For all the accomplishments of the Havelock High football team during the 2014 season, Matt Boykin still can’t shake the one disappointment.


For all the accomplishments of the Havelock High football team during the 2014 season, Matt Boykin still can’t shake the one disappointment.



“I haven’t gotten over it,” he said of Havelock’s 24-3 loss to Crest in the state 3A championship game. “It’s still in the back of my head, the fact that we lost that game and didn’t get a ring.”



Boykin and the rest of the Rams were recognized during an awards ceremony on Tuesday at the school’s Performing Arts Center.



Boykin was named the team’s Most Valuable Player. He was Havelock’s top receiver with 66 catches, 1,252 yards and 16 touchdowns, and was the second-leading rusher with 593 yards and another 12 touchdowns. He also added two scores on returns.



“It’s good, but I was really hoping that we would be getting some rings tonight,” he said of the award.



While recognizing the players with conference championship and other awards, coaches pointed out the success of the team the past four seasons, which included four eastern regional titles, four trips to the state championship game, three state titles and an overall 61-3 record, including 14-2 in 2014.



“No team in the state has done that the past four years,” Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant said. “I’m proud of them. They overcame a lot of adversity on and off the field.”



Along with recognition of 16 first-team and second-team all-conference players, team awards were handed out at the event. Anthony Fisher and Joey Godette received the defensive coaches award, Destin Flloyd won the defensive line award, Shondel Granison won the defensive skill position award, and Andrew Vanover was named the defensive MVP.



Kyran Bowman won the offensive coaches award, Martez Morris won the offensive line award, Tony Sharpe won the offensive skill position award, and Travis Sabdo was named the offensive MVP.



The junior varsity team was also recognized for its 9-0 year and a 42-game winning streak.