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Is Davidson Day’s high school football dynasty dead?

Davidson Day's linebacker Chase Monroe, left, and defensive end Garrett Grouix, right, celebrating winning the 2015 NCISAA Division I state championship. But there’s some serious question about the direction of program now and whether or not the school will field a team next fall
Davidson Day's linebacker Chase Monroe, left, and defensive end Garrett Grouix, right, celebrating winning the 2015 NCISAA Division I state championship. But there’s some serious question about the direction of program now and whether or not the school will field a team next fall jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Is the high school football powerhouse at Davidson Day crumbling?

Nate Wimberly, from the Observer’s news partner at WBTV, reports the school’s 2017 football team will probably look a lot different than the school’s first six varsity teams that went 65-9 under coach Chad Grier. In those six years, Davidson Day won four state championships.

Here’s why: Grier has resigned and many of the school’s best players are leaving. The school is still searching for a new head football coach.

Wimberly reports in his video clip that the football program is fighting a numbers issue.

The 2016 team had 27 players and 10 were seniors. And prospects for bringing in new players weren’t good.

“No JV team,” Grier said, “and the school was full. No other way to get kids in. It’s simple math. We just don’t have the (numbers). Look at the end of season analysis. How do you get better? We need to get more depth. (But) it was going to kind of be the opposite. We were going to lose depth. So as hard as it was to walk away from a place I love and kids I love, it was the right thing to do.”

Watch Wimberly’s piece below

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