Friday night was a night for the quarterback, and no quarterback is having a better season than Davidson Days Will Grier.
Grier completed an amazing 30 of 34 passes in Fridays 53-21 win over Monroes Parkwood High, and he threw for a school-record 505 yards and added a school-record eight touchdowns.
The yardage is the third-most in Mecklenburg County history, trailing only Independences Chris Leak (585, 2002) and West Charlottes Darius Thomas (512, 2007). The N.C. High School Athletic Association doesnt track private-school athletes for its state record book, but Griers performance would rank sixth in state history.
Grier now owns four of the top 10 single-game passing performances in Mecklenburg County history. In fact, he has five of the top 11. Three of those performances have come this season
Griers eight touchdown passes tied Leak (2002) and former Independence quarterback Joe Cox (2004) for most in county history. The state record is also eight.
But Grier wasnt the only quarterback to put up big numbers Friday:
• Houghs Josh Stilley threw for 224 yards in a 33-30 upset of No. 12 Vance. He connected on four of five passes on a game-winning drive in the final minutes.
• Hopewells Tijuan Sifford threw for 287 yards and four scores in a 48-26 win over West Charlotte. Jermaine Sanders set a school record with 191 yards receiving and two touchdowns on six catches.
• Concords B.J. Beecher threw for 303 yards on 11 of 17 passing in a 47-0 win over Northwest Cabarrus. Concord is 5-0 for the first time since 1998.
• Statesvilles Tristan Mumford, pressed into duty when Virginia Tech recruit Carlis Parker hurt his knee last week, completed 19 of 26 passes for 250 yards and four touchdowns in a 39-20 upset over No. 5 West Rowan.
• Berrys Donald Cook-Brown threw for 265 yards and five touchdowns to lead Berry to a 48-31 win over East Gaston
• Providence Days Chase Ferguson completed 20 of 27 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns in a 22-20 win over previously unbeaten Virginia private-school power Liberty Christian. Ferguson also rushed for a touchdown on the road. Chargers receivers Mark Brame (nine catches, 128 yards, two TDs) and Bryon Fields (six catches, 81 yards; five tackles, two sacks) also had big games.
• Sun Valleys Kevin Saxton threw for 273 yards and four scores, completing 24 of 36 passes, in a 65-18 win over Red Springs.
• Forestviews Logan Bradley threw for a school-record five touchdown passes and 210 yards in a 49-7 win over Lincolnton. Forestview is off to a 4-1 start.
• Independences Jason Connella threw for 232 yards and three scores in a 45-16 win over East Meck.
• East Lincolns Garrett Young threw for 323 yards and five touchdowns in a 41-12 win over Bessemer City. He threw for 278 yards completing 17 of 23 passes in the first half.
• And Cherryvilles Darius Harris, 5-foot-5 and 145 pounds, rushed for 179 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-17 win over North Lincoln. Harris missed part of Cherryvilles first game and all of its second with a knee injury. Cherryville rushed for 330 yards behind its line of Patrick Harrill, Daniel Owens, Gus Deviney, Jake Henderson, Dillon Harris and Luke Ford.
• Statesvilles 39-20 win over West Rowan not only gives the Greyhounds the inside track to a North Piedmont 3A conference championship, they handed West Rowan (4-1, 0-1) a bitter loss. West Rowan had won 32 straight league games. The Falcons had five turnovers on a night when Statesville (4-1, 1-0) played without starting quarterback Carlis Parker, a Virginia Tech recruit who sat out with a knee injury.
• Indian Land (S.C.) was called for 165 yards in penalties, including eight personal fouls, in a 36-0 loss to Marvin Ridge Friday. Indian Land had 15 penalties in all.
• Houghs win over Vance is available on Time Warner Cables on-demand TV service. ...Charlotte Christians 37-14 loss to Gillman (Md.) is on YouTube at goo.gl/MuuaO.