By Cliff Mehrtens



DAVIDSON – Davidson Day quarterback Will Grier, a junior who led the nation in passing yards and touchdowns, was named the Gatorade N.C. Football Player of the Year.

Grier led the Patriots (11-2) to the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II state championship. He passed for state-record totals of 5,785 yards and 69 touchdowns, with just six interceptions, completing 324-of-414 passes (78 percent). He also rushed for 813 yards and eight touchdowns on 92 carries.

In three state playoff games, Grier completed 83-of-103 passes for 1,749 yards and 21 touchdowns in addition to rushing for 111 yards and three scores on 18 carries. His 834 yards and 10 touchdowns in a 104-80 victory against Harrells Christian in the state semifinal set national records.

Grier has a 3.7 weighted grade-point average in the classroom. He also volunteers as a youth football and basketball instructor, he has volunteered extensively on behalf of his church and at an area retirement facility.

Grier joins recent Gatorade N.C. Football Players of the Year Keith Marshall (2011-12, Millbrook High), Stephone Anthony (2010-11, Anson High), Christian LeMay (2009-10, Butler), Xavier Nixon (2008-09, Fayettevile Britt) and Braden Hanson (2007-08, Charlotte Latin).

Grier is eligible for the Gatorade national player of the year award, which will be announced in late December.