Tarboro won its third consecutive NCHSAA state football championship Saturday, topping Lincolnton 39-36 at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh.
Todd Gurley II rushed for 242 yards and four touchdowns as Tarboro took the 2A state title.
One hundred and ninety-seven of Gurley's yards came in the second half. He scored the game-winning TD with just more than three minutes to play, and was named the game's MVP.
Tarboro (13-2) and Lincolnton (14-2) combined for 47 second-half points. Dee Littlejohn had 115 yards for the Wolves in a losing effort, including two TD runs.
4A - Scotland County 42, Porter Ridge 16: The Scots (15-0) overcame an early 13-0 deficit and won their first state championship.
3A - Havelock 38, West Rowan 6: Havelock ended West Rowan's run of state titles at three, earning its first state football championship in school history with a dominating performance. The Rams (16-0) rolled through the 3A playoffs, outscoring their five opponents by a combined score of 276-56. Havelock beat Cleveland in the 3A eastern regional championship game last week.
The Rams' Andy Keel ran for two touchdowns, while Garrett Crowe was 15-of-22 with two touchdowns passing, both to Pharoh Cooper (four catches, 86 yards).
West Rowan (13-3)'s lone score came on a 38-yard run by Dinkin Miller in the third quarter.
1AA - Swain County 20, Ayden-Grifton 14: Swain County's Jacob Wildcatt blocked Ayden-Grifton's potential go-ahead field goal, then went on a game-winning touchdown drive to take the 1AA state championship at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem.Seven plays later, Austin Shuler ran in from five yards out to push Swain County ahead 20-14. Shuler ran for two TDs on the day. Swain County took a 14-0 lead at the half, but Ayden-Grifton charged back to tie the game at 14 in the third quarter on a 43-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Larry to Brandon Whitaker and a 5-yard Tyree Blount TD run. Jesse Otero led Swain (15-1) with 94 yards rushing, while Kariym Gent had 12- for Ayden-Grifton (13-2).
2AA - West Stokes 21, Kinston 14: Kinston jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead but couldn't score the rest of the way as West Stokes (16-0) claimed the 2A title in Raleigh. West Stokes running back Austin Fleming ran for all three Wildcat touchdowns on the afternoon, compiling 102 yards on 23 carries. Quarterback C.J. Bradshaw and Shaheed Swinson ran for touchdowns for the Vikings in the loss. Kinston out gained the Wildcats 314-242 on the night, but had four turnovers to West Stokes' 1.