State title games never get old for Bryant, Rams


Havelock head football coach Jim Bob Bryant introduces his assistant coaches and school administrators at Monday’s NCHSAA state championship press conference at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh. Bryant is leading the Rams into their third 3A state championship game in a row.

Rick Scoppe/Halifax Media Service
Published: Monday, December 9, 2013 at 07:12 PM.

RALEIGH – Jim Bob Bryant was an assistant coach at Williamston for four state championship games. At Havelock, the Rams’ sixth-year mentor is enjoying his third-consecutive trip to the 3A state finals.

The pageantry and experience never gets old.

“It’s still a special day, anytime you get a chance to play in a state championship,” Bryant said at Monday’s state championship press conference in Raleigh. “This is a special moment for our coaches, community and our kids, especially for some of our young kids who have never been here before.”

Havelock is scheduled to play Concord at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh. The Rams won titles in Chapel Hill in 2011 and Winston-Salem last season.

Bryant relishes in seeing the expression on the faces of his players.

“Having a chance to go two years ago in 2011, as a head coach, the experience I cherished the most was watching those kids on the field,” Bryant said. “We are in it for the kids, and to see the kids’ excitement on the field, and see them make good plays. The most exciting thing for me is seeing the kids’ reaction to everything.”

Bryant brought his entourage to Monday’s event, including athletics director Mitch Williams, Principal Dr. Jeffrey Murphy, and coaches Caleb King, Kenny Frazier, Chris Crowe, Garrett Crowe and Shane Williams.

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