2017 NCHSAA Football 1A State Championship

2017 NCHSAA Football 1A State Championship Recap

Tarboro and Cherokee have won the 2017 NCHSAA Football 1A State Championship (1AA & 1A).

1AA State Championship

Tarboro 32, Mount Airy 7


1st Quarter


2nd Quarter

Tarboro: Keon Caudle 6-yard TD run (PAT no good) T 6-0

Tarboro: Jyron Albritton 36-yard punt return TD (2pt. failed) T 12-0

3rd Quarter


4th Quarter

Tarboro: Deontae Williams 1-yard TD run (PAT no good) T 18-0

Mount Airy: Ian Holder 36-yard TD pass to Donavon Greene (Robert Brown PAT) T 18-7

Tarboro: Williams 14-yard TD run (Seth Dupree PAT) T 25-7

Tarboro: Jaquez Edge 8-yard TD run (Wesley Alonso PAT) T 32-7

Final: Tarboro 32-7

Awards and Stats

Championship MVP

  • Deontae Williams – Sr. RB
    • 12 Carries, 119 rushing yards, 2 TD

East (Tarboro) Most Outstanding Offensive Player

  • Clifton Joyner Jr. – Jr. ATH
    • 10 Carries, 87 Rushing Yards

East (Tarboro) Most Oustanding Defensive Player

  • Jyron Albritton – Jr. ATH
    • 5 Total Tackles, 36-yard punt return TD

West (Mount Airy) Most Outstanding Offensive Player

  • Ian Holder- Sr. QB
    • 11/20, 135 yards, 1 TD

West (Mount Airy) Most Outstanding Defensive Player

  • Greyson Tucker – Sr. LB
    • 11 Total Tackles

Notes and Quotes

Tarboro’s state title is their fifth overall but first since 2011. The Vikings finish the season undefeated, 15-0.

“I can’t tell you how happy I’m for the whole senior class. Our community relies heavily on Tarboro football to be successful. They take great pride in us. I’m happy to be able to bring back another title to them. It’s a great feeling.” – Tarboro head coach Jeff Craddock

Mount Airy falls to 14-1 to finish up the season. 

1A State Championship

Cherokee 21, North Duplin 13


1st Quarter


2nd Quarter

North Duplin: Bass 11-yard TD run ( PAT) ND 7-0

3rd Quarter

Cherokee: Tye Mintz 5-yard TD run ( PAT) Tie 7-7

4th Quarter

Cherokee: T. Mintz 51-yard TD run (PAT no good) C 13-7

Cherokee: Evans 11-yard TD run (T. Mintz 2pt.) C 21-7

North Duplin: Sheppard 4-yard TD run (PAT no good) C 21-13 

Final: Cherokee 27-13

Awards and Stats

Championship MVP

  • Tye Mintz – Sr. QB
    • 6/12, 52 Passing Yards, 13 Carries, 111 Yards, 2 TD
    • 10 Total Tackles, 1 Interceptions

West (Cherokee) Most Outstanding Offensive Player

  • Isaiah Evans – Jr. RB
    • 19 Carries, 100 Yards, 1 TD

West (Cherokee) Most Outstanding Defensive Player

  • Zak Perez – Sr. LB
    • 14 Total Tackles, 1 for Loss

East (North Duplin) Most Outstanding Offensive Player

  • William Archer – Sr. QB
    • 2/4, 31 Passing Yards, 27 Carries, 116 Yards, 1 TD

East (North Duplin) Most Oustanding Defensive Player

  • Kenny Sheppard – Sr. ATH
    • 7 Total Tackles

Notes and Quotes

Kent Briggs’ Braves state title is the first football championship in Cherokee history. 

“Words can’t really describe the emotions I know our team feels, and I feel, and Cherokee Nation feels. I’m really proud of our guys. I said at the very first practice, the only goal we really had was to win a state championship, and we felt like we could do that. They believed in each other and they worked their tails off to get in this position and I’m so proud of our guys.” – Cherokee head coach Kent Briggs

The Braves finish the season 14-1. 

North Duplin’s bid for a perfect season falls just short. Hugh Martin’s Rebels finish the season 14-1.  


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