CORNELIUS – Davidson Day has a football team that scores like a basketball team. Not every so often. Every game.
The Patriots’ string of high-scoring frenzies continued with a 61-21 romp against Metrolina Christian at Bailey Middle School on Oct. 18. Coincidently, so did Davidson Day’s winning streak. They’re 8-0 this season and have won 13 consecutive games.
“We can score points,” coach Chad Grier said. “I think we’re very explosively offensively.”
Davidson Day’s scores this season: 61, 68, 46, 64, 45, 45, 42 and 61.
Quarterback Will Grier threw six touchdown passes and ran for two scores against Metrolina Christian (4-4). He was 21-of-30 passing for 329 yards. Grier also rushed seven times for 63 yard two scores. His scoring runs covered 26 and 34 yards.
The Patriots wasted little time generating their weekly scoreboard assault. Defensive back H Strachan returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown after Davidson Day stopped Metrolina Christian on its first possession.
Four minutes later, running back Jordan Brown scored on a 1-yard shuffle pass from Grier for a 14-0 lead. Davidson Day bumped the lead to 20-0 early in the second quarter on Grier’s 39-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Stevens.
Brown had three scoring catches. Lamar Briggs also caught a touchdown pass. Grier’s sixth scoring pass was a 3-yarder to Cullen McGahan.
Davidson Day’s offense attracts plenty of attention with its gaudy scoring. But a new wrinkle this season is an improved defense. Metrolina Christian’s 21 points included a touchdown on a kickoff return and another on a late interception for score. The Warriors’ offense managed only one score against Davidson Day’s defense.
The Patriots were strong up on the defensive line, including sophomore Ricky Smith. He had several tackles, a sack and a diving interception on a screen pass attempt.
Lamar Briggs, Jake Helms, Chase Monroe and Garrett Groulx had one sack each for Davidson Day.
Strachan also had an interception, and his 60-yard return to the Metrolina 5-yard line set up a touchdown two plays later than gave Davidson Day a 47-8 lead.