The Grimsley Whirlies almost let one get away on Friday night at Jamieson Stadium. The Whirlies put the ball on the ground 4 times and lost the fumbles in every situation and QB Zach Maynard had one of his key passes picked off late in the game with the outcome on the line.
Grimsley received excellent early results from Soph. RB/DB/KR man Keenan Allen but the kid got kicked out of the game for over-celebrating after he took a pass from brother Zach to the house from 32 yards out in the first quarter. Allen took the opening kickoff of the game all the way back for a TD and it looked like the route was going to be on, but that was not the case. Allen put on a show and the officials showed him the way out for the rest of the game.
Grimsley will have to tighten up the reins if they want to keep their 26 game regular-season winning streak in tact. Jamarl Rease led the Whirlie defense but the defensive backfield got rocked by Winston-Salem Reynolds quaterback Jeremy Peterson most of the second half with big plays going to the Demons’ wide receiver William Miller.
Grimsley has to find discipline in their game and they will need a hard week of practice to get ready for High Point Central and the Black Bison’s slick QB Ricky Mitchell coming up next at HPC’s Simeon Stadium. Turnovers and penalties can kill you and Grimsley has to cut down on both of those.
The Whirlies win it 33-26 and avoid going into overtime for the second time this year with the game-winning drive coming with about a minute and a half left in the game and Zach Maynard hooking up with James Scales III, then Maynard had a strong run to get the ball inside the 5 yard line, and then senior RB David Moore took the ball in from 1 yard out for the touchdown and kicker Stefan Shepherd’s PAT gave the Whirlies the victory.
We went 9-1 on our picks of last night’s games and Northeast got the job done with freshman Maurice Harris at QB for the injured Kendall Bratcher and Tyler Woods did just about what we said with 245 yards and 5 TD’s on 32 carries and NEG takes care of Southern Alamance 49-21. Eastern Guilford smoked the Southwest Guilford Cowboys 41-21 and Paul Lambeth will have the full inside on that one later today. It sounds like Gerrod Herbin is becoming the man for EG.
Dudley left no doubts as they rolled over Bartlett Yancey in the Panthers homecoming, 56-0 was the final. You need to read Robert Bell’s breakdown in today’s News and Record or at www.news-record.com and it will blow your mind. The 56-0 was so much of a whipping but it could have been a lot worse. They shortened the 4th quarter to just 8 minutes from the normal 12 minute period and let the clock run non-stop. I wonder what it might have been? 84-0….
The Eastern Randolph Wildcats put up a fight but the right team won as Ragsdale left Ramseur with a 16-7 win on Friday night. Sean Cathey led the Tigers with 95 yards rushing and a touchdown and Ladarious Canty scored for RHS on a long 63 yard run. The Page Pirates had 176 yards passing and four TD tosses from their junior QB Will Newman but it wasn’t enough as the Davie County War Eagles pulled out a 42-35 victory over Coach Kevin Gillespie’s kids. Newman is one of the best in the business but he faced an equally tough QB in DC’s Garrett Benge. Benge is considered one of the top QB’s in the state and the War Eagles also got some big plays from Cooter Arnold’s brother, Santana Arnold.
In other area games Southeast Guilford had Nick Bell run for 181 to lead the Falcons over Trinity 31-15. Brian Webb ran a kickoff back 89 yards for a SEG TD. North Forsyth sent Smith closer to that 0-11 with a 34-0 win over Ben. That’s the Ben L. Smith Golden Eagles. Western Guilford enjoyed it’s trip up to Eden coming home to Greensboro with a 38-22 victory over Morehead, and Reidsville rolled over High Point Andrews 35-12. The RHS Rams led 22-0 at the half.
After last night’s games we have Grimsley 6-0(defeated an 0-6 team in WS Reynolds) Dudley 6-1, Northeast Guilford 5-1, Ragsdale 5-2, Southeast Guilford 4-2, Eastern Guilford 4-2, Western Guilford 4-3, Page 2-4, Southwest Guilford 2-4, High Point Andrews 1-4, and Smith 0-6 among our teams that played last night. Next week Western Alamance 7-0 at NEG 5-1 and Grimsley at HPC are among the headliners.