By CALVIN ADKINS
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
Six is likely a number that the Roanoke Rapids Yellow Jackets will never forget. Nor will Tarboro Viking Radja Bobbitt. Bobbitt who wears the No. 6 jersey, burned the Yellow Jackets for a career high six touchdowns, 228 yards on 9 carries en-route to a 56-19 victory Friday night in Tarboro. Bobbitt played only one offensive series in the second half. He scored then also.
Bobbitt's six touchdowns were one shy of the school record set by Ricky Dozier. Only benching him in the second half was perhaps the only method of keeping him from breaking Dozier's record. Bobbitt credited his teammates for his all-star type performance.
"I was surprised that I was not getting tackled," said the elated senior running back. "My linemen were doing so good and I made the best of my opportunities. I want to thank my line for blocking for me tonight."
As for as breaking Dozier's record he said, "I wanted to get out there and try to break Ricky Dozier's record but they wanted to keep me healthy.
Bobbitt scored touchdowns on the first three out of four times that he touched the football, which all but sealed the game. His first TD was a 10 yard scamper up the middle. He followed that up with 48 and 25-yard runs — in all three he was untouched.
Rayshawn Battle added a touchdown between Bobbitt's and the Vikings took a commanding 28-0 lead in the second quarter.
Playing behind the leadership of quarterback De'Juan Walker, Roanoke Rapids made the game respectful by scoring 13 points before halftime.
Bobbitt added two more touchdowns and the Vikings led 42-13 at the half. In the third quarter Bobbitt picked up where he left off with a 53-yard TD run. Dawson Harris added the extra point and the Vikings led 48-13.
Bobbitt was not the only star for the Vikings on Friday. Tarboro quarterback Tobias Pittman also had an outstanding game including a 73 yard-touchdown run in the third quarter.
Going into the bye week, the No. 3 ranked Vikings improved to 4-1 on the season. The win marked the 100th career victory for Jeff Craddock. Craddock was named head coach for the Vikings in 2002. Bobbitt's outstanding performance may have stole the thunder from Craddock's feat but the veteran coach didn't mind. He downplayed his role to reaching his milestone.
"It means that I've been blessed to have a lot of great players and a lot of great coaches," Craddock said. "Trust me, that doesn't happen without the coaches that I have, the athletes that I have, and all the hard work they put into the program. It speaks more about what they have done than what I've done."