Tarboro returns to state-title winning ways after beating Mount Airy

(Jason O. Boyd, NewsChannel 12 graphic)

RALEIGH - The Vikings won the Class 1-AA state title for the first time since 2011 after rolling past Mount Airy, 32-7 on Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh.

Tarboro last won a state title in 2011, the third straight crown for the Vikings at the time. Todd Gurley, now with the Los Angeles Rams, was a star running back on that team.

Despite that success, the Vikings had fallen short in their quest to return to glory, losing in the state finals in 2012 and falling short each year after of a return trip to the state finals before Saturday's game against the Granite Bears.

Tarboro used a 6-yard touchdown run and a punt return for another score to take a 12-0 lead at the half. Despite several chances by Mount Airy, the Granite Bears were only able to muster a touchdown in the fourth quarter, which is also when the Vikings added three more touchdowns of their own.

Your 1AA State Champions @TarboroFootball! #NCHSAAFB ????

-- NCHSAA (@NCHSAA) December 10, 2017

Donavon Greene caught a 21-yard pass from quarterback Ian Holder for Mount Airy's touchdown with about 6 minutes left. Before that, Deontae Williams scored on a 1-yard run to increase Tarboro's lead to 18-0.

After those two touchdowns, the Vikings added two more scores. Williams reached the end zone again to push Tarboro's lead to 24-7. Jaquez Edge scored the game's final touchdown from 8 yards out.

The 1AA State Champion MVP Deontae Williams @TarboroFootball! #NCHSAAFB

-- NCHSAA (@NCHSAA) December 10, 2017
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