Rams ready to go after fourth straight title

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Havelock football coach Jim Bob Bryant watches as centers Zach Vernier and Justin Wears go through drills during practice. Bryant has guided the Rams to three straight state championships.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 09:16 AM.

After three consecutive state championships, the Havelock Rams enter the 2014 season with inexperienced players in the backfield and secondary.

But that doesn’t mean the players and Coach Jim Bob Bryant think a fourth straight title is out of reach.

“That will be our goal every year no matter what kids we have coming through the program,” Bryant said of winning the state title. “On paper, we look pretty good. We don’t go into any game thinking that we’re going to keep it close and try to win it at the end. We’re going into every game expecting to win.

“I heard a coach the other day on TV say that they hoped to finish in the middle of the conference. I don’t care who I’ve got, that’s not what we’re hoping for. We’re hoping to win every game we play. If you hope for anything less than that, I think you’re selling the kids short.”

The Rams went 16-0 last year and have gone 47-1 in their three state title seasons. While they will have to replace some key players from last season, the Rams have a junior varsity team that hasn’t lost in three seasons.

Perhaps Havelock’s biggest losses from last year are Derrell Scott and Taylor Woods, who combined for 3,157 yards rushing and 39 touchdowns a year ago for an offense that averaged 42.6 points per game. Both are playing this year in college.

“It’s going to be tough to replace two guys who were as productive as they were,” Bryant said. “Derrell’s the all-time leading rusher in school history, and I think Taylor is fourth. But, we’ve got some real good young kids back there.”



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