Three Quick Takeaways from Grimsley win over Mount Tabor: Grimsley uses second half surge to win season opener over Mount Tabor 30-7

Three Quick Takeaways from Grimsley win over Mount Tabor
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Three quick takeaways from Grimsley’s 30-7 win over Mount Tabor.

Number one: Grimsley defensive line controlled the line of scrimmage. Inspired play from the front four created constant pressure and limited running lanes. Edge rusher Bryce Davis had an interception and a strip sack while Jakai Eason, Andre Hill Jr. stopped the run game. Tabor quarterback Albright was pressured all night and different defensive line looks created communication breakdowns and stopped the Spartan run game before it could ever get going.

Number two: Grimsley quarterback Faizon Brandon overcame early struggles to throw electrifying touchdown passes to Taylor and Anderson to put the game away. Brandon scored twice with his legs and twice thtu the air as he led the offense on three touchdown drives in their final five possessions.

Number three: The return game of Terrell Anderson put the Whirlies in business. In the first half, Anderson took his first punt return down to the Spartans 15. On the opening kickoff of the second half, Anderson took the kick to the Spartan 16.

Grimsley uses second half surge to win season opener over Mount Tabor 30-7.

Coach Brown looked at this first game of the season as a way for the high touted Grimsley Whirlies to build an identity. The identity they forged after beating Mount Tabor 30-7 was one of focus and finish. The Whirlies used a dominate second half to pull away for a 30-7 road win in a playoff-like atmosphere in Winston Salem. The likes of Bryce Davis on the defensive line, who had a sack and created two turnovers, along with Faizon Brandon at quarterback, who accounted for four touchdowns, has put the conference on notice that the Grimsley identity is young, fast and hungry.

Midway thru the first quarter the Spartans opened the scoring with a 69 yard touchdown pass from transfer quarterback Lane Albright to wide receiver “Snook” Peterkin down the left side with 5:31 left in the first quarter. The rainbow throw found Peterkin in stride and just out of reach of the Grimsley defensive back. With the Mt. Tabor Spartans now up 7-0 the Whirlies wasted little time responding. Grimsley went 47 yards on a drive that concluded with a 11 yard touchdown run by quarterback Faizon Brandon. Brandon, on the quarterback keeper, tucked in behind the right side of the offensive line and an extra point later the game was tied at 7. The second quarter would see both team’s offense struggle as the Spartans would punt three times and two the three Whirley drives would end in interceptions thrown by Brandon. Teams went into the intermission tied at 7 apiece.

The second half opened with a bang as Terrell Anderson took the opening kick-off 78 yards to the Whirlies in business. Weaving thru defenders and breaking tackles, he was able to take it all the way down to the Spartan 16 yard line. Behind the strong running of Grimsley tailback Mitchell Summers, the Whirleys were able to punch it in from 2 yards out on a Faizon Brandon quarterback keeping touchdown run with 9:48 left to play in the third quarter to make the score 14-7.

The Spartans try to respond and marched in the following possession into Whirley territory. That is when Lane Albright dropped back to pass and stepping in front to make the interception was Bryce Davis at the Mount Tabor 32 yard line with 6:57 to play in the third quarter. Grimsley would drive, but failed to convert a 4th and 12 and unfortunately turned the ball over on downs deep in Spartan territory. The next Spartan possession saw the Grimsley defense step up again. The Spartans only went backward. The punter, standing against the back line of the end zone, was forced to jump up to receive a high snap from the long snapper and when he came back down his back feet hit the end line resulting in a Mount Tabor safety and 2 points for Grimsley making the score 16-7.

After receiving the safety punt, Grimsley’s next drive took almost 5 minutes and stretched between the end of the third and opening minute of the fourth. Grimsley would drive all the way down to the Spartan 1 yard line but the running attempt on fourth and goal was pushed back and resulted in yet another turnover on downs. Davis and the defense didn’t care. They would not let the Spartans pry any of the momentum back. Quickly, the defense forced another three and out, and the Spartan punt would give the Whirlies great field position. Grimsley promptly went 37 yards, finishing with a 20 yard “over the shoulder” touchdown catch by Alex Taylor to make it 23-7 with just 6:06 to play in the game. One minute later, Bryce Davis blitzing from the right side, stripped sacked Lane Albright and the fumble was recovered by the Whirlies. Grimsley would promptly proceed to score again, this time with a 17 yard touchdown pass to Terrell Anderson with 3:57 to play in the game. With home fans headed for the exits, each team played the second string until the final time ran out.

The second half was dominated by the Whirlies who showed great determination on both sides of the ball. The defense confused the Spartan QB and their running game never had a chance to get going. On offenses, Grimsley coaches stuck with the big play making ability of the Brandon and the talented wide receivers and they were rewarded with touchdowns on their final two drives and touchdowns on three of their final five possessions. Meanwhile the Spartans in the second half turned the ball over twice, committed to safety, and punted once.
Grimsley looks to continue build their identity next week as they play Rolesville in the home opener.

10 thoughts on “Three Quick Takeaways from Grimsley win over Mount Tabor: Grimsley uses second half surge to win season opener over Mount Tabor 30-7

  1. Our QB will settle down with experience. Defense is outstanding. NCSU commit Anderson ruled the game every time he touched the ball. Wish he was RB. We have to find ways to get more touches.

  2. Right Anderson did dominate. It would have been more they never target the other side of the field been that way for years. Got to get the running back some lanes and move the receiver in motion sometimes.Tighten up the O-line and linebackers could be a great year. Play selection is terrible and has been. Winning hides bad decisions !!!

  3. Turf Tank 1 exactly. Get out your feelings. No expert facts must be your friend. Watch the game should be in the press box. New Bern showed second place. Bleacher that.

  4. Glad you brought up New Bern, you do realize they had to vacate that title right? How can you say a team that has lost 2 games in the last 3 years has terrible play calling. Envy is a terrible thing.

  5. I don’t see where New Bern vacated the tittle, I see they received their rings in April.

  6. Bear Den you right he’s the OC taking it personally. The same one that made a pass call at the 1 yard line against EF with a 2,000 yard rusher and a 1,000 rushing Qb. The conference in weak don’t act like is not. If it was like that why no ships except for a shortened Covid season. Last job you will ever get. Truth hurts.

  7. OC Ghs is Dean Smith of high school football. New Bern made them look like mediocre. Stop playing its Turf tank. Y’all will never win another championship. Butler should have won. New Bern are the champs easy. Keith Sampson beat the booth.

  8. Play calling isn’t bad. Just doesn’t fit the personnel. They have superior weapons but you can’t tell. It’s like driving a Ferrari and only going the speed limit.

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