The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

October 19, 2012

Coming down to crunch time

Van Holland

TARBORO — It is coming down to crunch time for two of the three teams in Edgecombe County high school football. The SouthWest Edgecombe Cougars and the North Edgecombe Warriors are in need of big wins tonight to make sure that aren't faced with a tough opponent in the first round of the NCHSAA state playoffs that begin in two weeks.

Both teams will have plenty of time to get healthy and prepare for the their opponents, because tonight is their last game of the regular season.

On the other hand, the Tarboro Vikings are sitting on top of the mountain again this year and are undefeated going into the tenth week of the season.

Tarboro is coming off of what head coach Jeff Craddock called a great win by his team against a great Cougar football program. Tarboro defeated SouthWest last week 43-22 in what turned out to be a mistake free game by the Vikings.

Craddock said his team is getting to where they need to be and they are just a good football team right now but they are getting better each day.

Tarboro will travel to Farmville Central tonight to play the Jaguars. Tarboro is the favored going into the game, because Farmville Central isn't at the same level as Tarboro. The Jaguars are giving up over 35 plus points per game and are struggling when it comes to scoring. They have won only one game this season, which was against Beddingfield.

Tarboro's offense has been more than impressive this season. They have four different backs which include quarterback Aaron Moore who are gaining massive amounts of yards each game and don't depend on just one player to get the job done.

Tarboro should be able to dominate the field against the Jaguars and score on any given play.

Tarboro has one more game left after tonight's which is against the Beddingfield Bruins next week. If Tarboro can win both games, then they will have a shot at getting the No. 1 seed in the East 2-A NCHSAA bracket in the playoffs.

They may be able to repeat a 2010 season.

The Cougars are coming off a very disappointing loss to the Vikings.

Head coach Raymond Cobb said his team played the best team in conference last week in Tarboro.

This week will be different for his Cougars because they are hosting a slumping Greene Central Rams team that has won only one game this season. They have lost seven games in a row which included six of them being by 20 plus points.

SouthWest had been controlling the ball and the clock most of the season, but the last two weeks have been tough on them, because their opponents have held the Cougars to under 20 minutes of possession time each of the two games.

The Cougars are sitting at 4-5 overall right now and have a 3-2 record in the conference. With a win, the Cougars would seal their faith and secure a playoff spot this year, which means Cobb has made the playoffs every year as a head coach.

The Warriors are coming off an impressive 14-8 win over Weldon in Tar-Roanoke Conference action. The Warriors are 2-2 in conference play now and are sitting in fourth place. If the Warriors can defeat Gates County tonight, when they travel to Gateville, then they will secure a playoff berth and could possibly finish in third place depending on how Gates County finishes out the season next week.

Last week the Warriors coaching staff came together for the second time this season, because head coach Keith Parisher was out all week due to being sick. He had gall bladder surgery earlier in the week last week and was on the sidelines Friday for the victory.

He said he was glad he had a coaching staff that he could depend on to prepare his team for that game.