After wins this past weekend, both Tarboro High School and Northern Nash High School have advanced to the state championship. Tarboro will compete against Mount Airy for the 1A Championship while Northern will face East Lincoln for the 3A Championship.
Tarboro defeated Rosewood 35-7 to clinch the 1A east championship on Friday night. Meanwhile, Northern sealed their 23-22 win with a last minute touchdown to win the 3A eastern championship over Seventy-First.
Tarboro is competing for the state championship for the sixth straight season, including wins the last two seasons. Tarboro boasts a 13-1 record and was the #1 seed in the playoffs, while Mount Airy comes into the game 14-1 and held the #4 spot in the playoffs. Tarboro defeated Mount Airy 32-7 in 2017 to win the state title.
Northern Nash is reaching the state championship for the second time. Their first appearance was in 2002 in the 4A Championship, where they were defeated 14-7 by A.C. Reynolds. This year Northern enters the championship as the #1 seed with a 15-0 record. Their opponent, #4 East Lincoln, also has a 15-0 record.
Both championship games will be played this Saturday, December 10 at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh. Tarboro will play at 3:00 p.m., and Northern plays at 7:00 p.m. You can purchase tickets online for the Tarboro game or for the Northern Nash game. Tickets are $15 for each game.