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North Carolina QB sets prep mark in 104-80 win

North Carolina QB sets prep mark in 104-80 win

DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) Will Grier is still trying to get his head around throwing for a national record 837 yards passing and 10 touchdowns in his team's 104-80 win in a North Carolina high school state playoff game last Friday night.

The Davidson Day High School junior quarterback, being recruited by several top schools around the country, surpassed the mark of 764 yards passing set by Pacific Palisades (Calif.) QB David Koral set in 2000. Davidson Day High advanced to the N.C. Independent Schools' Division II championship game with the win over Harrells Christian.

Grier says ``it was craziest thing I've ever been a part of. It was ridiculous.''

In the wild game that lasted nearly four hours, the teams combined for 184 points surpassing the existing state mark of 142 set in 1930.

The game ended close to midnight and Grier had no idea he broke any records until the following day.

``My Twitter account just blew up,'' Grier said.

Grier said it seemed like the game might never end, but that the Wildcats felt unstoppable on offense.

They scored on every possession except one.

``My goal is always to win; I'm not a stat guy,'' Grier said. ``I could really care less about records, just as long as we win. Looking back on it though it was like `Oh my goodness.' Our offense was quick and we just had one of those nights where we were on. Our offensive line played their best game and the receivers kept making plays. You have to give credit to them.''

Chad Grier, Will's father and Davidson Day's head coach, is certainly used to some high-scoring games - Will has thrown 64 touchdown passes this season, one shy of a state record -but he said he's never seen anything quite like what happened Friday night.

``I sure didn't come in with a plan for us to score 104 points, and I sure as heck didn't have a plan to give up 80,'' Grier said.

Given the explosive nature of the offenses, the game was always fairly close with Davidson Day never leading by more than 24 points.

The Wildcats felt like they had to keep scoring on every possession to stay comfortably ahead.

``You have to credit the kids at Harrells Christian,'' Chad Grier said. ``They just kept fighting - and kept scoring.''

As a coach and dad, the elder Grier had to find something to critique his son on after the game.

``He did throw one interception so I told him what a dumb throw that was,'' Chad Grier said with a laugh. ``I told him he has to work on his backside throws. You have to find something.''

Grier has scholarship offers from Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Wake Forest and East Carolina, which is his where his father played in college. He's also being recruited by Alabama, Duke, N.C. State and Oregon, among others.

Grier said he hopes to make a decision on where to attend college in the spring.

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New pieces on offense lead to plenty of questions for Redskins at OTAs

New pieces on offense lead to plenty of questions for Redskins at OTAs

Alex Smith in, Kirk Cousins out.

That's certainly the headline, but there are plenty of other questions for the Redskins, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.

For the last two seasons, most of the questions going into OTAs for Washington came from the defensive side of the ball. After consecutive drafts with a first-round defensive lineman selection, the defense should be much improved. 

On offense, however, there are a lot of new parts. 

  1. The headliner - No position in sports is as important as NFL quarterback. This will be Alex Smith's first action in a Redskins uniform with media present. The 34-year-old veteran is coming off the best season of his career, and if he can continue that level of accuracy and play-making, the Redskins could be poised for an explosive year.
  2. The speedster - Washington's wideouts lacked separation in 2017. It was apparent through much of the year, and likely played a roll in some of Kirk Cousins' reluctance to make tough throws. Free agent addition Paul Richardson is supposed to help, immediately. He has elite deep speed and the 'Skins brass hopes he can bring a similar element to the offense that DeSean Jackson provided a few years back. Time to prove it Paul. 
  3. The injuries - There are big reasons for concern, namely two very large men in Jordan Reed and Trent Williams. Reed will not participate in OTAs, and has been dealing with a foot/toe injury for the better part of a year. Williams, who seems highly unlikely to attend OTAs, underwent knee surgery in January. Beyond Smith, Reed and Williams are probably the two most important offensive players on the Redskins. OTAs aren't important, Reed and Williams participating, or even attending, OTAs is not important. Both men being healthy and ready to go in September is quite important. 
  4. The Rookie - Has Derrius Guice become the most popular player on the Redskins? Maybe. The dynamic rookie running back, with an interesting draft weekend slide, has the charisma and ability to be a star. The "off-field concerns" that hurt his draft status seem like myths at this point, but there was some injury concern his junior season at LSU (see video above). Guice has an opportunity to be a huge part of the Redskins offense, and all eyes will be watching the rookie. 
  5. The leap? - In 2017, Josh Doctson showed flashes of the player that warranted a first-round pick in 2016. Will 2018 be the year he proves it, week after week, game after game? Getting off to a good start with Smith should help, and even more important would be an injury-free offseason. 

There are questions for the defense too, particularly at cornerback after Josh Norman, but this year, the offense has more new parts. 

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