Former Hampton University and current Florida A&M football coach Joe Taylor is fond of saying that "motion creates emotion." If true, then Grafton High's football team is in for a very emotional afternoon when it hosts defending state champion Briar Woods in the Division 4 state semifinals.
The Falcons (12-1) change looks often, lining quarterback Trace McSorley under center in the I or in the shotgun. Stanford recruit Alex Carter, a receiver, sometimes takes snaps in the wildcat formation.
It's not uncommon for the Falcons to use five-receiver sets and send as many as four players in motion. They'll go with an empty backfield on occasion, but when they choose to run, fullback Cory Colder (1,220 yards, 19 touchdowns), combines speed and power.
McSorley, who started at quarterback as a freshman on the state title team, has thrown for 1,773 yards and 20 touchdowns. The go-to receivers are tall, the most productive being 6-foot-3 Cam Serigne (49 receptions, 665 yards, 10 TDs) and 6-0 Carter (30 receptions).
The Falcons have scored 48 points or more in seven games, but have been held under 30 in their past two games.
The defense, which gave up only 29 points in one nine-game stretch during the season, is perhaps the Falcons' strength. The Falcons often employ a 3-4 and will bring the blitzes early and often, with 6-3, 195-pound middle linebacker Matt Rolin (77 tackles, 13 for loss) leading the charge.
Tickets for Grafton-Briar Woods
Advance tickets for the state semifinal game can be purchased at the Grafton High athletic director's office Friday for $10. Students can purchase tickets from 10 a.m.-noon and others can purchase them from 2-5 p.m.
York golfer shines
Bryan Carter, captain of York High's golf team, won the ages 16-18 division of the George Holliday Memorial junior golf tournament held in Myrtle Beach, S.C., over the weekend. Carter was the only player among about 130 to shoot par or better all three days at par-72 Myrtle Beach National.
He shot 70, 71 and 72 for a 3-under 213 that placed him second overall to Greer, S.C., native Jonathan Hardee, who totaled 210.