CORNELIUS – Will Grier quickly put to rest any concerns of a letdown against Community School of Davidson Friday night.
Grier, Davidson Day’s quarterback and a Florida commit, used a mix of successful running and passing to lead the Patriots to a 45-0 win over the Spartans.
Davidson Day (5-0) jumped out to a commanding lead early on and scored all 45 points in the first half. The Patriots never showed signs of doubt against an overmatched Spartan lineup, moving the ball at will through the air while extending their win streak to 11 games, dating back to Oct. 2012.
Grier’s lone mishap, a second-quarter interception on a tipped pass intended for wide receiver Glen Coates, caught coach Chad Grier’s attention.
“You can’t turn the ball over and beat (Davidson Day’s next opponent) Marvin Ridge,” he said. “Overall, we’re still not there. Every week we’re getting a little better and a little cleaner. Turnovers are correctable.”
Nothing else the younger Grier did needed correcting.
Two possessions after the interception, Grier threw a touchdown pass to Coates on the same dig route.
The Patriots scored on all but one possession in the first half and built a comfortable lead.
“It was one of those games where you just have to take care of business,” said Will Grier, who sat out the second half.
“We did all right. We didn’t make as many mistakes as last week.”
The Spartans (1-4) moved the ball better in the second half. Running back Joey Bernardini guided Community School of Davidson on a drive from their own one-yard line to near midfield before the Patriots’ defense stiffened and forced another punt.
Community School of Davidson, however, intercepted two passes on the night, one by Grier and the other thrown by Coates.
“We’ve got to take care of the ball,” Chad Grier said. “Those guys played Patton (High) tough last week. That’s not a bad football team.”
Will Grier said the Patriots’ next test against Marvin Ridge will tell how much progress Davidson Day has made since its season began.
The Patriots have outscored their opponents 284-40 in five games.
“Momentum is definitely key,” Grier said. “We’re starting to nail down a huge chemistry thing with all of us and I think we’ll be ready for Marvin Ridge next week. Our defense has been absolutely 100 percent amazing all year.”