By Cliff Mehrtens

DAVIDSON – Davidson Day quarterback Will Grier unofficially tied a state record with eight touchdown passes in a 53-21 victory against Monroe Parkwood on Friday.

Grier, a junior, completed 30 of 34 passes for a school-record 505 yards as the Patriots improved to 4-1.

Davidson Day, a private school, plays in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA), which doesn’t compile a football record book. The N.C. High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) record for touchdown passes in a game is eight. Four players have accomplished the feat since 1966, and the last two were Independence High’s Joe Cox (2004) and Chris Leak (2002).

Grier’s 505 passing yards were the third-highest in Mecklenburg County history, trailing Leak’s 585-yard game in 2002 and Darius Thomas’ 512-yard game for West Charlotte in 2007.

Davidson Day nearly had four players with 100 receiving yards during Grier’s impressive game. Jordan Young caught 10 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown, and Evan Gates caught eight for 86 yards and a score.

Jordan Brown (four catches, 104 yards) and Aaron Seward (four catches, 94 yards) each caught three touchdown passes.

In five games, Grier has completed 138-of-173 passes for 2,125 yards and 24 touchdowns.