By Jeff Linville
July 27, 2013
Mount Airy will host seven visiting football teams for an evening of 7-on-7 drills Tuesday.
A day before Midnight Madness kicks off the official start of the football season, local schools East Surry, North Surry and Surry Central will travel to Mount Airy along with Davidson Day School, Davie County, Forbush and West Forsyth.
These eight teams will put on four scrimmages at the same time in and around Wallace Shelton Stadium.
Each team will play three scrimmages, starting at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.
In a regular football game, the offense and defense line up 11 players per side. In these drills, the only offensive lineman is the center. The rest are skill players: the quarterback, running backs, tight ends and wide receivers.
In return, the defense drops its tackles and ends and uses only linebackers and defensive backs.
At 5:30 p.m., the Bears will take on Forbush, while North Surry faces Davie County.
East Surry and Surry Central will square off, while Davidson Day has West Forsyth.
Then at 6:30 p.m., the teams switch around.
The Bears and Golden Eagles scrimmage, the Cardinals have the West Forsyth Vikings, the Greyhounds take on the Falcons and Davidson Day is versus Davie County.
The third pairings are Bears vs. Davidson Day, Hounds versus Vikings, Cards versus Falcons and Eagles versus Davie County.
The scrimmages will give local fans a chance to see a Division I prospect up close.
Will Grier, Davidson Day, could one day be an NFL pro. Last November in a playoff game, he threw for a national-record 837 yards and had 10 touchdown passes in a 104-80 win.
His teams have won back-to-back state championships, and in December he committed to the University of Florida.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound quarterback trimmed his choices to five schools before choosing the Gators over North Carolina, N.C. State, Tennessee and Oregon.
Grier completed 324 of 414 pass attempts for 5,785 yards and 69 touchdowns with just six interceptions last year. He also ran for 813 yards and eight touchdowns on 95 carries. He was named the Gatorade player of the year in North Carolina.
ESPN ranks Grier third among the best quarterback prospects in the 2014 class behind Deshaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga.) and Brandon Harris (Bossier City, La.).
Local schools are more unsettled at quarterback. Austin Taylor (Mount Airy), Austin Handy (North Surry) and Colby Chilton (Surry Central) all graduated, leaving East’s Jon Dickenson as the only returning starter.
Junior Logan Holder, son of Coach Kelly Holder, is the heir apparent for the Bears after subbing in for three games when Taylor was injured last season.