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Huff, Howley Winner Murray Eyes Next Level

Photo by Bubba Kapral Adam Murray enjoyed a banner football career at Wheeling Central Catholic High School. The all-state linebacker was honored as the state’s top linebacker (Chuck Howley Award) the past two years as well as the state’s top defensive player (Sam Huff Award) the past three seasons. Murray is pictured with his latest installments of the two awards that he was scheduled to receive this past May at the 74th annual Victory Awards Dinner at the Embassy Suites in Charleston. The banquet fell victim to the coronavirus pandemic. He is pictured with Wheeling Central head football coach Mike Young.

WHEELING — Adam Murray authored a prep football career second to none.

Wheeling Central has had countless stellar players in its tradition-rich gridiron history. Murray will always be remembered as one of the Maroon Knights’ finest.

He scripted a grid resume that will unlikely ever be matched.

Murray pocketed three Sam Huff Awards. He also garnered two Chuck Howley Awards. The Huff Award is emblematic of the top defensive player in the state while the Howley Award goes to the state’s premier linebacker. He is the only multiple-time Huff Award winner.

The awards are selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association. Murray was scheduled to be feted at the 74th annual Victory Awards Dinner on May 3 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston. He eventually received those two coveted pieces of hardware in the late spring. The awards put the exclamation point on his remarkable four-year run under the direction of head coach Mike Young.

“I am honored and humbled to receive the awards. I must thank my coaches, teammates and family. They all played a big part in my career,” the soft-spoken star said. “The most important thing, though, is that we won three state team championships. That is a special achievement we will also cherish.”

Murray, the leading tackler in Wheeling Central history with more than 600 stops, has now turned his attention to the next level.

If the coronavirus cooperates, the 220-pounder will begin his football and academic careers next month at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio.

While the pandemic has made athletic training a more cumbersome proposition, Murray has been working out passionately with former Martins Ferry High All-Ohio gridder and hoopster Mikale Robey.

“I really enjoy working out with Mikale. He pushes me hard and he really cares about the people he trains,” Murray said. “Our football reporting date has already been pushed back a week. I am looking forward to getting started.

“I hope I can be a four-year contributor for them. It is a quality program with a family atmosphere. Baldwin Wallace is also a great academic school. I know I will get a quality education preparing me for the future.”

Murray was also a standout on the baseball diamond for the Maroon Knights.

“When Adam came to Wheeling Central four years ago, his motor was already running and never it stopped, and not just on the field. He was great in the classroom, with his teammates and in the community. His teammates will tell you no one played with more intensity, more heart and with a more positive attitude toward his teammates than Adam Murray,” Young said. “He is a quality kid and well-respected by his teammates and his peers. He is a tremendous student-athlete. You talk about an all-around kid you want and Adam is that. He has always been a first class and respectful individual.

“And with all the success he has achieved, Adam has remained very humble. He has made the history books in winning the Howley and Huff awards as well as the tackles he recorded. But he also did it with all the plusses in his life. He is going onto the next level and he will play at Baldwin Wallace and get a great education in the process. They will be getting a great kid. He will go onto being very successful in life and the community. Adam’s future championships will be in his life — with his career, his family and his children. That will be what his trophies are about.”

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