FOOTBALL: Incoming Junior, Luke Bussel, receives top honor


IF THE Academic/Athletic Challenge can be used as a barometer, the area’s next high school football superstar will be Luke Bussel.

A rising junior at Greenbrier Christian Academy, Bussel won the sixth annual Quarterback Challenge at the Portsmouth Omega Foundation’s free clinic at Norcom High School’s Joe Langston Stadium in Portsmouth.

The quarterbacks were judged on a distance throw in three attempts, straight drop-back throws for accuracy and roll-out passes (twice to the right and twice to the left.)

This year’s judges were headed up by Darnell Moore, a former head coach at Wilson, Bayside and Norfolk State University.

Moore was an outstanding quarterback himself at Elizabeth City State. As a coach he has developed some truly great QBs, including Wilson High’s Aaron Sparrow.

Bussel moved from the junior varsity to playing in six varsity games last season for Grassfield.  He has transferred to Greenbrier Christian to join his mother, a teacher at GCA, and his brother, Tyler, who also plays football.

Bayside was the overall team winner in the Academic/Athletic Challenge, the 19th year the clinic was held.

Wilson received the Edward Cox Academic Award for winning the essay contest.

In the midst of the many high school participants was 10-year-old Christian Baker. He just might be another quarterback to keep your eye on.

Christian is the son of the clinic chairman Jenson Baker, a former head coach at Portsmouth’s Cradock and Wilson high schools. Jenson Baker was the first African American quarterback at Cradock.

Christian quarterbacks the Western Branch Jaguars.

Bill Leffler, 488-2369

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