The North Carolina A&T football team finds themselves in a peculiar position after improving to 9-0 overall with a 35-7 win over Norfolk State Saturday at William “Dick” Price Stadium.
The Aggies are making history in 2017, but with so much more history remaining to be made this season, they find themselves slightly tempered about the unprecedented accomplishments they have already achieved.
The win over Norfolk State makes the 2017 N.C. A&T Aggies the only football team in the 93-year history of Aggie football to have a 9-0 record. This year’s senior class is the only senior class in school history to put together four consecutive nine-win seasons. Individually, junior quarterback Lamar Raynard broke the Aggies single-season passing record. He eclipsed Maseo Bolin’s 23-year old record on a 24-yard completion to graduate tight end Trey Scott in the third quarter.
Bolin’s mark stood at 2,262 yards. With at least two games remaining, Raynard has 2,302 yards passing. Head coach Rod Broadway got to into the act as well. The win gave him 56 wins as the Aggies head man, moving him past former head coaches Bert Piggott (1957-67) and Hornsby Howell(1968-76) for second on the Aggies all-time wins list behind Bill Hayes’ 106 (1988-2002).
But will all that recorded, there is still next week.
“It’s special, but it’s not quite good enough,” said Broadway. “We’ve got to go 10-0. “Nine-and-oh is special, but when you're chasing excellence that's a different ballgame. And I'm talking about going 11-0, I'm talking about the we way play. I want to see us play closer to our potential level than we do at times.
There are times out there when we look really good, and there are times out there when we're not really sharp. But we're 9-0. Even at our worst we're 9-0.”
N.C. A&T completed their road schedule 6-0, breaking a school record for road wins in a season. But again, with all that recorded, there is still next week versus Savannah State at Aggie Stadium at 1 p.m.