Knights’ Kay signs with North Carolina A&T

North Lincoln offensive guard/defensive lineman Major Kay signed a letter of intent on Wednesday, Feb. 1, to play football at North Carolina A&T University.

Kay anchored the Knights’ offensive line as a senior in 2011, helping pave the way for North Lincoln’s rushing attack.

Kay called the end of the recruiting process “a relief,” and felt blessed to have ended up with the Aggies.

“There’s a lot of stress off me now with this decision behind me,” Kay said. “Out of all the schools that recruited me, A&T was the only one with the major I want to take, Architectural Engineering.

“Their coaching staff was also great when I met them. Coach (Rod) Broadway is a winner, and he accepts nothing but winning. They have a family environment there, too. That helped sway me to sign there.”

As for Kay’s expected position in the Aggies’ lineup, he said he’s tentatively penciled in at offensive tackle.

“But I’ll play kicker if they want me to,” Kay admitted with a laugh.

“I’m just ready to get started there.”

East Lincoln’s McDowell

is Louisburg-bound

East Lincoln standout running back Bubba McDowell will play football at Louisburg (NC) College in the fall of 2012 after signing a letter of intent on Feb. 1.

McDowell rushed for 1,850 yards and 30 touchdowns as a senior for the Mustangs. As a pass-catcher out of the backfield, McDowell ranked second on the team in receiving with 13 catches for 463 yards and eight touchdowns.

East Lincoln coach Mike Byus said McDowell will likely be used as a slot receiver for the Hurricanes.

“(Signing with Louisburg) is going to give Bubba an opportunity, and that’s all you can ask for,” Byus said. “He’s the kind of kid who will take advantage of an opportunity.”

Sign up for alumni football

Gridiron Alumni, a company that organizes full-contact football games for high school alumni, is planning to expand into North Carolina.

Games are scheduled for March and April. Go to to register, or call Chris Hall at 530-410-6396.