Grimsley 21 – Charlotte’s Myers Park 16

Oh… My… God…

I’m taking a defibrilator to next week’s game and charging big money for the service.  (N&R photo’s here including one from my daughter Josie)

With 13 seconds left in the game, Myers Park was leading the Whirlies by 2 points.  Grimsley Quarterback Josh Stewart took things into his own hands over the right side of the line from about their own forty and somehow got the ball over the goal line.  When that play was over there was only one second left in the game.  A successful off on side kickoff sealed the win.

But.  Oh… My… God… what a game.

Grimsley squeeked by with a defensive line that looked like they were not an 11-0 team for much of the game. But they proved their mettle during Myers Park’s last 4th quarter drive with a pivitol 4th and 2 play.  Myers Park was stopped cold in large part because Grimsley’s coaching staff decided to put senior offensive lineman Matt Douglas (6′ – 350lbs) in to plug up the middle of the line.  He and the rest of the d-line knocked Myers Park back and the ball went to Grimsley.  That stalled Myers Park drive gave Grimsley a little over two minutes to set up Stewart’s heart-stopping, game-winning play.

Overall I’d say that Grimsley underestimated tonight’s opponent and was surprised by the Mustang’s size and talent.  Save for some critical mistakes by their opponenets, the Whirlies would likely have lost tonight’s game.  I hope it was a lesson learned for my son’s team.

During the state playoffs, many times talent will take a back seat to emotion.  Myers Park played with razor sharp focus and Grimsley was a scattered-around mess for much of tonight’s game especially on defense.  But they also exhibited some moments of true genius which I hope they will keep on doing all the way to the televised state championship game in Durham on December 9th.

Next week – the very tough Mathews’ Butler High.   Go Whirlies.

Here’s the pairings bracket. Here’s the N&R’s coverage of tonight’s game.

Here’s what DBS said back in May in response to this question from the N&R, “ …did you share a copy of the investigative report with anyone? If so, why?”  DBS:  “I have stated I had no part in the leak of the report. …I have never been the source of any leak…”

Then a follow up question, “Did you give a copy of the report to the News & Record?”, elicited this response: “The News & Record knows I am not their source of this leak and I would appreciate them saying that. Which still does not give up who is, if that is their worry.”

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5 Comments

  1. Posted November 11, 2006 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    After last night, I’m grateful for a lesson my Dad taught me. Never, NEVER leave a ball game before it’s over. I was stationed at the top of the stands all night and more than a few “fans” were heading for the exits after the blown first and goal.

    David, if you bring the defib machine next week, I’ll make sure to sit nearby.

  2. Posted November 12, 2006 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    A successful offsides kickoff sealed the win.

    Hoggy,

    It is called an onside kick not an offside kick.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onside_kick

  3. Posted November 12, 2006 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    Damn… I knew that Ben. Brainfart.

  4. Ramon Bell
    Posted November 22, 2006 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    I’m a Grimsley (Greensboro Senior High) alumnus.. 1960. That’s the last year, I think, that the Whirlies won a state football title. Bob Jamieson, Jr. was our quarterback. Sonny Odom was a running back that went on to Duke and was drafted by the Detroit Lions. I follow Whirlie football with interest and get to a game occasionally. This and last year were special for all GHS alumni and students.. Two BIG winning seasons in a row… (BEAT PAGE too!) This year was extra special.. 11-0 regular season.. playoffs. beat everyone.. including all their inter-city rivals. GHS had their best season ever.. overall… Yet, last Saturday, when they, along with Dudley and Page, lost in the playoffs.. they are relegated to page 4 (type only) in the sports section of the Greensboro N&R.. And, Dudley, who Grimsly beat during the regular season.. gets page 1 photos and accolades. Don’t get me wrong. All three teams.. (even Page).. ended up with good seasons. But, Grimsley (again) gets “back page press” from the N&R. Why?

  5. VIC CATES
    Posted October 17, 2008 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    Raymond bell states above that Bob Jamieson jr was the quarterback for the 1960 whirlies He graduated in 1959. I was a senior that year and Dennis Saunders was our QB, our backfield Included along with Sonny Odom, David Morgan and Ervin Byrd we also had HS all-american John Hill on our line. He played at Carolina, Dennis played at App. This was probably the most over acheiving team with the Biggest Hearts that ever played at GHS

2 Trackbacks

  1. By The Editor's Log on November 11, 2006 at 1:19 pm

    Nice shot…

    A blogging courtesy to our friends over at Hogg’s Blog. David is Mr. All-Things-Grimsley-Football, but he doesn’t have the best angle on last night’s game. That goes to his daugher, Josie, who took a wonderful photo (the sixth in the……

  2. By The Editor's Log on November 28, 2006 at 9:03 am

    Transparency, disclosure, conflict and judgment…

    My wife and her brothers own property next to the Coliseum. Every so often, the city, the sports council or the coliseum manager make noises about buying it. That makes the news. We have a rule at the paper that……