Davidson Day wins football state championship
by Staff Writer
ARDEN - Two varsity seasons. Two state championships.
Davidson Day maintained its football excellence with a 54-38 victory at Arden Christ School in the N.C Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II championship game Friday night.
The Patriots (11-2) scored early and often in the chilly mountain air, much as they did all season.
Davidson Day's Will Grier threw four touchdown passes and ran for two scores. His touchdown passes went to Aaron Seward (67 and 21 yards), Jordan Brown (34 yards) and Evan Gates (30 yards).
Brown and Gates also each had a touchdown run.
"We put it together," said Grier, who began the game as the nation's leader in passing yards and touchdowns. "Our mission from the beginning was to do whatever it took to win the championship. Stats don't matter. This was a team effort. I couldn't be prouder of my teammates. Two (championships) in two years is amazing."
Davidson Day won the NCISAA's Division III title last year, and moved up to Division II this season. Christ School, playing in its first title game, had its' 12-game winning streak snap by losing for the first time this season.
Davidson Day held a slim 21-17 lead at halftime. On the first possession of the third quarter, the Patriots drove 62 yards on 10 plays, and took a 28-17 lead on Grier's 2-yard touchdown sweep. Five minutes later, Davidson Day took command. The Patriots, facing a third-and-30, silenced the home crowd when Grier rolled right and passed to a streaking Seward over the middle for a 67-yard touchdown pass. Glenn Coates' downfield block cleared a path for Seward and gave Davidson Day a 34-17 lead.
"I knew we needed a big play and normally coach (Chad Grier) calls on me," Seward said. "I knew I had to make a play. When I caught the ball, I got my eyes upfield, checked my surroundings and saw Glenn was right there. I went around him and got that block. ...I think that was a great boost. After that, we kept on hitting and hitting them."