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January 11, 2018

Big East

Rocky Mount (10-2) vs. Wilson Fike (7-6)

Season so far: Only 12 games into the 2017-18 season, the Gryphons sit at 10-2, the same number in the win column as last year’s team.

It’s been a different climate and attitude so far, said Rocky Mount coach Michael Gainey, whose record…


Telegram's DPOY Willoughby guides Tarboro to best defensive season

December 23, 2017

Phillip Willoughby and Tarboro High football coach Jeff Craddock are watching film together on an opponent. Film sessions are a large part of the Vikings’ game preparation.

Early Saturday mornings are dedicated to breaking down game tape. It’s never too early to begin work on the next game. By now,…


Tarboro football secures program's fifth state championship

December 09, 2017

RALEIGH -- In the corner of the end zone, the one with N.C. State painted in white block letters, Tarboro High’s marching band danced and blared music from brass horns throughout the NCHSAA 1-AA state championship game.

The music might as well have been a 48-minute victory anthem as the…


Unsung heroes come through for Vikings

December 09, 2017

RALEIGH -- Keon Caudle walked out of Tarboro High’s assigned locker room at Carter-Finley Stadium following the Vikings’ 32-7 win over Mount Airy in the NCHSAA 1-AA state championship game.

Caudle was yelling and celebrating with his teammates moments earlier, but when the junior…