Florida quarterback commit Will Grier won his third consecutive state championship Friday as Davidson (N.C.) Day defeated Harrells Christian Academy 69-28 in the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II final.
Grier threw for a season-high 599 yards and seven touchdowns on 32-of-42 passing and also ran for 57 yards and a score on seven carries.
Grier finished his senior season with 4,989 passing yards (completion percentage of 70), 1,251 rushing yards (average of 11 yards per carry), 90 total touchdowns (77 passing, 13 rushing) and 12 turnovers (11 interceptions, one fumble lost).
He threw for 796 fewer yards than his record-setting junior year (5,785) but set single-season highs this fall in rushing yards and touchdowns.
His career stats are 14,565 passing yards, 2,955 rushing yards and 226 total touchdowns in three years of varsity play, all of which ended with a state title.
“It’s what I’ve wanted,” Grier told the Charlotte Observer after Friday’s win. “It means all the hard work I’ve put into this has paid off. It’s hard to beat this feeling.
“It’s also a little bittersweet, but at the same time, I’m ready to get down to Florida and enter the next chapter of my life.”
Grier will attend next weekend’s game against Florida State, officially visit for Florida’s football banquet in December and enroll early at UF following the Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 4.