Northampton County

Northampton County's Kwamie Pitt (10) bursts into the second level during last week's 34-16 victory over Rosewood. The Jaguars travel to face Tarboro on Friday in fourth-round play of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A playoffs.

When tomorrow arrives, and the dominion of Thanksgiving’s tryptophan-induced fog finally dwindles, there will be prep football — as in, fourth-round play of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A postseason.

And in this part of the world, that means No. 4-seed Northampton County at No. 1-seed Tarboro, an East Region assembly many hoped would form when the brackets tumbled out of Chapel Hill at the end of October.

So, without further ado, our capsulized preview of the action, starting with a crowded, hashmark-collecting Viking backfield.

Purple, purple everywhere

Tarboro’s famed rushing scheme has operated in ever-prolific fashion this fall, generating 3,713 yards and 55 trips to the end zone.

Wowza, wowza and the beat goes on.

Perhaps more impressive than its work rate, however, has been its sharing-is-caring approach to the task, which extends to nine backs responsible for 71% of the team’s total scoring.

But what of an alpha-carrier, you ask?

Well, that title goes to one Tobias Joyner, a 5-foot-9, 168-pound senior who needs but a suggestion of daylight to make a house call — as evidenced by his 1,020 yards and 13 touchdowns over just 100 carries this season.

Playoff Jags

If there’s proof a gridster can indeed scale greater peaks during the second season, it has been illustrated expertly by NHC backs Anthony Harding and Kwamie Pitt, who shredded Warren County during a second-round snoozer on Nov. 12, then refused to let the navy-and-teal falter in last week’s comeback triumph over Rosewood.

Over said span, Harding has rushed for 270 yards and four trips to the paint, while Pitt — the overwhelming choice for Tar Roanoke 1A Player of the Year honors — has galloped for 228 yards and, you guessed it, just as many scores.

Call them Playoff Harding and Playoff Pitt, if you will, and a duo capable of wrecking a defensive coordinator’s call sheet.

The only question remains, will they do so on Friday?   

Incidentals and such

Tarboro (11-1) is vying for its fifth state crown since 2017, and third in a row … with a win on Friday, Northampton (10-2) could reach its second East Region championship game in 211 days, and third since 2019 … tickets can be purchased online for $8 at … kick is slated for 7 p.m. at Viking Stadium.