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PREVIEW: Grimsley vs. Page (NC)

September 25, 2012

The Grimsley Whirlies will play host to the Page Pirates this Friday night in Greensboro, North Carolina. Page won last year’s rivalry matchup 49-0 to extend its winning streak to five straight in the series. Page currently holds a 40-11 advantage in wins in the all-time series. This is a pivotal game for both teams as they each look to win the Metro 4-A Conference.

The Grimsley Whirlies will play host to the Page Pirates this Friday night in Greensboro, North Carolina. Page won last year’s rivalry matchup 49-0 to extend its winning streak to five straight in the series. Page currently holds a 40-11 advantage in wins in the all-time series. This is a pivotal game for both teams as they each look to win the Metro 4-A Conference.

The Page Pirates are fresh off of their 15-0 undefeated season under Head Coach Kevin Gillespie. The Pirates won the Class 4-AA state championship and the Metro 4-A Conference championship. The Pirates lost the core of last year’s championship and will look to rebuild going into the 2012 season. Page returns 8 starters from last year, only 2 on the defensive side of the ball. Jordan Putnam will replace James Summers, the News-Record player of the year, at quarterback. Putnam led the JV team to a perfect 20-0 record in his two seasons as starting quarterback. The Pirates will have a couple different players see carries in the backfield as they try to replace Drew Rogers who graduated. A.J. Capel and Jalen Gavin have each scored on the ground so far this season. Capel is a returning defensive back and Gavin is a returning wide receiver for the Pirates. Jalen Gavin, Justin Neal and Tevin Smith combine to form an athletic wide receiver core. Andrew Lamore returns at center to anchor the offensive line. Defensively, cornerback Jonathan Lynch and safety Carter Stanley highlight the Pirate secondary. Page started off the season a surprising 0-4. The Pirates defeated Western Guilford two weekends ago to give the Pirates their first win of the season. Although the Pirates are not pleased with the 1-4 start, the lone win puts them at 1-0 in the Metro 4-A Conference.

The Grimsley Whirlies placed 5th in 2011 in the Metro 4-A Conference on their way to posting a 3-8 overall record. The Whirlies return 37 lettermen from last year’s team, including 18 starters. Jake Simpson will line up under center as quarterback. The backfield will feature Deshawn Jones at running back. Sadeek Watt will some time at running back and at wide receiver, while Scott Johnston may also see some carries in the backfield. Eric Johnson, Deonte Mangum, Grayson Jefferies and Loren Bibler all return on the offensive line. James Eggleston, Jaycoa Silva, Deandre Mangum and Julian Hudnell all return on the defensive line for the Whirlies. Grimsley currently sits at 2-3 on the season and is 1-1 in the Metro 4-A Conference going into this weekend’s game against Page.

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The Page Pirates are fresh off of their 15-0 undefeated season under Head Coach Kevin Gillespie. The Pirates won the Class 4-AA state championship and the Metro 4-A Conference championship. The Pirates lost the core of last year’s championship and will look to rebuild going into the 2012 season. Page returns 8 starters from last year, only 2 on the defensive side of the ball. Jordan Putnam will replace James Summers, the News-Record player of the year, at quarterback. Putnam led the JV team to a perfect 20-0 record in his two seasons as starting quarterback. The Pirates will have a couple different players see carries in the backfield as they try to replace Drew Rogers who graduated. A.J. Capel and Jalen Gavin have each scored on the ground so far this season. Capel is a returning defensive back and Gavin is a returning wide receiver for the Pirates. Jalen Gavin, Justin Neal and Tevin Smith combine to form an athletic wide receiver core. Andrew Lamore returns at center to anchor the offensive line. Defensively, cornerback Jonathan Lynch and safety Carter Stanley highlight the Pirate secondary. Page started off the season a surprising 0-4. The Pirates defeated Western Guilford two weekends ago to give the Pirates their first win of the season. Although the Pirates are not pleased with the 1-4 start, the lone win puts them at 1-0 in the Metro 4-A Conference.

The Grimsley Whirlies placed 5th in 2011 in the Metro 4-A Conference on their way to posting a 3-8 overall record. The Whirlies return 37 lettermen from last year’s team, including 18 starters. Jake Simpson will line up under center as quarterback. The backfield will feature Deshawn Jones at running back. Sadeek Watt will some time at running back and at wide receiver, while Scott Johnston may also see some carries in the backfield. Eric Johnson, Deonte Mangum, Grayson Jefferies and Loren Bibler all return on the offensive line. James Eggleston, Jaycoa Silva, Deandre Mangum and Julian Hudnell all return on the defensive line for the Whirlies. Grimsley currently sits at 2-3 on the season and is 1-1 in the Metro 4-A Conference going into this weekend’s game against Page.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @AmericanRivalry and to follow our Facebook page for info and updates on the Great American Rivalry Series!

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