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January 11, 2018

Big East

Rocky Mount (10-2) vs. Wilson Fike (7-6)

Season so far: Only 12 games into the 2017-18 season, the Gryphons sit at 10-2, the same number in the win column as last year’s team.

It’s been a different climate and attitude so far, said Rocky Mount coach Michael Gainey, whose record…


December 23, 2017

Phillip Willoughby and Tarboro High football coach Jeff Craddock are watching film together on an opponent. Film sessions are a large part of the Vikings’ game preparation.

Early Saturday mornings are dedicated to breaking down game tape. It’s never too early to begin work on the next game. By now,…


December 09, 2017

RALEIGH -- In the corner of the end zone, the one with N.C. State painted in white block letters, Tarboro High’s marching band danced and blared music from brass horns throughout the NCHSAA 1-AA state championship game.

The music might as well have been a 48-minute victory anthem as the…


December 09, 2017

RALEIGH -- Keon Caudle walked out of Tarboro High’s assigned locker room at Carter-Finley Stadium following the Vikings’ 32-7 win over Mount Airy in the NCHSAA 1-AA state championship game.

Caudle was yelling and celebrating with his teammates moments earlier, but when the junior…


December 09, 2017

The drive for five ended exactly the way the Tarboro Vikings had hoped, with a 32-7 victory that cemented the 2017 Vikings alongside all four title teams of Tarboro past. Here are five plays that shaped the outcome of the game.

Devontae Davis’s first quarter interception

The situation: In a…


December 09, 2017

RALEIGH —- It was the onside kick that changed the game.

Well, almost.

Right after a 36-yard touchdown pass that cut Tarboro’s lead to 11 points with six minutes left in the fourth quarter, Mount Airy kicker Robert Brown dribbled a kick exactly 10 yards, then pounced on his own…


December 08, 2017

No. 1 Tarboro vs. No. 1 Mount Airy

The game: The 1-AA football bracket is down to Eastern Conference representative Tarboro (14-0) and Western Conference representative Mount Airy (14-0), which will play today at 4 p.m. at Carter-Finley Stadium for the state championship. Both entered the…


December 08, 2017

Former Tarboro High linebacker Saiid Murphy knew his situation was unique once he began talking with his college teammates at Gardner-Webb University about their high schools.

“The thing about Tarboro is that the whole town has this mentality that once you play for the football team…


December 07, 2017

Tae Randolph noticed the size of his opponents first. Then, the Tarboro High quarterback saw beards poking through chin straps.

“My first varsity game, it was crazy,” Randolph said. “The game was so much faster than what I was used to. Guys were bigger and so much faster. It was a…


December 05, 2017

RALEIGH — As they watch their respective units perform at school-record paces this season, Tarboro offensive coordinator Ricky Babb and defensive coordinator Andrew Harding are also pleased with their own personal statistics.

Within the past three years, the duo has undergone dramatic weight…

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