Covering High School Sports in America
From ecstasy to gloom.

Last Friday, junior quarterback Will Grier surpassed the national record by passing for a phenomenal 837 yards as Davidson Day (Davidson, N.C.) outlasted Harrells Christian (Harrells, N.C.) 104-80 in the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association state semifinals.

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Will Grier, Davidson Day

This week, however, it was revealed that his record will likely never be recognized by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Associate director John Gillis told MaxPreps today that records are only listed in the national book if a member state accepts them, and the North Carolina High School Athletic Association does not recognize any efforts recorded by a member of the NCISAA.

Gillis stressed, "Our position always is that the final word is with the state association member. We can't overrule it."

Rick Strunk, who is an NCHSAA associate commissioner, affirmed that the record could not count because Davidson Day is not a member of his association. He explained that he would have to sign a form that states the game was played "by our rules and regulations" and he can not confirm that.

Davidson Day coach Chad Grier said, "I didn't know that, but I've never been chasing records. It is what it is. The keeper of records in North Carolina is a public school guy. It doesn't seem right in this day and age. People certainly know what happened. The game speaks for itself."

NCISAA Executive Director Chuck Carter said his association represents 86 high schools and has a history going back almost 40 years. He noted that North Carolina has a third organization, the North Carolina Christian Schools Athletic Association. Each keeps its own records.

But what is an actual state record since they all play in North Carolina?

Davidson Day will be playing unbeaten Christ School (Asheville, N.C.) on Friday for the NCISAA championship.

Despite the distraction Chad Grier, who is Will's father, said, "I haven't had one single conversation this week with Will or my team (about the record). I'll still be able to tell my grandkids some day that their dad did something cool."