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High-school QB throws for record 837 yards

(LAKE NORMAN CITIZEN) — The scoreboard, by the end of Friday night’s game between Davidson Day and Harrells Christian, did not tell the full story.

There just wasn’t enough room.

The N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association’s Division II semifinal showdown between the dynamic yet contrasting offenses of Davidson Day and Harrells defied non-PlayStation football logic and provided defensive coaches with lengthy to-shore-up lists.

The teams combined for 184 points, 59 first downs and 1,590 yards of offense as Davidson Day pulled out a 104-80 victory to advance to next week’s state final against Christ School.

Davidson Day quarterback Will Grier, a highly regarded junior being recruited by Florida, Tennessee, Oregon and North Carolina, among others, completed 34-of-41 passed for a national record 774 yards and a state record 11 touchdowns. He also ran for two scores.

The game, held at Hopewell High because Davidson Day does not have a home field, lasted three hours and 40 minutes, longer than most college and NFL games with commercial breaks. Davidson led 54-36 — at the half.

“We knew it’d be high scoring, but we didn’t expect this,” said Grier. “The scoreboard doesn’t have three digits for a reason. This doesn’t happen very often.”