HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Murphy (1A), Tarboro (1AA) collect state title trophies

Published Saturday, May 8th, 2021

Ex-Bandys head coach Trent Lowman gets

E. Surry to title game for third straight year




Murphy and Tarboro won state varsity high school football championships on Saturday.


Murphy, the West No. 4 seed, nipped East No. 5 Northside-Pinetown 14-7 at N.C. State to finish 10-1 and win a state title for the 10th time. Nine of those have been under head coach David Gentry.

Tarboro, the East No. 1 seed, beat West No. 2 East Surry 25-7 at North Carolina in the third straight battle between the two powers in a state tile game.

Tarboro beat the Cardinals two years ago for a crown, and East Surry — coached by former Bandys head coach Trent Lowman — won the 2019 championship.

Lowman, a Shrine Bowl quarterback at Bandys while playing for his dad (Randy), is 35-6 at East Surry in three seasons. His Bandys teams were 23-35 over five years and he will enter his ninth season as a head coach in August with a record of 58-41.

Tarboro finished 9-0 and East Surry finished 9-2.

1A SUMMARY: 2020-21 NCHSAA 1A Football SC Game Stats and PxP – Murphy 14 – Northside 7

1AA SUMMARY: NCHSAA 1AA Football State Championship Stats and PxP – Tarboro 25 – East Surry 7


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