Wednesday, December 6, 2017

1AA Preview: Tarboro vs. Mount Airy

The 4 o'clock 1AA matchup in Raleigh features two undefeated teams in Tarboro and Mount Airy. Both teams come into the game with identical 14-0 records. Tarboro is looking for the fifth title in their school's history while the Granite Bears of Mount Airy are looking for their second title.

Carter Finley Stadium

Both teams are stingy on defense only giving up a total of 229 points throughout the 28 combined games that the teams have played.

Leading the way for the Vikings is senior quarterback Tae Randolph and Deontae Williams. On their way to averaging 52 points a game, Tarboro has averaged over 350 yards rushing per contest. Defensively, Tarboro has only given up 17 points so far in the playoffs. During the regular season, the Vikings pitched six shutouts while giving up less than 100 yards per game on average.

Mount Airy can score a bunch of points as well, averaging over 45 points per game. The Granite Bears have a fairly balanced attack, averaging 257 yards on the ground and 148 yards through the air each game. Senior quarterback Ian Holder has thrown for 23 touchdowns and almost 1900 yards while also running for over a thousand yards and 13 scores. Donovan Green has over 1000 yards receiving for the Granite Bears and sophomore Jonathan Smith has eclipsed the 100-yard mark ten times this season and has almost 1500 yards total.