When he’s not breaking backboards, Jay Huff is breaking records.
Huff, a 6-11 Voyager Academy senior and Virginia recruit, is now the academy’s career scoring leader after hitting 15 points in a 79-60 win over River Mill Academy last Thursday, helping to extend VA’s winning streak in conference games to 27.
The Vikings’ win Thursday was their fifth in six games.
The only loss for 1A Voyager (17-4) in that span was to 4A Panther Creek at the Martin Luther King Classic held at Durham School of the Arts.
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Broadway gets top coaching honor
N.C. A&T football coach Rod Broadway was given the ultimate honor Friday with the SBN Eddie Robinson Award for coach of the year.
Broadway led the Aggies (10-2, 7-1 MEAC) to a share of the 2015 MEAC title and a 41-34 win over Alcorn State in the inaugural Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl.
“This is never about me,” said Broadway who was a head coach at N.C Central and an assistant coach at North Carolina. “I haven’t made a tackle since 1977. I’ve never caught a pass. I’ve never thrown a touchdown or ran a long touchdown, so this is not about me. This season was about these young men who made the sacrifice last summer to become champions.”
Bunn native Tarik Cohen earned the SBN Doug Williams Award for offensive player of the year.
The junior running back rushed for 1,543 yards and 15 touchdowns, and became A&T’s all-time leading rusher with 4,031 yards.
Broadway and Cohen will receive their awards at the Black College Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony March 19 in Atlanta.
NCCU releases football schedule
Wanting to be the first North Carolina Central football team with three straight conference crowns, the 2016 Eagles will travel much the same road they followed last season.
N.C. Central announced its 2016 football schedule last week, with just one new opponent on the slate, plus the same conference teams as last year.
The Eagles will play two FBS opponents on the road this year – Duke and first-time NCCU opponent Western Michigan.
NCCU will open the season at Duke for the first time since 2013. The two Durham teams will meet for the fifth time since 2009 in the Bull City Gridiron Classic in Wallace Wade Stadium. Duke has won all four previous meetings, including last year’s 55-0 shutout.
Western Michigan compiled almost 500 yards a game in total offense as it went 8-5 last year, including a 6-2 record in Mid-American Conference games and a 4-2 record playing in Waldo Stadium. Where’s Waldo? In Kalamazoo, Mich.
NCCU ended the 2015 season 8-3 (7-1 MEAC) and in a three-way tie for first place with N.C. A&T and Bethune-Cookman.
Coach Jerry Mack became the first coach in program history to earn 15 wins in just two seasons. If N.C. Central were to win at least a share of the MEAC crown this year, he’d be the first NCCU football coach to accomplish that feat three years in a row.
Postseason honor for Jones
NCCU junior center Carl Jones’ trophy case just keeps getting more crowded. Jones was voted to the 2015 SBN Black College All-American Football Team.
He started all 11 games last season, and graded out at 92 percent with 63 pancake blocks and one sack allowed.
Off the field, Jones was named to several all-academic teams for his work in the classroom and the community.
NCCU Football schedule
with date, opponent and (site)
• Sept. 3: at Duke, (Wallace Wade Stadium)
• Sept. 10: at Western Michigan, (at Kalamazoo, Mich.)
• Sept. 17: St. Augustine’s, (O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium)
• Sept. 24: at Norfolk State, (Norfolk, Va.)
• Oct. 1: at Bethune-Cookman, (Daytona Beach, Fla.)
• Oct. 8: Florida A&M, (O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium)
• Oct. 15: Savannah State, (homecoming at O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium)
• Oct. 22: at Morgan State, (Baltimore, Md.)
• Oct. 29: Open
• Nov. 5: at Delaware State, (Dover, Del.)
• Nov. 12: Howard, (O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium)
• Nov. 19: N.C. A&T, (O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium)