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The Southeast Collegiate Prep Academy and Northwest Collegiate and Technical Academy football teams are heading into this year’s season with optimism after their performances in 2023 North of the River Pigskin Challenge.

"The jamboree marked just the beginning of our journey, and I am excited for the promising future,” Southeast principal Kenneth Perry said. “Our upcoming season opener promises to be an electrifying event, and we cordially invite you to join us in supporting our team and raising the standards even higher. Congratulations to the team for exceptional performance – let's harness this momentum as we strive for excellence together.”

Southeast coach Antoine Alston said, "Southeast performed exceptionally well. The camaraderie extended by North Pitt, allowing us to utilize their helmets, is greatly appreciated. Our players, particularly the linebackers, defensive backs, and offensive linemen demonstrated impressive skills and dedication. With a clear understanding of our offensive and defensive capabilities, we embark on a promising start to the season."

(The 2023 football season is set to kick off next week on August 18. Southeast Collegiate Prep Academy will host Nash Central at 7 p.m. for their home game, while Northwest Collegiate and Technical Academy will travel to Pasquotank County at 7 p.m.)

Northwest principal Steve Hunter lauded the attributes of his football team, highlighting their youth, size, and speed. The team's potential, underpinned by their receptiveness to coaching, has left a lasting impression. "Our scrimmage against Bunn High School and Franklin, Virginia High School showcased the team's prowess and potential, setting a strong foundation for the upcoming challenges."

Northwest coach  Tyrone Hargrovw emphasized the team's improvement over the course of the jamboree. "We played better as the jamboree went on. We had some great runs from our young running backs, and the quarterback excelled in passing the ball. Our young players in the secondary are in a learning phase, and we're looking good. The main thing is that the kids are listening and eager to better themselves. The coaches are thrilled with Northwest's performance."

Halifax County Schools Athletic Director Darian Pressley said, "The dedication and hard work exhibited by the student-athletes from Southeast Collegiate Prep Academy and Northwest Collegiate and Technical Academy are a true testament to their commitment to excellence. As the district athletic director, I am proud of their achievements on and off the field. Let's continue to stand behind these talented individuals and provide them with the support they need to continue their success.”

Superintendent Eric Cunningham also expressed his support for both teams, stating, "The dedication and passion exhibited by the Southeast Collegiate Prep Academy and Northwest Collegiate and Technical Academy football teams are truly commendable. As a community, let's rally behind these young athletes, supporting them on their journey to excellence both on and off the field."