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November 1, 2013

Tarboro runs over Northampton, seals conference title

TARBORO — Tarboro captured their first 1-A Two Rivers Conference title and remained unbeaten in the conference Thursday night when they blew out Northampton County 50-7. The Vikings defense played another superb game giving up just 68 total yards of offense and held the Jaguars to just four first downs.

"After giving up that score we dug in on defense and played another great game," Tarboro coach Jeff Craddock said. "For quite a few weeks Coach (A.B.) Whitley has done a great job preparing our defense."

Coming into the game, Craddock was concerned about the Vikings stopping the Jaguars quarterback Keion Crossen. He knew Crossen was very athletic and could get into open field and make big plays. That didn't happen but one time and that was Crossen's first carry of the game when he scored from 37 yards out after Tarboro fumbled the ball on their open possession.

The Vikings were able to run for 384 yards and threw for 20 more. Their offense was spread out with nine players rushing for positive yards and three different players scored a rushing TD.

Fullback Julian Lee led the way with seven carries for 84 yards and a TD and is backup, Markese Clapp rushed for 40 yards on seven carries and scored twice on the ground. He also returned an interception for a 28-yard TD as well.

"I saw the screen pass coming so I stepped up under the screen and made the pick and returned it for the touchdown," Clapp said. "We hadn't seen that play on film and i was just ready for it and made the play."

Tarboro's leading rusher Radja Bobbitt was held to 82 yards on 13 touches. Bobbitt's lone TD came when he returned a punt for 48 yards down the right sideline untouched after fooling the Jaguars special teams making them think he wasn't going to pick the ball up. When they thought it was going out of bounds Bobbitt grabbed it and ran it back to put Tarboro up 14-7.

Rayshawn Battle and Loody Hinton stepped in and added a score apiece on the ground and also chipped in 69 yards together.

"We have enough players now because we built some depth because of our injuries and a lot of players have contributed throughout the season," Craddock said. "We never know who is going to make the play, because we don't know who is going to be out there sometimes."

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