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

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

The role of the Rams has definitely changed.

No longer are they the hunters looking to slay a giant. Now, they are the big, bad bully on the block with people targeting them.

“That’s just what it is now,” Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant said. “We are the hunted. People are wanting to be the team that beats us.

“For the guys and coaches, it isn’t too different. We still have the same goals and agendas as always and we know we will get everyone’s best shot so it makes us play with a chip on our shoulder.”

Fellow seniors, wide receiver/defensive back A.J. Coplon and linebacker Andrew Ramirez both echo the sentiments of their head coach.

“It’s really about the same to me,” Coplon said. “I honestly don’t think it has really hit me yet, but we are happy that our season got us back to this point to have a chance at winning it all again.”

Coplon and Ramirez have been leaders all season for the Rams. Coplon has emerged as one of the most explosive athletes in the area and most lethal defensive back and punt return weapon, while Ramirez is the team’s leader in tackling.

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