The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

January 7, 2013

Vikings celebrate season at banquet

Sports Correspondent
Van Holland

TARBORO — The Tarboro Vikings football program celebrated their season Saturday night at the high school during their annual awards banquet.

Head coach Jeff Craddock took the time to talk about each and every individual player that was a part of the team this year.

He said his 13 seniors that will be graduating were a great class to coach and were just as good as previous senior classes.

Craddock talked about how the senior class didn't drop the ball by not winning the state championship. He said the seniors were a great group to work with and accomplished a lot while they were in his program.

Travonne Marshall was honored with an All-State team plaque for being named to the squad. He was also named the Eastern Plains Conference Defensive Player of the Year and was named the Vikings Most Valuable Player Saturday.

Craddock talked about Marshall and his ability to hurt players on both sides of the ball. He told a little story about the linebacker from Beddingfield during the final regular season game that had been talking trash to Marshall. He said Marshall asked him to run a certain play so he could block the guy. As Craddock told the story he grinned. He said the first time Marshall hit the guy he stunned him, then the next play Marshall hit the guy again and stunned him again. The third time Marshall laid into him he put the guy on his knees and sent him off the field crying.

Tyquan Lewis was named the Vikings Defensive MVP and also received awards for being named to the offensive and defensive All-Conference team, making the first team on the All-State team and received several other awards.

Aaron Moore was named the Offensive MVP for his performances this season. Moore guided the Vikings for two straight seasons under center. He also received and award for being selected to the All-Conference team as a defensive back.

Quentin Roberson received the teams best offensive running back award for his performances during his senior season. Roberson was also given a plaque for making the All-Conference team and for being named the All-Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

Daquan Battle received an award for being named to the All-Conference team and for being the Vikings Most Improved player this season.

Running back Radja Bobbitt was given the Rookie of the Year award for his hard work in the back field this season. He was also given an award for being named to the second team in the conference.

Senior Antonio Winstead was given the Coaches Award. He was also given a plaque for being named to the All-Conference team.

Most Valuable Player – Travonne Marshall

Defensive MVP – Tyquan Lewis

Offensive MVP – Aaron Moore

Best Running Back – Quentin Roberson

Most Improved – Daquan Battle

Rookie of the Year – Radja Bobbitt

Coaches Award – Antonio Winstead