Grimsley down Nighthawks 49-6 to complete perfect regular season as they await playoff seeding.

Before the season started, the Whirlies outlined three team goals for this season.  Those goals were winning a State Championship, win the Metro 4A and going undefeated in the regular season.  Last week, they locked up the Metro 4A and tonight, the Whirlies could cross off another one of those goals as they finished the regular season undefeated, beating Northern Guilford 49-6.

For most of the season the offense or defense has driven the headlines, but tonight it was the special team unit that really stole the show.  Not only did they block a punt and a block an extra point, but what they did on the opening play of the game really set the tone.  

The Whirlies, eager to finish the regular season strong, wasted no time as Terrell Anderson took the opening kickoff 85 yards to the house.  It took less than 13 seconds, and little did they know it then, proved to be all the scoring the Grimsley Whirlies would need.  Anderson was able to take the line drive kick and weave to his left, outrunning angles close to the Nighthawk sideline to put the Whirlies up 7-0 in a blink of a eye.  

After a quick 3 and out from Northern Guilford, Grimsley went 60 yards in 6 plays capped off by a 40 yard Touchdown pass to Kaden Catoe and 2:05 into the game the Whirlies were already up 14-0.  Another 3 and out from Northern was turned into a Grimsley touchdown, this time a 21-yard catch by Alex Taylor and the lead grew to 21-0.

As the first quarter started to wind down the Nighthawks were able to put a drive together.  They went 70 yards on 10 plays, finished off by Amare Akers 5 yard touchdown run to make it 21-6.  The extra point was blocked.  

The second quarter would see the Whirlies score three touchdowns, the first a 16 yard reception to Khyan Battle, the second a 9 yard catch to Terrell Anderson with 1:51 to play until halftime.  Rather than take a knee and run out the first half clock, the Nighthawks came out throwing and after two incompletions were forced to punt with 35 seconds left.  It was the Whirlies special teams that was able to block the punt, recovering the ball in the 4 yard line.  Three plays later, Mitchell Summers ran it in from one yard out with 0.07 seconds remaining and the Whirlies had a 42-6 halftime advantage.  

After halftime the Whirlies would score a third quarter touchdown, again to Khyan Battle from 21 yards out to make it 49-6.  A running clock would only give each team one more possession as the Whirlies were able to celebrate a perfect regular season.

Faizon Brandon finished 11-21 for 209 yards and 5 touchdowns.  Mitchell Summers rushed for 158 yards and one touchdown.  Alex Taylor had one catch for 21 yards and score, while Battle finished with 2 catches for 37 yards and 2 touchdowns and Anderson chipped in three catches for 68 yards and a score.

Grimsley awaits its playoff seeding this weekend to find out who they play in the first round of the playoffs.