Gurley Watch: Rams win as another Viking debuts

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Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley celebrates after scoring during the first half in an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


Sports Writer

Monday, November 12, 2018

While the Los Angeles Rams and Todd Gurley got back on track with a victory over Seattle, another former Tarboro Viking was making his debut in Indianapolis on Sunday. 

Tarboro’s Tyquan Lewis, the defensive end picked at No. 64 for the Colts this past draft, got his first career start against the Jacksonville Jaguars, having missed the first eight weeks of the season with a foot injury, The results were impressive. 

“He looked good and solid, and I think he held up really well,” Colts coach Frank Reich told reporters after the game. 

In a 29-26 victory for the 4-5 Colts, Lewis finished with three tackles, a pass breakup and a quarterback hit, which came on a third-and-11 late in the game on Blake Bortles that ended a drive near midfield. 

“Coming into it, I knew they always had a lot of faith in me," Lewis told reporters after the game. "I never missed a meeting, I was always being attentive, I take notes, I’m a student of the game. I just do what’s necessary — whatever they ask of me, I just try to be versatile in everything I do.”

After the game, Lewis noted that Sunday would have been his great-grandmother’s 94th birthday.

On the West Coast, Gurley was producing another impressive stat line. After suffering their first loss of the season last Sunday, the Rams bounced back with a 36-31 defeat of Seattle to improve to 9-1, and Gurley had one of his best days on the ground. 

He finished with 120 yards and a touchdown on just 16 carries, while chipping in three catches for 40 yards in the passing game. 

The touchdown was Gurley’s 17th of the season, his 13th on the ground, and his 15th straight game scoring at least one touchdown. With six games left, Tarboro’s own needs only 12 more yards to break 1,000. 

Elsewhere, for Gurley and Lewis’ high school team, Tarboro earned a No. 1 overall seed in the 1-AA football postseason this past weekend, giving them a bye for the upcoming week. The Vikings have won 26 straight after toppling SouthWest Edgecombe on Friday. 

Next week: The Rams will host the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN. The Colts will host the Titans on Sunday at 1 p.m.