GREENVILLE (WITN) - The 2019 high school football season officially kicked off Thursday with preseason camps starting across the state of North Carolina.
The WITN EndZone team made stops at Havelock and J.H. Rose.
The Havelock Rams have a new head coach this year as former Greene Central head coach Allen Wooten takes over for Caleb King.
"Hopefully we're physical, disciplined," said first-year head coach Allen Wooten at practice Thursday morning. "I think discipline is the key thing we've been harping on. In the school, in the community, in the fieldhouse, on the field. Just do your job. Get back to the huddle and get ready for the next play. I think as long as we do that, you'll see a successful season out of Havelock football."
The Rams finished 13-1 last season, falling to Jacksonville in the 3A championship game.
"With Havelock football, every single year you go in trying to win a state championship, and that has not changed this year either," senior WR/CB Dru Dotter added.
This year's team returns a skilled running back and line backing core, and according to the players, Wooten fits the "Havelock way."
In fact, Wooten's brother Brent is the team's offensive coordinator.
Outside of a three-way competition for the starting quarterback position, this Havelock team already seems ready to roll.
The Rams open the 2019 season on the road against Dillon on Friday, August 23 with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m.
J.H. ROSE RAMPANTS
Head coach David Wojtecki enters his seventh season in charge of the Rampants and is looking to build upon last year's 8-4 record.
Wojtecki says this year's squad is one big family and has a ton of experience in the trenches. In fact, the entire defensive line started last season.
"These guys seem to really care about each other and push each other to get better every single day," Wojtecki said.
But the team also loses key playmakers like wide receiver Ben Harris and quarterback Grant Charles Jarman, both to graduation.
However, replacing Jarman is another Jarman. Younger brother, Wade, is set to take over under center.
"My brother was a good quarterback, but I want to be even better," said Wade Jarman. "I wear these shoes for him because he means the world to me. So, I'm just carrying on what he did."
According to Wojtecki, Wade is a dangerous dual-threat signal caller.
"We're young, but [Wade] is very experienced," added Wojtecki at practice Thursday afternoon. "He's a winner. He knows how to win. He's a competitor, and he wants to win."
The Rampants begin their 2019 campaign at home against Fike on Friday, August 23 with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.
"This is our year," said Wade Jarman. "I want everyone to know that."