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Will Grier, Davidson day

Junior quarterback Will Grier put an exclamation point on a fabulous season by passing Davidson Day (Davidson, N.C.) to a 54-38 victory over previously unbeaten Christ School (Arden) for its second-straight North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association Division II state title.

The Patriots have played varsity football for just two years (22-3 record) and will return 15 starters.

The 6-foot-3, 192-pounder completed 24 of 33 passes for 491 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions. He completed his junior year with 324 completions in 414 attempts for 5,785 yards and 69 touchdowns (which is three over the listed state record of 66), six interceptions and 11 2-point conversions. He also ran 95 times for 813 yards, eight touchdowns and six 2-point conversions.

Will's father/coach, Chad Grier, told MaxPreps, "Strictly as a coach he is a special player. I don't care what his last name is. He just makes play after play. He has such great mastery of the position and is seriously competitive. Their coach (Mark Moroz) is a former recruiting coordinator at Wake Forest and he said Will is the best he's ever seen."

Will connected with six different receivers in the title game. Jordan Brown caught 10 passes for 224 yards and a pair of touchdowns, in addition to running six times for 74 yards and one touchdown. Aaron Seward snared four for 120 yards and two touchdowns.

During the year, Seward had 67 catches for 1,844 yards and 16 touchdowns, while Brown had 62 catches for 1,150 yards and 16 touchdowns. Brown also ran for 589 yards and a dozen touchdowns. Jordan Young also went over 1,000 receiving yards (65 receptions for 1,007 and nine touchdowns). In just 10 games, Evan Gates caught 74 passes for 953 yards and eight touchdowns.

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