Tarboro's Radja Bobbitt runs the ball Friday during the game against Northern Nash at Northern Nash High School.
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Tarboro's Radja Bobbitt runs the ball Friday during the game against Northern Nash at Northern Nash High School.

Barn Burner: Tarboro outlasts Northern Nash

By Nick Piotrowicz

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Thirteen points would have been good enough to win either of the past two meetings between Tarboro and Northern Nash, both highly defensive, low-scoring games.

When the two sides met Friday at Northern Nash, there were 13 total touchdowns, and 35 points wasn’t good enough to walk away with a victory.

The Vikings had three players rush for more than 100 yards and six players score a touchdown, as the Vikings beat the Knights for the eighth consecutive year, 47-35.

“If you would have told me they were going to score 35, and we were going to win,” Tarboro coach Jeff Craddock said before shrugging and shaking his head. “That’s a lot of points. That’s the game of football, though.”

Craddock said that he wasn’t expecting such a high-scoring game simply because the Knights’ defense was so difficult to move against the past two years.

“Not anything about their offense, it’s been their defense that’s been so tough on us for two years,” Craddock said.

Travonne Marshall, playing against his former teammates, rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning score, a 53-yard run in the fourth quarter.

With many of his friends still in green-and-gold, Marshall said the school day was long for him.

“I was nervous to come out here and play this game,” Marshall said. “When I got out here on the field, I overheated a little bit, so I took all my stuff off and calmed down. Then it was just about going out there and doing what I was going to do.”

The Knights went down, 40-21, after Marshall’s second score, but scored twice in 3:11 to claw within five points.

On a key fourth-and-six with 1:40 remaining, the Vikings (3-0) ran a bootleg, and Aaron Moore found Tyquan Lewis for a 12-yard touchdown.

Northern Nash coach Mickey Crouch said he was proud of the Knights (1-2).

“I wouldn’t trade our kids for anything,” Crouch said. “We got down three scores and they never quit.”

Crouch said he’s encouraged for the rest of the season.

“When we had our real good team that went to the third round of the playoffs (in 2010), we had the same record we do right now,” Crouch said. “When you have kids that fight, good things will come down the road.” Tarboro 47 Northern Nash 35 T               0    20    14    13    –    47 NN           7    7    7    14    –    35 First Quarter NN – Quez Avent 4 run (Dylan Hodges kick), 5:20 Second Quarter T – Travonne Marhsall 39 run (kick fails), 9:19 T – Aaron Moore 24 run (Marshall kick), 7:12 T – Quinton Roberson 12 run (Marshall kick), 4:56 NN – Avent 20 run (Hodges kick), 3:18 Third Quarter NN – Quay Mann 10 run (Hodges kick), 8:42 T – Radja Bobbitt 4 run (Marshall kick), 5:24 T – Jon Jon Castillo 36 run (Marshall kick), 1:04 Fourth Quarter T – Travonne Marhsall 53 run (kick fails), 11:51 NN – Avent 4 run (Hodges kick), 8:11 NN – Mann 15 run (Hodges kick), 5:00 T – Tyquan Lewis 12 pass from Moore (Marshall kick), 1:34 TNN 13    First downs..............18 40–398    Rushes-yards....34–212 63    Passing yards............60 2–3–0    Passes..............3–9–0 461    Total offense..............272 4–3    Fumbles-Lost...........5–3 3–15    Penalties-Yards.......3–15 Individual Statistics Rushing – T: Marshall 6-110; Roberson 8-107; Bobbitt 13-100; Castillo 4-49; Moore 4-28; Odis Draughn 2-8; Team 3-(-3). NN: Avent 18-100; Mann 9-65; Marquez Farmer 16-59 Jaquez Howington 1-(-6); Devonte Ricks 2-(-6). Passing – T: Moore 2-3-1, 51. NN: Farmer 3-9-0, 60. Receiving – T: Antonio Winstead 1-51; Lewis 1-12. NN: Kendrick Richardson 2-47; Donte McNeil 1-13. Nick Piotrowicz can be reached at 407-9952 or npiotrowicz@rmtelegram.com