Tarboro blasts East Surry, repeats as 1AA state champions
The Tarboro Vikings earned a repeat as 1AA state champions and completed a second consecutive perfect season with a big 50-10 win over East Surry on Saturday night.
Few gave East Surry a chance to make this game competitive going in, but the Cardinals came to play.
Successfully controlling the ball for the first 7:12 of the game, the Cardinals came up short on their first drive when kicker Derek Sutterby missed a short field goal attempt.
On the ensuing Tarboro drive, East Surry forced a fumble, recovered it and took it all the way to the end zone to stake itself to an early 7-0 lead.
That touchdown resulted in the first deficit that Tarboro faced all season.
That deficit was short-lived, as Tarboro quarterback Kimani McDaniels took off for a 36-yard touchdown that showed off his next-level speed.
Then, early in the second quarter, it was Clifton Joyner Jr.’s turn to find paydirt to give Tarboro a 14-7 lead.
East Surry would cut the lead to four when Sutterby connected on his second field goal attempt to make it 14-10,
While the Cardinals put in a valiant effort to keep it close and briefly put Tarboro in a hole, the second half was all Vikings.
On the first possession of the third quarter, McDaniels scored his second touchdown of the night on a 65-yard dash.
Just a few minutes later, Joyner Jr. scored from a yard out for his second touchdown of the evening to put the Vikings ahead 29-10.
They weren’t done adding on.
After a running into the kicker penalty, the Vikings decided to fake a punt with a shorter distance to get a first down.
It didn’t matter how far he needed to go for the first down, because Keon Caudle took it all 40 yards to the end zone for a 36-10 Tarboro lead.
Jaquez Edge added another score from short distance, and Caudle added another touchdown from long range.