Grimsley 21 – Page 10

What a game.  Page High put the fear of God in their cross-town rivals.

The Whirlies offense was lethargic throughout the first three quarters.  They finally got their game on in the fourth quarter with a long, grinding, ground-oriented drive that helped them re-gain their confidence in themselves…. but not before the Pirates gave the Whirlie fans a couple of heart attacks with two kick returns – one for a touchdown, and almost another.

Kudos to Page and a lesson for Grimsley: Emotion can sometimes trump talent in such a highly charged matchup.

I’m glad for the win, but damn it was scary.

Update: N&R’s morning after coverage is here.

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9 Comments

  1. Posted September 30, 2006 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    One defensive stop away from possibly pulling off the shocker! A great game; Congrats to the Whirlies for pullling themselves together and responding. Your side of the stadium got awfully quiet there for a short while.

    I was very proud of the Page kids for staying in the stands – while they watched the orchestrated rope trick. W
    the Pirates are on the right track. It was a positive night for the Page community.

  2. Posted September 30, 2006 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    No question about that, coach. They did themselves proud.

    You are right about the hush that fell over our side after that stunning run back. Scared us to death, And then, almost another.

    That “rope trick” was a hoot to watch… but it WAS effective. The Whirlie kids didn’t charge the Pirate side as they did in the previous two victories. They were hearded toward their team instead which was much more sportsmanlike.

    BTW, I berated my Jack for that 15 yard personal foul on the 4th quarter kick-off. A late hit borne of frustration I’m sure. It might have made him feel better at the moment but it was big time dumb.

  3. Posted September 30, 2006 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    From my angle, I thought Jack played an “active” game. I didn’t know he was the guilty party on the late hit. He was definitely a big part of the O line that just wore us down. We were able to “put you on your heels”; but didn’t have the size and depth to keep you there.
    I really liked the flea-flicker call, even though it ended up giving you the ball right back. If that’s a touchdown, things would have really been interesting.

    Gasparello’s rope trick WAS effective. From my security post on the visitors side, I was feeling impatient and annoyed with the PA Announcer repeating the “stay off the field” message, when everyone knew the plan was to allow them to come “part way across”. I agree with you that the students were much more sportmanlike this year The credit goes to the Page students; if they had really wanted to rush the field, there would have been very little we could have done about it. Gasparello comes out looking good with the trick (but would he have allowed the Page students the same freedom?); thank goodness the whole week is over and he can go back to running your school and stop trying to run both! Hopefully no one got hurt in the community last night.

  4. Eric
    Posted September 30, 2006 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    I agree with the coach as a senior this year i saw the crowd first hand and they were fired up till the very last minute, thats whats gotta happen though becuase last year we gave up. Our players played incredible the whole game and we deserved to win. Yall were saying in was goona be a blowout but we were winning at one time how does that sound. Page will always be a better school becuase we could have rushed that feild our senior year and stomped yall players but we didnt we peacfully went home and without any vandalism.

  5. Posted September 30, 2006 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    Next year: a Page/Grimsley blog, started well before the game…with pics and video of spirit beforehand and game and crowd action during…and, i’m guessing, moderated comments…

    could be fun.

    Congrats to Jack and his squad — Elijah was there with friends from both schools and said it was great event.

  6. Posted October 1, 2006 at 6:53 am | Permalink

    Good idea, Ed. It might give me something to do after Jack graduates and I don’t have a direct conncection to the team until, perhaps, 12 yo Jesse decides to play football.

    Coach and Eric – The Page’s student body DOES deserve a ton of credit for the way they handled themselves. It could have been ugly, but instead you guys showed some real class.

    The bong that was painted on the field the week before was kinda cute, I thought.

  7. Posted October 1, 2006 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    Thanks, David!

    The blog does sound like a great idea – Just not sure how one blog could hold so much info!
    Best of luck to the Whirlies the rest of the way!!

  8. Posted October 1, 2006 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    Congrats to the GHS kids. I can’t help but feel jealous, grimsley lost every single year I was there or at Kiser…sigh

  9. Jeff
    Posted October 2, 2006 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Before we wear ourselves out congratulating Page for being good sports, I’ll report another side of the story.
    As the marching Band was awaiting dismissal into the band room by Dr. Stuber, a group of 20-25 young men all wearing Page red in one way or another, came down Service Rd. into the parking. As they passed me one
    was calling out ” Any _____ that wants some, I got some for ‘em. ” There were no police or administrators around other than Dr. Stuber. Fortunately, the glare and stare from a number of parents detered them, and
    these “sports” left before starting the fight they were clearly looking for.

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