While preparing for state title game, A.C. Reynolds relishes the moment

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A.C. Reynolds High School will try for its fourth state championship on Saturday against New Hanover, the first time any members of the team have played in a championship game. Head coach Shane Laws was in his third season when the Rockets last won it all in 2009, and he's stressing to his players to not let the preparation get in the way of the memory. "We've asked a lot of these guys. These guys have been working their tails off since January to get ready for this," said Laws before the Rockets practice on Wednesday. "I do want them to enjoy the moment. I want them to understand that this is a real blessing."

The Rockets will take on a team that, like it, has rolled through their schedule up to this point. The Wildcats have outscored their opponents on average by 24 points per game en route to a 14-1 record. This will be the third straight opponent for Reynolds that comes in averaging more than forty points per game. For only the second time all season, the Laws' team found itself trailing at halftime. A second half surge and defensive clamp-down on Sun Valley allowed the Rockets to dig out of a nine point hole and win the game. "I was really proud of the way they kept their composure and they handled themselves when things didn't go exactly the way we planned early on," said Laws. "That's when you know a team is special. That's when you know a team's different. That's when you know it's the kind of team that gets to play in this game Saturday."

Kickoff between the Rockets and the Wildcats is set for 7:00pm at Wallace Wade Stadium on the campus of Duke University in Durham. My40 will carry the game live, as well as the 1A state championship featuring the Cherokee Braves.

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