Grimsley and NWG join EG and move on to Round Three:Ryan Stephens leads Whirlies to “W”, and “Next Man Up QB” drives NWG to the next Round

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Big wins for both the Grimsley Whirlies and Northwest Guilford Vikings tonight, and they join the Eastern Guilford Wildcats in the Third Round of the NCHSAA Football Playoffs….Grimsley tops Charlotte Catholic, 42-30, Northwest Guilford surprises Watauga, 33-27 and Eastern Guilford took down Erwin on Friday night, 62-42…

Next we have Charlotte Independence coming to Grimsley to face the Whirlies, Northwest is going down to Weddington to meet the Warriors, and Eastern Guilford will be the road warriors again, traveling up to West Henderson…

Big win for the Grimsley Whirlies on Saturday night, with their senior QB Ryan Stephens leading his Whirlies to the “W”…Stephens with 4 TD runs and 2 TD passes…Stephens, along with Jaiden Evans from Eastern Guilford, as early candidates for the Steak n Shake offensive Players of the Week…And we need to add Northwest Guilford’s Bristol Carter to that list of potential Offensive Award Winners…

Four touchdown runs by Ryan Stephens and two TD passes by Stephens…But it doesn’t stop with just Stephens, here is how it happened on Saturday night at Jamieson Stadium….
6:44 First Quarter:Grimsley QB Ryan Stephens on a two-yard TD run…Jackson Henry PAT kick is good…Grimsley went on an 8-play 54-yard TD drive…Grimsley 7, Charlotte Catholic 0
2:09 First Quarter Charlotte Catholic RB Sovine on 4-yard TD run…PAT kick from Jack Rouse is good…G 7, Charlotte Catholic 7
End of First Quarter:Grimsley 7, Charlotte Catholic 7
Lots of big runs by G QB Ryan Stephens early in this game…
10:29 Second Quarter:Ryan Stephens to Terrell Anderson on 40-yard TD pass…Henry PAT kick is good…Grimsley 14, Charlotte 7
5:30 Second Quarter QB Sean Boyle to Jack Larsen with a 13-yard TD pass for the Charlotte Catholic Cougars…PAT kick by Rouse is good…Grimsley 14, Charlotte Catholic 14
More running by the Whirlies’ Stephens and some solid yardage on the ground by Grimsley sophomore RB Mitchell Summers…
00:20 left in the Second Quarter, just twenty seconds left on the First Half clock, G QB Stephens connects with WR Alex Taylor on a 23-yard TD pass…PAT kick by Henry is good…Grimsley 21, Catholic 14
Alex Taylor with a late First Half pick/interception for Grimsley…
Halftime:Grimsley 21, Charlotte Catholic 14

Grimsley gets a huge pass from QB Ryan Stephens to Alex Taylor covering 56 yards, on the first offensive play of the second half…
9:36 Third Quarter Ryan Stephens cashes in a one-yard Grimsley TD run to paydirt…Henry PAT kick is good again…
Grimsley 28, Charlotte Catholic 14
End of Third Quarter:Grimsley 28, Catholic 14
11:04 Fourth Quarter Mickey Giroux with a 4-yard TD run…The two-point PAT run is good…Grimsley 28, Charlotte Catholic 22
5:31 Fourth Quarter Stephens on a 3-yard TD run for Grimsley..Two-point conversion pass by Stephens to Taylor…
Grimsley 36, Catholic 22
2:12 Fourth Quarter Stephens with a 53-yard touchdown run and the PAT kick is no good…Grimsley 42, Catholic 22
On the next-to-the-last-play of the game Catholic with a TD pass by Boyle to Deller and the two-point run from Web Helms…Grimsley 42, Catholic 30
Final Score:Grimsley Whirlies 42, Charlotte Catholic Cougars 30
Grimsley Whirlies on to Round Three of the NCHSAA Football Playoffs…..Whirlies hosting Charlotte Independence at Jamieson Stadium, next Friday night……
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In the Northwest Guilford over Watauga Pioneers win up in Boone….Northwest Guilford junior QB broke his left wrist during the two-point conversion attempt after NWG had just scored on Watauga to take a 6-0 NWG lead…Tanner Ballou had taken every offensive snap for the NWG Vikings during the 2022 season, and now he was GONE…NWG proceeded to fall behind 21-6 at the half up there in Boone…But NWG got the bounce-back effort they were looking for, as senior athlete Bristol Carter took over at QB, and as the “Next Man Up”, Carter settled down and he led the NWG Vikings to the “Viking Victory”….

Northwest got 60-yard TD run by Carter, and he ended up with that one long TD run(57 yards and 159 total yards rushing), and he completed just one pass…But with Carter and Ryan Debow running, as NWG got two TD runs from Debow, and Northwest got a huge fumble recovery from DL Luke Rochon, and Luke ran it back for a touchdown, it all came together for Coach Kevin Wallace’ Northwest Guilford Vikings…Mike Godette with a 13-yard TD run for NWG…Game-Winning touchdown scored by NWG’s Bristol Carter…

Again, Tanner Ballou had taken every single snap for the NWG Vikings this season, but he goes down tonight at Boone, and in comes senior Bristol Carter, who was disqualified and not ejected in the NWG Round One win over Southeast Guilford, and BC leads NWG to the V-I-C-T-O-R-Y….What a win for our Guilford County rep Northwest Guilford, on Saturday night up in Boone, at Watauga High School…NWG at Weddington, next Friday night in Round Three of the NCHSAA Playoffs…NWG QB Tanner Ballou out for around 4 weeks with that broken/dislocated wrist…..

Scoring and Stats from the Watauga HERE to read the entire Game Report from Patrick McCormick…..

Watauga     0  21   6   0  27
NW Guilford 6   0  14  13  33

1st Quarter

NWG — Debow 1 run (2-pt failed)

2nd Quarter

WAT — Ca. Horine 33 pass from Greene (Kight kick)

WAT — Curtis 5 run (Kight kick)

WAT — Curtis 4 run (Kight kick)

3rd Quarter

NWG — Debow 3 run (2-pt failed)

WAT — Greene 1 run (kick failed)

NWG — Rochon 48 fumble return (Carter 2-pt)

4th Quarter

NWG — Godette 13 run (Wallace kick)

NWG — Carter 57 run (kick failed)

Selected Individual Statistics:
Passing Stats

                  Cmp Att Yds Cmp%  TD Int

WAT Maddox Greene . 5 11   90 45.5%  1  0

NWG Tanner Ballou    4 4   65 100%   0  0

NWG Bristol Carter   1 9    7 11.1%  0  2

Rushing Stats

                    Att Yds Avg TD

WAT Maddox Greene . 19 170 8.9 1

WAT Will Curtis .   19 92  4.8 2

WAT Carlton Horine   7 50  7.1 0

NWG Bristol Carter 16 159 9.9  1

NWG Mike Godette   22 111  5   1

NWG Ryan Debow      5  21  4.2 2

Receiving Stats

                   Rec Yds Avg  TD

WAT Jackson Pryor   4   57  14.3 0

WAT Carlton Horine  1   33  33   1

NWG Bristol Carter  3   54  18   0

NWG Trenton Cloud   1   11  11   0