Jaden McKenzie held five in-state offers. That included Duke, UNC, and N.C. State.
The second half was all Tarboro as Kimani McDaniels opened the third quarter by breaking a 65-yard run for a touchdown.
Wake Forest won the state championship on a defensive score with the final, 9-7.
Games are being held at NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Duke.
Leesville Road enjoyed a lead briefly, but the two-time defending champions ended up overwhelming the Pride.
Third-round playoff scores from around the state.