Woods has all-around game in helping Rams to third straight title

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Taylor Woods puts a finger to the sky as he celebrates with teammates after the state 3A championship game on Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh. Woods had three catches for 25 yards, two rushes for eight yards, nine tackles and one pass breakup as the Rams beat Concord 21-13.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 01:17 AM.

Sometimes, there’s crying in football. And on Saturday, senior Taylor Woods was among the Rams with tears flowing after Havelock beat Concord 21-13 to win its third consecutive state 3A championship.

“It was very emotional,” he said. “Right when it hit zero, I just started crying. I was running down the middle of the field just crying.

“It’s once in a lifetime to do a three-peat. It’s crazy. We left a legacy, but not really a legacy. That’s a dynasty right there. I’m just happy that we gave back to the community another state championship.”

Woods had his typical all-around game for the Rams in the state championship game. The two-way starter caught three passes for 25 yards and had two rushes for eight yards on offense. Playing safety in the secondary of the Havelock defense, Woods totaled nine tackles and had a pass breakup.

He credited the team’s workouts for helping him play on both sides of the ball and for helping the Rams win another state championship.

“We didn’t do ‘Black Reign’ at 6 in the morning for nothing,” he said. “That really helped us a lot. Why make it to the state championship and lose. We wanted to finish this year winning it, and we did.”

But, it didn’t look promising for the Rams early, as they fell behind Concord 10-0 early in the second quarter.

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