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THE 837 GAME
Will Grier is not a stat hound. He wants to win. Davidson Day has won two consecutive NCISAA state titles and is eyeing a third this season.
“I hate to keep stats,” Will Grier says matter-of-factly. “Other than wins and losses.”
On Nov. 9, 2012, everyone became interested in Davidson Day stats.
Former Charlotte Independence quarterback Chris Leak held the state record for passing yards in a game with 585. Davidson Day assistant OC and receivers coach Jason Smith was well aware of that. And he also wanted Grier to break that record.
He watched games from the press box and at halftime met with the team. He had a loose idea of Grier’s yardage at halftime of each game and often shared it with the quarterback. Even if Grier was close to the mark, it rarely mattered because most of Davidson Day’s games were blowouts and Grier saw little time in the second half.
Until this night. With a trip to the state title game on the line, Davidson Day vs. Harrells Christian quickly became a shootout.
“We needed a game where we’re going back and forth,” Smith said of Grier’s chance at topping Leak’s mark. “All of a sudden this perfect storm happened against Harrells Christian. They keep scoring. So we had to keep it up. It was basketball on turf.”
Smith told Grier at halftime that he thought he might already have the record. Davidson Day had 56 points and over 500 yards of offense.
“He kind of looked at me when I told him,” Smith recalls. “You have to know Will, too. In the middle of the game, he’s got these moments where he hears you and then he’s sort of like a great white shark out there. He’s such a great competitor.”
When it was over, Davidson Day won 104-80 and Grier threw for 837 yards.
“It was a normal game to me, but going over the film, it was a track meet. Back and forth, back and forth,” Grier says. “Our guys were having fun, running all over the field. I probably threw five screens for touchdowns. It was a lot of fun. It was crazy. That’s something—I don’t ever see that happening again—it was like a freak accident game. But it was definitely a lot of fun to be a part of.”
Ken Bradley @KenBradleyNC an excerpt from The Sporting News 11/2013
October 22, 2018
Our son, AJ, has been working with Jason Smith (Just Grinding) on his quarterback training over the past 2 seasons. Last year, AJ was a 7th grader and the starting QB on the middle school varsity team. This was quite the adjustment since AJ had never played tackle football (only flag) and we had just moved to the area. AJ’s offensive coordinator made the introduction to Jason and it proved to be invaluable. Jason didn’t just work on AJ’s footwork, drop backs and ball location, but more importantly it was the attention he gave towards AJ’s mental game, how to fuel his body to recover, what to say in a huddle, how to be a leader, his voice inflection and most importantly, forgetting the last play and moving on to the next that helped the most. His instruction and insight the first few weeks helped AJ not only improve his game and grow his confidence, but it helped AJ adjust to his new home through being an integral part of his team.
AJ and Jason started up again in mid-summer to prepare for the final season of middle school football after baseball season was over. Just like last year, they get together every Sunday for 2 hours. AJ’s arm strength has substantially improved and his QB knowledge has soared this year after the first few sessions. He is throwing further, harder and more accurately every week, making quicker reads on the defense and his timing in the pocket is night and day compared to a year ago. Last year it was about learning, improving and surviving, but this year he is applying what he has learned and thriving.
As we wrap up this season, the team is 5-1 and heading to the championship game tomorrow night. We have no idea what the future holds for AJ, but we do know that the lessons he learned with Jason these past 2 years is transferable to not just another sport, but in life. Their connection is so much more than a QB and the quarterback coach. Jason asks open-ended questions and makes AJ think through the throw, not just physically make the throw. Jason has him laughing one second, but focused the next, with every critique there is a positive message, and after every session, AJ is better than he was before he started it.
We are quite confident that regardless of his athletic future, AJ and Jason will have an ongoing relationship for years to come. We cannot thank Jason enough for the invaluable lessons AJ has learned from him. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.
Jeff and Kari Sirianni