Covering High School Sports in America
Updated, Nov. 10, 1:30 p.m.
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Most football teams have to decide at one point whether it prefers to attack by run or pass. Friday's contest between Davidson Day (Davidson, N.C.) and Harrells Christian Academy (Harrells, N.C.) showed us one thing: either method can prove lethal.

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Will Grier, Davidson Day

Will Grier threw for a national record 837 yards and 10  touchdowns as Davidson Day's air attack defeated Harrells Christian's ground game 104-80.

Originally reported Friday night by Lake Norman Citizen sports editor Justin Parker that Grier threw for 774 yards and 11 touchdowns, the Davidson Day staff went back through tape Saturday morning and came up with these numbers for Grier: 35-of-42 for 837 yards and 10 touchdowns. 

The numbers are all unofficial, but if they stand up, Grier will have shattered the previous national mark of 764 set in 2000 by Pacific Palisades quarterback David Koral.

More numbers added up Saturday morning revealed 1,623 total yards - the NFHS record book doesn't record total offense between two teams in one game - but Davidson Day's 924 yards is second most in prep history. The record is 937 set by Bay St. Louis St. Stanislaus in 2012. Davidson Day became just the third team ever to pile up more than 900 yards.

Harrells Christian finished with 699 yards.

As far as the final score, that's not a misprint. Harrells Christian put up 80 points — and lost by three touchdowns and a field goal. Four NBA games Friday featured less than the 184 points piled up by these North Carolina high school football rivals. 

According to Parker, the teams combined for more than 1,600 yards of total offense. Once those are ironed out, that too is likely a national record.

Harrells Christian senior running back Russell Washington ran for seven touchdowns, including runs of 40 and 55 yards.

While astonishing, the pinball score and almost preposterous statistics didn't come as a total surprise.

Harrells Christian entered the game boasting one of the best running attacks in the country, averaging 531.9 rushing yards per game. Davidson Day came in averaging 408.9 yards through the air and 135 on the ground.

Washington had piled up almost 2,500 yards before the game with 38 touchdowns, while teammates Kelly Nelms and Channing Kelly, both juniors, had each rushed for over 1,200.

Grier, who has a weekly reservation in our MaxPreps National Stat Stars list, came into the game with nearly 4,500 passing yards, 54 touchdowns and just five interceptions.

Something had to give — but it was probably the scoreboard operator's fingers.

Davidson Day was in control from the start, taking a 54-36 lead at halftime.

Grier completed a 99-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Seward in the first quarter. Nelms ripped off a 70-yard touchdown run in the fourth for Harrells Christian.

Davidson Day improved to 10-2 while Harrells Christian fell to 9-3. This is the second time these teams have met this season, with Davidson Day taking a modest 46-29 victory in Week 1.

On Friday, each team more than doubled its total from the previous game. Take a look at the Qwixcore game log to see all the scoring — just make sure you don't have to be anywhere for a while.

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