Lewis and Tarboro are on a Roll

Lewis and Tarboro are on a Roll

Tarboro, N.C. -- The Tarboro football program continued their historic run on Friday night, advancing to their fifth straight 2A Eastern Regional final. Star defensive end Tyquan Lewis and his team seem to be peaking at the right time.

On Friday night, Tarboro won its 18th straight playoff game. After jumping out to a 38-10 halftime lead, the Vikings ended up winning the game 52-24.

Senior defensive end and Ohio State commit Tyquan Lewis was happy with his team's performance, but not satisfied.

"It was a good, hard-fought win," said Lewis. "We prepared all week and did what we had to do. Our offense played well and we put up a lot of points early on. Defensively, we've got to get a little bit better, but we will have it right by next week."

The future Buckeye, who has won three straight state championships, knows the job is far from finished.

"We just have to stay dialed in every week. We have to put teams away and we can't give up 20-something points in playoff games. Like Coach (Jeff) Craddock said, we just have to play hard on defense."

Lewis has been more of a leader this season.

"My teammates have followed me this year," said Lewis. "As a senior, you just have to step up a little bit more and just continue to make plays."

While the Vikings lost star running back Todd Gurley, who now plays at Georgia, Lewis said this team is more balanced.

" We've just clicked," he said. "This year, we have three backs instead of one and we've just clicked all season long."

Although Tarboro is undefeated, everything has not been perfect for Lewis this season.

" I've had a groin injury and then a strained tendon in my foot, but I haven't let it hold me back any," said the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Lewis. "I think I've been doing my part -- making plays -- and collecting sacks. Other than that, I think I've been playing pretty well all year."

Since his commitment, things have been easier for Lewis.

"It's been real relaxing," Lewis said. ‘"The only people recruiting me -- I hear from North Carolina and LSU every now and then. Other than that, it's been an easy cruise."

The four-star prospect talks to the Buckeyes' coaching staff often.

"I've been in contact with the coaches just about every week -- talking to Coach (Everett) Withers and Coach (Mike) Vrabel," Lewis said. "They have been telling me how I can come in and make an immediate impact at linebacker. They've just told me to come in prepared and be ready to play."

Lewis is happy that Ohio State is having a great season and said he expected the Buckeyes to have success under first-year head coach Urban Meyer.

"I knew Coach Meyer was going to have something special going on up there," he said. "I believe if you have great coaches and you put the game plan together -- and the system starts clicking -- that's the way you win."

Lewis will head to Columbus this weekend following Tarboro's fourth round playoff game.

"I'm very excited -- they've shown me a lot of love," said Lewis. "I go up there for my official visit next weekend when they play Michigan."

Tarboro is 13-0 and takes on South Columbus this Friday. The winner advances to the 2A state championship game.

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