Will Grier nearly passed for a half mile Friday while leading Davidson (N.C.) Day to a 104-80 playoff defeat of Harrells (N.C.) Christian.
Grier, a junior, threw for a national record of 837 yards in the win and broke his own state record for most touchdown passes with 10 in a state independent schools Division II semifinal.
The old national record for single-game passing yardage was 764 by David Koral of Pacific Palisades (Los Angeles) in 2000.
After the game, Grier’s father, Davidson Day coach Chad Grier, said his phone blew up with messages, many of them asking what the rebound and assist stats were.
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“We’re still trying to make sense of it,” Chad Grier said. “Right now, we’re just so focused on winning games. I got an email from Oregon’s offensive coordinator (Mark Helfrich), who asked if we were playing basketball. That’s pretty funny coming from him.”
As good as Grier and his receivers were, another reason the score was so high was the Patriots had to match the effort of Harrells Christian running back Russell Washington, who ran for 699 yrds and seven touchdowns.
“Russell Washington is a heck of a running back,” Grier said. “There were plenty of times we put hats on him and he kept going. He was just that good. The irony was, even though we gave up 80 points, our defense won it for us by getting two turnovers late.”
For their efforts, Grier and Washington lead the American Family Insurance All-USA Performances of the Week. The rest of the top performances:
Harris Coleman, Lorena (Texas)
Ran for 171 yards and five touchdowns and passed for 163 yards and two touchdowns in a 52-35 defeat of China Spring (Texas) on Friday.
David Cornwell, Jones (Okla.)
Threw three touchdown passes and ran for two in a 48-12 Class 3A playoff defeat of Perkins-Tryon (Perkins, Okla.) on Friday.
Bryan Driskell, McKinney Boyd (McKinney, Texas)
Ran for 333 yards and seven touchdowns in a 56-21 defeat of McKinney (Texas) on Friday.
Terrance Hollingsworth, Berry (Ala.)
Ran for 169 yards and a touchdown, caught a 3-yard touchdown pass, scored on a 70-yard interception return and had eight tackles Friday in a 28-8 defeat of Addison (Ala.).
Cole Mosier, Walton-Verona (Walton, Ky.)
Had 10 tackles, including two sacks, in a 33-26 defeat of Lloyd Memorial (Erlanger, Ky.) on Friday.
Kyle Nobach, Marysville-Pilchuck (Marysville, Wash.)
Had three interceptions and a 55-yard touchdown catch in a 33-21 4A playoff defeat of Timberline (Olympia, Wash.) on Friday.
Kalif Phillips, A.L. Brown (Kannapolis, N.C.)
Ran for 361 yards and seven touchdowns in a 69-55 3AA playoff defeat of Hickory Ridge (Harrisburg, N.C.) on Friday.
Undre Williams, Jones County (Gray, Ga.)
Ran for 271 yards and five touchdowns in a 48-37 defeat of Grovetown (Ga.).
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