Five Tarboro players to watch in Saturday's game


Tarboro quarterback Kimani McDaniels is tackled from behind by North Stanly's Cameron Davis during a third round playoff game in December.


Friday, December 14, 2018

Keon Caudle, No. 3, running back, cornerback — The senior rusher for the Vikings does enough as an offensive player, but he also has been playing cornerback since Tarboro’s game against SouthWest Edgecombe, and, in the team’s semifinal game last Friday against Edenton Holmes, returned a punt for a touchdown that went viral on Twitter. 

Melik Ward, No. 65 defensive end, center — Ward has been a rare four-year starter for defensive coordinator Andrew Harding’s unit, and has also helped on offense as center for quarterback Kimani McDaniels. The senior is a force on both sides and leads the defense with 19 tackles for loss.

Kendarious Jenkins, No. 25 safety — If you’ve watched a Tarboro game this season, you’ve probably seen Jenkins’ No. 25 jersey flying around on defense. He’s a ball hawk at safety who leads the Vikings with seven interceptions, and is also in charge of calling out his unit’s pre-snap audibles.

Ja’Viyes Massenburg, No. 11, defensive end — At 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, the junior is a lot to handle for opposing offensive lines at any classification. He leads the team in sacks with six. 

Kimani McDaniels, No. 12, quarterback — The junior orchestrates the Tarboro T and distributes the ball among four senior running backs. He’s also an all-state sprinter who, on the right occasion, can run the play-action pass to perfection.