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Jordan High Student Runs Away With Extra Effort Award

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Jordan High running back Tremaine Hackney has taken the Falcons straight to the 4-A playoffs.(WRAL-TV5 News)
DURHAM — It has beens a tremendous football season for Durham'sJordan High, thanks in part to the play of running back Tremaine Hackney.

Hackney has scored a school-record 19 touchdowns and rushed for more than 1,000 yards. The Falcons, who have not had a winning record since 1973, have flown into the second round of the 4-A playoffs with an 11-1 record.

"We just put so much effort and time. We really deserve it after everything that we have been through," Hackney says. "It feels pretty good to have a winning season."

"He is kind of the epitome of what you want football players to be -- hard worker, silent leader, good speed. Now he runs with more power, and he is our go-to guy," says football coach Rick Brown. "He is all about hard work. If everyone's football players worked as hard as him, you would have a good football team."

Academically for Hackney, schoolwork does not take a back seat. He is a B student who knows what he has to do.

"I have to be a model student in the classroom. I have to do my part and stay in my classes," he says.

Fran Ferrell, Hackney's teacher, says he is truly a fine gentleman.

"He has always displayed courtesy, kindness and intelligence," she says.

Tremaine Hackney is this week's winner of the Extra Effort Award. Tom Suiter's Extra Effort award airs Wednesdays during WRAL's 6:00 News.

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