HAVELOCK - Several football programs across North Carolina can count on being in the postseason every year barring catastrophe.
Havelock is one of those programs and this year, the Rams are entering the postseason as the No. 1 seed in the 3A East bracket.
The Rams are 10-0 on the year and were 5-0 as Coastal 3A Conference champions.
Up first for Havelock is the 16-seed Northside-Jacksonville (4-6), a conference foe.
The two schools played back on Oct. 19, a 56-14 Havelock win.
Though the Rams will be favored Friday, head coach Caleb King makes sure his team doesn't overlook anyone.
"One hundred percent, our focus is just on Northside this week," King said.
"I think they are a better team than their record says and they are physical and athletic."
Looking deeper into the bracket, Havelock would face either the 8-seed Southern Lee (7-3) or No. 9 Franklinton (7-4) in the second round.
The Rams will be at home as long as they are still playing all the way up to the state championship game.
Possible third-round matchups would likely be either No. 4 Terry Sanford (8-3) or No. 5 Rocky Mount (8-1).
The Rams were supposed to play Rocky Mount this season but that game was washed out by Hurricane Florence.
On the bottom half of the bracket, Southern Nash (9-0) received the 2 seed, Western Alamance (10-1) got the 3 and familiar foe Jacksonville (7-1) the No. 6 seed.
For Havelock, the program has a postseason record of 33-6 since the 2009 season.
King, in his second year as head coach, guided Havelock to the state title game a year ago, a 28-14 loss to Charlotte Catholic.
Havelock has been motivated by that game to get back for another shot at Catholic, but at the same time, has managed to take care of business week to week throughout the season.
"Our guys seem really zeroed in these days," King said.
"Coming off a conference championship, we didn't get to play last week but we've had great practices. Our bracket is a tough one with a lot of conference champs in it."
Havelock was supposed to play Hunt this past Friday but the Warriors forfeited due to a fight with rival Fike the previous week.
Of the possible matchups for the Rams down the road, they defeated both Southern Nash and Western Alamance a year ago and have not lost to Jacksonville since 2007.
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