New Bern High School football team gets 4A state championship ring

New Bern High School football team gets 4A state championship ring

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It was a big day for the New Bern High School football team, as the Bears received their 4A state championship rings Sunday afternoon to celebrate an incredible season last fall.

What a year for this group, a 16-0 undefeated season, the third time in school history that has happened. The ride was capped off with a 40-28 upset of Grimsley in the 4A championship game in Chapel Hill. Also, the Bears won that game without throwing a single pass. Getting the shiny bling at the end of the ride made all that effort worth it for head coach Torey Noel and his Bears.

"It's bittersweet, it's the last part of high school football. Getting the ring was the last part," said New Bern senior and Florida State signee K.J. Sampson. "It's another step to becoming an adult and getting ready to go to the next level."

"I'm all over the place right now, I don't know if I'm excited, if I'm going to cry, but I know I'm bouncing off the walls. I finally feel real now that we got our ring that we've been waiting for so long. It was worth the wait. , was definitely worth the wait,' said senior William Brimmer, who picked up 11 sacks at outside linebacker for the Bears this season.

It was the fourth state championship in New Bern history and first since 2014.

"I just know that every game, every practice, we went out and gave it everything we had," said No'Tavien Green, MVP of the 4A state championship game. "I'm really going to remember the relationships I've built with these guys, because they're once-in-a-lifetime opportunities."

Nowell is proud of his group for accomplishing its mission to restore the pride of "Bear Ball" to its former glory.

"Obviously a great experience today for these guys, it's been a great 4 years with this senior group," Nowell said. "As I told the team earlier, we have brought New Bern back to where it was. Now the young people know they have to hold on to it.

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