One of the largest rivalries in North Carolina, the Page High School Pirates look to continue their winning streak over the Grimsley High School Whirlies after handily beating the Whirlies 42-0 in 2017. Both sides of the field bring potential future DI athletes who are committed to big names like Virginia Tech and Old Dominion University, so anticipate a fast paced and intense ball game from both sides.
Chris is an outstanding young man who works extremely hard to be his absolute best for his team and teammates each day. He has demonstrated outstanding character while on the field and has pursued academic excellence as well. Chris has battled different obstacles in his life but has used that adversity to become a stronger better-rounded individual.
Branyon is a 3 year letterman on the varsity football team and was named team captain this year. He is vice-president of the Page student body, a leader of the FCA and Younglife, and a member of the National Honor Society. He has an excellent work ethic and provided strong leadership for his fellow teammates. He is the consummate student-athlete. He plans to attend NC State University and pursue a career in engineering.
HALL OF FAME
Rod Elkins graduated from Grimsley High School where he was a Quarterback for the Whirlies. Mr. Elkins went on to play quarterback at UNC – Chapel Hill from 1979-1982. Grimsley and the Great American Rivalry Series are proud to have Rod Elkins as our 2018 Inductee.
James Summers graduated from Page High School where he was a Quarterback for the Pirates. Mr. Summers went on to play quarterback at East Carolina University from 2014-2016. Page and the Great American Rivalry Series are proud to have James Summers as their 2018 Inductee.
The Grimsley Whirlies did their best to stay with the Page Pirates on Thursday evening, but their effort wasn't enough, as Page eventually finished them off for a 21-7 victory. The Pirates have dominated the rivalry in recent years, and many expected this year to be more of the same, but Grimsley more than held their own against the high-powered offense of the Pirates. The Whirlies' defense played well, but the Pirate defense, led by MVP Alex Angus, stifled the Whirlies all evening, holding them to just seven points on the night. In the end, the score doesn't quite indicate how competitive this game was, with Page taking it 21-7.
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