In this Daily Herald file photo from Oct. 25, 2019, Halifax Academy football coach Miles Brite, second from left, shares a moment with his team following a 36-20 triumph over John Paul II Catholic of Greenville. The victory moved the Vikings into the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II (8-Man) state title game versus Bethel Christian Academy.

Halifax Academy, which was to defend its Division II (8-Man) football crown this fall, has instead delayed its season until the spring of 2021, embracing an alternate scheduling measure tendered member institutions by the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association.

Additionally, the Viking volleyball outfit — slated to return every player from last season’s 7-13 campaign — will also take up work in the spring, provided the association keeps the model intact with no further adjustments needed in relation to the state’s ongoing battle with COVID-19.

As of this writing, the school has not finalized either schedule or committed to a sport-specific workout regimen.

Eagles to soar another year

Citing declining participation numbers, Northeast/Hobgood Academy will not field a varsity football team this year.

And what a shame, indeed.

Since 2017, when the two map-dot schools merged, the program has produced 21 wins, seven losses and a pair of NCISAA state crowns — both over Valley rival Halifax Academy.

There does exist good news between the Lasker-Hobgood hashes, however, as the JV Eagles — who took the field just three times a season ago — opened the 2020 slate last week with a 52-8 shellacking of Lawrence Academy.


Per NEA Director of Athletics Joella Brown, the JV troupe will run a six-game course this season, with an eye for virus-related change along the way.

For Eagle enthusiasts, we gladly present the balance of this fall’s schedule:

Today at Bethel

Oct. 8 Open

Oct. 15 at Wayne Christian

Oct. 22 Community Christian School

Oct. 29 Lawrence Academy

Nov. 5 Bethel