Page has a decided advantage when you look at the overall series vs. Grimsley football from over the years, and Page will probably be enlisted as at least a two touchdown favorite for this Friday night’s game at Marion Kirby Stadium, but when you look toward the past and from over the years, there has been a wealth of talent that has come through these two schools….
If you combined the talent from the two schools, from over the years and you look at Grimsley’s best players and the best players from Page in their prime, who would have the better overall team?????
The Prime Time Grimsley All-Stars vs. the Prime Time Page All-Stars and this game might be closer than you would think….
If you put at least two of Grimsley’s top defensive linemen on their All-Star roster from over the years, they would be two of the best to ever play in this state, and that would be Reuben Davis and DJ Reader…..Just think about those two facing Page up front at that the same time in their prime….And if you had to come up with a Page fantasy team Prime Time All-Star to try and block them, I might just start with Chris Jasperse…Chris had some pro tryouts and he was big as a mountain in his prime, and he could be the one that could block men like Davis and Reader…
If you look for receivers, Page would have prime-timers in Haywood Jeffires, Tripp Welborne and John Newman….While Welborne was at Page, the Pirates went (40-1-1) and he was also a steady defensive back for the Pirates and when you begin to study these prime-timers from both teams(Page and Grimsley), Welborne looks to be the top athlete of them all from over the years…..Welborne has to be on the field at all times in an All-Star matchup between the Pirates and the Whirlies…
For quarterbacks you can really take your pick and there have so many good ones from over the years…..Todd Ellis, Jeff Dunn, James Summers, Antonio Kirkpatrick, even a recent Will Jones from Page and there have been many more on the the Pirates side, and with Grimsley you can roll with Rod Elkins, Mike Elkins, Jeff Gilbert and Zach Maynard may have snuck in a couple of wins over Page during his solid time as the Whirlies’ quarterback….Jeff Gilbert was the all-time top QB at Western Carolina University, back in his day….
Plenty of others to go along with those, but who are the true prime-timers, the true All-Stars…..
We are jumping around a little bit here, but with Grimsley having maybe an edge on the D-line and then Page a for sure edge at WR and then the QB spot has so many good ones, it might just be a toss-up and if you move to linebacker, I think Page goes on top again….I always liked Clayton Henry and Michael Brooks and then Page had that 2011 LB group with young men like Blake Hickman, Christian Cranford and company….Current Page linebacking crew pretty tough too….
At DB’s you have guys like Delton Hall from Grimsley and Tripp Welborne, from Page and it still looks like Welborne would be the top talent to take the field from over the years….We spoke on receivers and if you needed a big tight end, Grimsley’s Ethan Albright would be the perfect choice and since he is tied in now with Page as a former softball coach and a Page parent, could Ethan be convinced to turn in his old Grimsley uniform and line up for Page????? If you wanted to go with a two tight end formation and you had Ethan Albright and John Newman on the same side of the ball, that would really open some holes for the Page backs and give the Page QB’s targets that they could not help but spot….
And as for those runningbacks Carlos Doggett from Page has to get some nods and along with DreW Rogers and for Grimsley they have had many, but for pure heart, guts and determination, I would go with David Moore Jr., and there are plenty more and Shawn Brown is another good RB from back in the Grimsley past….
Got to give Page the kicking edge and the ones from the recent years with Matt Millisor, Austin Anthony, Harrison Kiser and Thomas Murray have really been something, but Kirk McGuinn, Brian Carter, Gavin Segall-Abrams and others from Grimsley could argue that they have been pretty good over the years too….
Lots of players to look back and there has been a pretty good talent pool from over the years at these two schools and if you could have a return of your favorite coaching matchup would you call for Marion Kirby(Page HS) vs. Jeff Smouse(Grimsley HS) or do you want to see a different meeting of the coaches from Page and Grimsley….I think Coach Gillespie only lost maybe one game to Grimsley over the years and they came way back and early in his stop at Page and for Grimsley, Coach Smouse still seems to be the recallable coach for the Whirlies when it comes to this Page-Grimsley battle from over the years….I don’t know what it was exactly, but Coach Smouse seemed to really add something to this annual ball game….
Not a bad topic for Grimsley at Page week and we have hit it before, sort of, but it is always good to bring this discussion back…..
Got some more key names to add to the list and who were your favorites from over the years……This game has a way of making stars out of players you may have never heard of too…..
*****On recent games, Page slipped past Grimsley 24-23 in 2007, after falling to the Whirlies 21-10 in 2006 and Page has won all of the games since 2007…..*****And as for this year, Page is saying, “Bring it On and Bring it Home”………….