This trip to state title game similar to last year for Rams

Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 12:45 AM.

The Havelock Rams are headed to the 3A state championship game in Winston-Salem this weekend. It’s becoming a routine.

The Rams defeated West Rowan 38-6 last season for the school’s first state title in football since 1971.

On Saturday, the Rams face Concord in an attempt to win back-to-back state titles.

Several of the team’s players were in Chapel Hill last season to celebrate the victory. They are expecting to feel much of the same emotions this year.

“I don’t think it will be too different this year,” Havelock senior quarterback Pharoh Cooper said. “Since I’m a senior, it will, but we still have to go out there and play ball like we always do and be humble about it. It is special though to be playing my last high school game in the state championship.”

Cooper was the Offensive Most Valuable Player in the championship game — catching passes from Garrett Crowe, who is helping coach the Rams this season.

“This year’s team has more options and more weapons than we did last year,” Crowe said. “Pharoh is a dual-threat quarterback and there is just more team speed. This team’s defense is better, they tackle a lot better. They’re excited, this is what they’ve strived for all year long.”

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