"Our coach talked to us at halftime and asked if we wanted to be state champions or runners-up," said Derrell Scott. "Everybody said they wanted to be state champions, so we made the right adjustments and came out with the ‘W'."
Being a three-year starter, the four-star running back was on the Havelock team that made an early exit in the 2010 playoffs. That loss made the championship victory even better.
"It feels great because I suffered the lost against Eastern Alamance my freshman year, so it's really special to me," he said. "I know how it feels to get close and lose."
"You just always have to keep fighting and never give up. That's what this game was – a fight. If we would have given up, we would have never gotten the win."
Scott, who carried the ball 18 times for 149 yards and two touchdowns, said two things contributed to his team's second half success.
"Defense and we ran the ball well in the second half," he said. "That helped us burn the clock. We had more time of possession than they did, which really helped a lot."
Could a three-peat be possible for the Rams?
"It's already entered my mind as a competitor," said the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Scott. "We can do it. As long as we work hard in the offseason and do what coach tells us to – anything is possible."
Now that the season is over, Scott will focus more on recruiting. The No. 11 running back in the 2014 class has had a top three for a while and that has not changed.
Along with the schools above, Scott also has scholarship offers from Duke, East Carolina, Louisiana-Lafayette, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech. He is also attracting a significant amount of interest from Alabama, LSU, and Notre Dame.
As for offseason trips, there are three schools Scott hopes to visit.
"I want to check out Alabama, Notre Dame, and Ohio State," said Scott.
"I'm just going to keep it open right now and see how many schools offer me. If stays where it is right now, I'll probably make my decision after my senior year."
Scott finished the season with 180 carries for 1,760 yards and 34 touchdowns. He also had 11 receptions for 190 yards and two touchdowns.