All things Grimsley football are down on the Kiser Middle School field these days and that is where it all got going this morning at 10am….The scrimmage finished up at 12 noon and the edge today would have to go to, the Southwest Guilford Cowboys…..
Whirlie defensive coach Pat Neal will have his defense working extra hard and maybe working into the 5th or 6th quarter on Thursday, since Grimsley has to get ready for Mount Tabor and WS Carver on Friday, at the NewBridge Bank Jamboree….
The best player on the field today was Brandon Banks from Southwest Guilford….Banks wore #85 and lined up at defensive end and linebacker and he was all over the field and spent plenty of time in the Grimsley backfield….Banks has been contacted by East Carolina, Elon, Ball State, Norfolk State, Old Dominion and UNC-Charlotte…..He stands 6’3 240 and he can play…..
Grimsley’s QB #10 Jake Simpson looked sharpe, but his receivers dropped too many passes….Grimsley probably gave up 5 TD’s that they could have had on dropped balls, in the end zone or at the goal line….Grimsley also struggled when their #2 quarterback was in the game and his problem was the fumbled snaps….The Whirlies have to get their timing down and it will have to start with the quarterback-center exchange…..
Grimsley was missing big DJ Reader today, as he will take the field today in the Colt World Series at Lafayette, Indiana….SWG was also missing a key player, as Braxton Daye was away on family business…..
Southwest Guilford is primarily a running team and they ran the ball effectively today against the Grimsley defense……The top back was Larry Edwards, a junior runningback who found the end zone on a couple of occasions today….RB Ray Bridges was also on the board, as was RB Jon Ervin….The SWG QB’s are small, but they are fast and quick….The Cowboys #1 QB, per coach Scott Schwarzer, is DeMario Smitih and his backup is Jason Caldwell….Both were able to score today and most all of the SWG Cowboy scoring came on the ground……
The SWG offensive line was led by Ryan Bristow and Kevin Stanfield…..SWG has at least 5-6 real big kids and they all played hard today and the Cowboys are going to need it every Friday night, in that very tough Piedmont Triad Conference, with the likes of NWG, Ragsdale, East Forsyth and High Point Central…..Former East Forsyth, Grimsley and Providence Grove coach Todd Shuping, is an assistant at Glenn in Kernersville now, and that should make Aldine Payne’s Bobcats a much better team…..
SWG has more names on defense to go along with Brandon Banks that we should mention, including NG big James Rogers, LB Aaron Fletcher, LB Jayquan Lewis and FS Herbert Bridges….
Coach Schwarzer said the Cowboys are an option team and that they will run the football…….
For Grimsley, Kevin Walton had one touchdown reception today, but he should have had more, if not for some of his dropped passes…..For Grimsley this was an evaluation day and judgement day is not here yet, but it will be next Friday August 19, when the Whirlies host the Ragsdale Tigers….
Grimsley is going to need a big play man this season, like they had in Travon Woods last year and Walton might be that man…..He and Jake Simpson seem to have a good chemistry between them and with that said, other Grimsley receivers are going to have to step up too…..The Grimsley running game was not outstanding today, but it did show some signs of life……
In closing out Round One today, you might say that Southwest Guilford is very steady running team, that needs to work on their passing and that Grimsley is a passing team that must learn to hold on to those Jake Simpson spirals and at the same time, Grimsley must develop a running game that hits the holes with authority……
Next up for both SWG and Grimsley are the NewBridge Bank Football Jamboree games on Friday afternoon/evening………..