Murray Sets New Record

Central linebacker breaks school’s career tackle mark

ADAM MURRAY

WHEELING — The honors continue to mount for Adam Murray.

Wheeling Central’s talented two-way gridder enjoyed a superb sophomore season, both individually and team-wise.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder was accorded the Sam Huff Award, emblematic of the state’s best defensive player. His yeoman efforts played a major role in Wheeling Central rolling to the state championship.

In addition to the prestigious Huff Award, Murray was named captain of the all-state team, co-captain of the All-Valley Team while being tabbed The Intelligencer Sophomore of the Year.

Anyone expecting a dropoff in Murray’s production this fall has been badly mistaken. He has stepped his game up to another level in helping keep the Maroon Knights unbeaten on the season.

Murray was at his tenacious best in last Friday’s 31-14 victory against Steubenville Catholic. He recorded 22 tackles, 11 of the solo variety and two for losses.

In the process, Murray established a Wheeling Central record for career tackles. He has 353 stops on his resume. The new mark surpasses the 334 compiled by standout Josh Contraguerro, a 2008 Central grad.

That is a remarkable achievement in just two and a half seasons.

“The record means a lot to me, knowing all the great Maroon Knight players of the past and the rich history of Wheeling Central football,” Murray said. “I have to thank my teammates and coaches for putting me in the position to make tackles.”

On the season, the relentless middle linebacker has recorded 92 tackles, 27 being for losses to go with 2.5 sacks. Those numbers come on the heels of his outstanding sophomore season.

“Last year was a great ride. Coming back from an 0-2 start to win the state championship was tremendous,” the soft-spoken star said. “Then all the postseason awards were a nice bonus.”

His stellar play has attracted interest from 20-25 colleges and the praise from his head coach.

“Adam is a versatile and focused student/athlete. He is a class-act and quality young man,” Maroon Knights coach Mike Young said. “Adam is a team player and an unsung hero. For him to set this record speaks volumes.”

With records and awards aplenty, Murray still has more goals in mind.

“I want to win another state championship this year and become the best team leader and captain I can be,” he said. ” I also want to show the younger kids what it is like to be a Maroon Knight.”

Contraguerro was an all-state outside linebacker for Central, a key component in the Maroon Knights’ three championship runs. He finished with 19 QB sacks, eight interceptions and eight fumble recoveries. Contraguerro played collegiately at WVU, earning Academic All-American honors.

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