Prep football: Grier lights up the Oakes Field sky in SC rout
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A young gunslinger closed out South Charleston's Oakes Field with quite a performance as Black Eagles quarterback Kentre Grier threw for seven touchdowns in what may be the final game at the stadium.
SC will look to move its home football games on campus next season, and Grier provided a contest to remember as the freshman completed seven touchdown passes in a 70-28 victory against Nitro on Friday night.
During a night for nostalgia, Grier stole the limelight. It was just Grier's third start after replacing former starter Jon Alexander during the Black Eagles' 20-17 win vs. Capital. Since assuming the quarterback duties, SC has won four straight to move to 5-3.
"He executes our offense exactly the way we want to do it," Black Eagles Coach John Messinger said. "He's got a lot of help around him. He's got a good solid lineup for him. Those kids are really growing, they're really maturing. He's got some skills people out there that can get open and make easy throws for him. He's pretty cool in the pocket."
Grier tossed three touchdowns a piece to both Kevin Forrest and Trevond Reese. Grier also threw a touchdown to Marquel Hampton to finish with seven touchdown passes.
Grier spread the wealth and completed the deep ball, the bubble screen and slants to showcase his talents.
"We got a lot of weapons on offense and we just try to get everybody the ball," Grier said. "The outside corners were playing man the whole game, so our basic game plan was going deep and if they started playing back, we were going to throw under the whole game."
In addition to his passing prowess, Grier ran for a 51-yard touchdown on a designed quarterback keeper.
Though the score might not indicate it, Nitro played tough, especially in the first quarter. In fact, the Wildcats (2-5) struck first on the opening possession of the game.
After a 74-yard pass play from Ethan Clark to Nick Humphrey on a half-back option pass, quarterback Chris Moody scored on a 1-yard run.
The Black Eagles responded on Grier's first touchdown of the game, an 85-yard completion to Forrest. SC claimed the lead on a 31-yard touchdown pass to Reese from Grier.
Nitro tied the game on a 39-yard touchdown completion to Humphrey.
From there, SC continued to roll through the air, but the Nitro offense failed to keep stride.
"We knew coming in that they were older and faster than us, but we didn't want to back down, so we came out and challenged them and let our kids play," Wildcats Coach Derek Midkiff said. "We got toasted a couple times, but I'm proud of the way we competed. We played our best football of the year tonight, but it just happens to be against the best football team we've played all year."
Grier ran 51 yards for a touchdown to give SC a 21-14 advantage. The Black Eagles never surrendered the lead from that point. Ken Haynes added a 56-yard touchdown run and Grier hit Reese for a 15-yard touchdown pass, all in the first quarter.
By halftime, SC held a 49-21 lead. Grier added two more touchdowns through the air in the second half as the Black Eagles prevailed.
Reese, a senior, said it was a great way to cap his career at the team's famed home grounds.
"It feels great," he said. "Oakes, the legacy - we only lost four games here in four years. It feels really great. We came out and played hard. Everybody excelled."
Greer finished with 507 total yards and eight touchdowns. Forrest led all receivers with five catches for 238 yard and three touchdowns. Reese finished with four catches for 72 yards, including three touchdowns.
For Nitro, Moody completed 11-of-30 passes for 205 yard and a touchdown. Wildcats freshman running back Brayden Underwood led all rushers with 181 yards and two touchdowns.
South Charleston will look to extend its winning streak when the Black Eagles next play at Ripley 7:30 p.m. Friday. Nitro next plays host to Winfield 7:30 p.m. Friday.
SOUTH CHARLESTON 70, NITRO 28
First downs 19 20
Total yards 481 693
Rushes-yards 44-202 15-238
Passing 279 455
Comp-Att-Int 11-30-1 14-21-0
Punts-Avg 3-27.0 2-24.0
Fumbles-lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties-yards 13-125 12-115
Nitro 14 7 0 7 -- 28
SC 35 14 14 7 -- 70
N - Chris Moody 1 run (Alex White kick), 11:34
SC - Kevin Forrest 85 pass from Kentre Grier (Jacob Gordon kick), 10:42
SC - Trevond Reese 31 pass from Grier (Gordon kick), 9:39
N - Nick Humphrey 39 pass from Moody (White kick), 5:54
SC - Grier 51 run (Gordon kick), 5:39
SC - Ken Haynes 56 run (Gordon kick), 4:22
SC - Reese 15 pass from Grier (Gordon kick), :02
SC - Reese 17 pass from Grier (Gordon kick), 8:42
N - Brayden Underwood 9 run (White kick), 3:12
SC - Forrest 86 pass from Grier (Gordon kick), 1:43
SC - Marquel Hampton 29 pass from Grier (Gordon kick), 11:01
SC - Forrest 26 pass from Grier (Gordon kick), 4:42
SC - Quashaun Davis 80 run (Gordon kick), 9:23
N - Underwood 1 run (White kick), 1:20
Rushing: N - Underwood 30-181-2, Moody 11-15-1, Turner Virag 1-4, Ethan Clark 2-2; SC - Haynes 6-92-1, Davis 1-80-1, Grier 4-52-1, Raysheed Coleman 2-16, Team 2-(-2).
Passing: N Moody 11-30-1-205, Clark 1-1-0-74; SC - Grier 14-21-0-455
Receiving: N - Clark 6-147, Humphrey 4-128-1, Steve Erlewine 2-4; SC - Forrest 5-238-3, Hampton 3-120-1, Reese 4-72-3, Davis 2-25.