Grimsley vs East Forysth in battle of unbeatens

East Forsyth's Micah Crowell dances on sideline after he scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery against Grimsley during showdown of unbeaten 4-A teams in Greensboro, NC on Oct. 4, 2019,(H. Scott Hoffmann/News & Record)

East Forsyth 21

Grimsley 20

Site: Jamieson Stadium, Greensboro

Why the Eagles won: East Forsyth blocked a PAT with 2:36 remaining in the fourth quarter after Grimsley scored 20 unanswered points, 13 of which came in the final period.

Why the Whirlies lost: East Forsyth rushed to a 21-0 lead with 11:10 remaining in the second. That proved to be insurmountable.


East Forsyth: DB Javon McAllister, 1 INT, 1 blocked PAT;DB Micah Crowell, 1 INT

Grimsley: RB Quan Nora, 32 carries, 219 yards rushing, 1 TD, 2 receptions, 61 yards.

The big play: Javon Mcallister’s blocked PAT after the Christofer Zellous rushing score was the play that saved the game. On the ensuing kickoff, Grimsley recovered an onside kick at East Forsyth’s 35 but was unable to capitalize on the possession on four downs.

Three things we learned:

1. East Forsyth is a state championship contender yet again. The Eagles haven’t lost a game since 2017, and their confidence in the big moments shined at the end of the game.

2. Grimsley is also a state championship contender. The rebuilt Whirlies went toe-to-toe with the defending Class 4-A state champion and had a chance to send the game to overtime. Coach Darryl Brown’s resurrection of the Grimsley football program is awfully similar to that of Todd Willert’s at East Forsyth.

3. Quan Nora had one rush that went for negative yardage, out of 32 touches on the ground. That comes with the Whirlies’ top offensive lineman, Chris Lyle, out indefinitely with an ankle injury.

What they’re saying:

“We realize we need to play better and make less mistakes. We needed to play a team like (Grimsley). We knew they had a great running back (Nora) and a great offensive line. Those are the kind of things we need to work on, but we got the win.” — Todd Willert, East Forsyth coach.

“I saw that the outside man kept biting down, down, down on me all game, so I made a slight switch onto the slower player and I’m a faster player. He bit down on the slower player, and I made a play.” — East Forsyth DB Javon McAllister, on his game-winning PAT block

“I love our team. We have some guts and a lot of heart. East Forsyth is a great football team and they’re well-coached, but we have one tough team that plays at Grimsley High School and we showed that tonight.” — Darryl Brown, Grimsley coach.

“We need to come back and work hard the next four weeks so we can get this train moving the right way.” — Grimsley RB Quan Nora on his team’s goal of winning the Metro 4-A championship.

Records: East Forsyth 6-0; Grimsley: 6-1

Up next:

East Forsyth: West Forsyth (6-0), Friday.

Grimsley: High Point Central (0-7), Friday.

East Forsyth 14 7 0 0 — 21

Grimsley 0 7 0 13 — 20

EF — Ahmani Marshall 2 run (Andrew Conrad kick), 1st, 10:42

EF — Jamison Warren 13 pass from Ty Lyles (Conrad kick), 1st, 2:21

EF — Micah Crowell 53 fumble return (Conrad kick), 2nd, 11:10

GG — Christofer Zellous 4 run (Jake Henry kick), 2nd, 6:35

GG — Quan Nora 64 run (Henry kick), 4th, 11:43

GG — Zellous 8 run (kick blocked), 4th, 2:36

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