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Davidson Day coach Chad Grier watches as sons’ fame grows

Nash Grier, left, then 15, and his dad Chad Grier look over the Vine video clip Nash just shot "stair diving part 2" where Nash and his brother Hayes slide down the stairs in a plastic swimming pool landing at the bottom of the stairs.
Nash Grier, left, then 15, and his dad Chad Grier look over the Vine video clip Nash just shot "stair diving part 2" where Nash and his brother Hayes slide down the stairs in a plastic swimming pool landing at the bottom of the stairs. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

Davidson Day football coach Chad Grier has to wear many hats these days.

His football team, which moved into the Observer’s Sweet 16 this week, is moving up to Division I in the private schools ranks and hopes to make a fifth straight state final appearance (Davidson Day is 3-1 in finals). His oldest son, Will, 20, is battling Treon Harris for the starting quarterback job at Florida (the pair will split time in the Gator’s home opener Sept. 5 against New Mexico State).

In high school at Davidson Day, Will was national player of the year. But right now Will is probably the least famous of Grier’s three sons. This week, Hayes, 15, the youngest son, was selected to appear on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars,” based on his popularity on social media. Middle son Nash, 17, has 12.1 million followers on social media Vine and is in Hollywood developing an acting career.

So Chad Grier, who is writing a column for Sporting News about his life and thoughts, gets to manage all that and direct a high-level football team, too. Oh, and a company is talking to him about developing a reality show about his family’s life, which often takes Chad Grier to the West Coast and back.

“It’s absolutely crazy,” Chad Grier said last week. “Sometimes I don’t know if I’m coming or going.”

▪ Last week, Northside Christian beat Fayetteville Christian 66-14 in its first varsity football game since 2009. Northside had stopped playing due to lack of interest. In the game, running back Tanner Tally ran 11 times for 203 yards and two scores. He had 314 all-purpose yards. Tally, who played defensive back at Mallard Creek last season, transferred to Northside to play for his father, Greg, who is the Knights’ new coach.

▪ Providence Day (0-1) will play Bishop Sullivan (Va.) Catholic Friday. Bishop Sullivan is 19-2 the past two seasons, and the defensive line on the 2015 team averages 270 pounds. Because of the long drive from Charlotte to Virginia Beach, Providence Day coach Adam Hastings said the schools got Campbell University to host Friday’s game. Campbell, in Buies Creek, is about a three-hour drive for Providence Day, versus nearly six hours to Bishop Sullivan.

▪ Junior running Will Harwood of Pine Lake Prep had 257 all-purpose yards in a 50-7 win against South Davidson last week. Harwood had two punt return touchdowns, a kickoff return touchdown, a reception and a rushing score. He had three other scores called back because of penalties.

▪ South Mecklenburg’s Jake Lawler, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound defensive end, had a big game in last week’s win at Marvin Ridge: three sacks, two tackles for loss and eight tackles total.

▪ Forestview running back Moe Neal, an inaugural member of the Observer’s Great 8 list of top area players, had 266 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 33 carries last week against Providence Day. He became the 19th Gaston County player to top 3,500 career yards. Neal has 3,516 yards. South Point’s Tyler Bray (5,684) is Gaston County’s all-time leader.

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