WINSTON-SALEM, N. C. (AP) -- Todd Gurley II scored two touchdowns and Tarboro's defense came up with an insurance score Saturday to beat Winston-Salem Carver 21-13 in the Class 2-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association championship.
Gurley, named the game's MVP, ran for 99 yards and one touchdown, and pulled in a 7-yard touchdown pass from Jamias Williams late in the third quarter that gave the Vikings a 14-13 lead.
On the Yellow Jackets' next possession, Vikings linebacker Markell Howell returned an interception 36 yards for a score. Tarboro's defense then stopped a potential game-tying drive at the goal line to give the Vikings (16-0) their second straight 2-A title and the third state title overall.
Madison Mills threw for 105 yards and one touchdown, and Channon Crawford ran for 52 yards and another score for Carver (13-3), which fell short in its bid to win its third state title.