DAVIDSON – Davidson Day, which didn’t field a varsity football team until 2011, could end up on national television this fall.
“Nothing has been finalized, but we are still working with ESPN to accommodate a date and opponent for a nationally televised game,” Davidson Day coach Chad Grier said.
ESPN has televised prep football games for several years. Last season’s slate included teams from 21 states, many containing state championship teams and top college recruits. Davidson Day fits both descriptions. The Patriots have won N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association championships in 2011 and 2012, and feature quarterback Will Grier, who has committed to Florida.
Chad Grier said ESPN mentioned potential opponents in Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes High and Gainesville (Ga.) High. He said the network also was considering the opener at Albemarle High.
Davidson Day released its 2013 schedule, which includes 10 games and an open date during the first week of October. The Patriots will open at Albemarle on Aug. 23, and have other road games at Providence Day (Sept. 6), Harrells Christian (Sept. 13), Marvin Ridge (Sept. 27), Charlotte Latin (Oct. 25) and Victory Christian (Nov. 1).
Davidson Day’s four home games will be played at Bailey Park in Cornelius – same as last season – because the field on campus doesn’t have lights. A new stadium/field on campus is in the planning stages. Home games will be against North Raleigh Christian (Aug. 30), Community School of Davidson (Sept. 20), Charlotte Country Day (Oct. 11) and Metrolina Christian (Oct. 18).
In other Davidson Day athletic news:
• Mike Stevens, a junior cornerback/wide receiver, received an offer from Kentucky, Grier said. He had earlier offers from Charlotte and Kent.
Stevens, 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, led Davidson Day with five interceptions last season, including two returned for touchdowns. He had 71 tackles and routinely covered the opponent’s top receiver. As a backup on offense, Stevens caught 22 passes for 314 yards and six touchdowns. In his one game as a starter, Stevens had 10 receptions for 169 yards and three touchdowns.
• Jordan Brown, a 5-9, 165-pound junior, continues to draw interest from Division I colleges. Last season, he rushed for 589 yards and 12 touchdowns on only 51 carries, and scored 16 touchdowns on 62 receptions for 1,150 yards. As a safety, Brown had 116 tackles. He’s been recruited by several schools, including North Carolina, N.C. State, Duke and Missouri. Brown, one of the state’s top sprinters, has a 10.6-second speed in the 100-meter dash and 4.43 in the 40.
Brown and Stevens were invited participants at N.C. State’s Elite Junior Day recently. Both earned participation in the showcase event at the VTO Elite 100 camp last month. Stevens was selected as a most valuable player finalist at wide receiver and earned an invitation to the NFL Prep 100 event in Baltimore last weekend.
• Nick Lamach, a two-time all-state offensive lineman, will enroll and plans to play football at Guilford College, a Division III school in Greensboro. Lamach, a team captain and honor roll student, didn’t allow any sacks as a senior and played basketball and lacrosse.
• Will Grier was quarterback MVP at the VTO Elite 100 camp and earned an invitation to the NFL Prep 100 event in Baltimore. Grier was quarterback MVP at the Nike Camp at Hough High last month.
• Davidson Day’s other participants in the VTO Elite 100 camp were Glen Coates, Kendon McLaurin, Cullen McGahan, Jacob Robinson, Jake Helms and Ricky Smith. Patriots at the Nike camp were Coates, McLaurin, McGahan, Robinson, and H Strachan.
• Davidson Day has been invited back to defend its title at the Carolina Panthers 7-on-7 tournament June 14. The event is held at the NFL team’s practice facility next to Bank of America Stadium.
Davidson Day won the tournament last summer and earned a trip to Indianapolis to compete for the national championship.