No. 2 Grayson shuts out Warner Robins 10-0

Grayson coach Mickey Conn said the Warner Robins defense was keyed on Rams RB Ean Pemberton (24, right) for most of the game. (Jason Getz / AJC)

Grayson coach Mickey Conn said the Warner Robins defense was keyed on Rams RB Ean Pemberton (24, right) for most of the game. (Jason Getz / AJC)

Grayson coach Mickey Conn had an autograph request after the Rams defeated Warner Robins 10-0 on Friday.

The baby-faced coach, who prefers a low profile, and the Rams cannot avoid the spotlight these days: The Gwinnett school is ranked No. 2 in Class AAAAA, with the Rams entering several national polls this week.

“Yeah, signing autographs doesn’t happen every day for a high school coach,” Conn said with a laugh.

Grayson’s Seun Olukoju scored the game’s only touchdown on the 34-yard run after a fake handoff to teammate Ean Pemberton, and Austin Clark connected on one of three field goal attempts.

It was not a vintage performance by Grayson (2-0), but it wasn’t needed because of a dominating effort by the defense. Warner Robins (1-1) was limited to only one first down in the opening half, five for the game, and 40 yards total offense.

“It was a defensive struggle,” Warner Robins coach Bryan Way said. “We were inept on offense and we couldn’t get anything going. But some of that had to do with Grayson’s defense.”

“Our offense didn’t execute … we busted assignments, we fumbled the ball, and we didn’t give ourselves a chance. However, I thought our defense played their hearts out.”

Grayson, which knocked off defending state champion Camden County 14-10 in the opener, and Lowndes both appear in several national polls, including the Rams at No. 28 in the ESPN Rise Fab 50.

What does Conn think of national rankings? “Right now, we’re trying to go 1-0 each week. We’re grateful for it, that our program gets that type of recognition.

“When you have a defense that plays that well, then you give yourself a chance to get ranked. When you can play defense well at any level, you’ve got a chance to win. We’ve got a strong defense [this year].”

Grayson, boosted by a strong kicking game that controlled field position, had three prime scoring opportunities in the first half, but only led 3-0 at intermission. Clark booted a 34-yard field goal but missed wide left on attempts from 44 and 37 yards.

The Rams finally got into the end zone when quarterback Patrick Santry faked a handoff to Pemberton and gave it to the speedy Olukoju, who beat the defensive pursuit around the corner. The 5-foot-4 Pemberton finished with 79 yards on 20 carries.

“They had been keying on Pemberton all night,” Conn said. “Seun made a big play and took it the house.

“Warner Robins had a defensive line that was in our backfield the whole night. We couldn’t run at them, and that’s what we like to do. They were really good up front.”

Grayson opens Region 8-AAAAA competion at Dacula next week.

PHOTOS: See Warner Robins-Grayson game pictures here

DISCUSS: Talk about Week 2 high school football here

GRAYSON 10, WARNER ROBINS 0
WR 0 0 0 0 – 0
G 0 3 0 7 – 10
G – Austin Clark 34 FG
G – Seun Olukoju 34 run (Clark kick)

26 comments Add your comment

KWAT

September 4th, 2009
11:32 pm

If a team ever figures out, throw the ball against Grayson you will beat them. Grayson is extremely overated and teams continue to run this stupid Wing T. FYI teams please open up the playbook, Grayson’s secondary is awful!!!!

grayson

September 4th, 2009
11:52 pm

cool KWAT, please take your ignorance somewhere else
every pass they attempted failed…too much pressure on the qb
im sick of it, we finally get the recognition we deserve and were labeled as overrated
who else do we have to beat??

Jrel

September 5th, 2009
12:13 am

South Gwinnett I cant wait. Too many weapons……………..They will be the ones to expose Grayson

TJ

September 5th, 2009
12:13 am

Grayson’s defense is the best in the state. Not sure if offense can keep up in a shootout or if team falls behind. But defense usually bails them out with turnovers.

Wing T is the way to go I think. Lowndes, Grayson, Camden, and many top calber schools are running it. Must be worth while if these teams stay listed as top teams in GA.

[...] Robins vs. Grayson – GAME STORY | PHOTOS Brookwood vs. North Gwinnett – GAME STORY | PHOTOS Lakeside-DeKalb vs. Tucker – GAME STORY [...]

KWAT

September 5th, 2009
12:42 am

Grayson…… Win a state championship and then you will get all the recognition you deserve!!! Until then nothing you do will matter!!! I played high school football for a real powerhouse Saint Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale and played at the highest level of college football!! No ignorance over here, I know the game and I know talent! Grayson is overated!

vincent

September 5th, 2009
1:01 am

Warner Robins…tough defense or Grayson’s offense overrated

Brock

September 5th, 2009
8:55 am

Great defensive show..But the offense needs to pick up their blocks better..Let the QB pass more..That kid is pretty accurate..More accurate if they drop back to pass instead of bootleg all the time..Throw some quick slants in there..That will keep opponents on their toes.

Keep up the great job Rams!!

PMC

September 5th, 2009
9:40 am

Pemberton is a great back even if he is 5′4″. I think we should stop reporting how tall he is. If he were 5′9″ he’d have 50 offers by now.

TJ

September 5th, 2009
11:50 am

KWAT, so what. Like we are suppose to be impressed with your playing days. I look at stats, numbers do not lie. The stats on Grayson’s defense, top notch after playing Camden and Warner Robins. But same can be said about Grayson’s stats on offense which is at this point suspect and average.

I just saw Lowndes play on film, they are the best team in the state, right now. Firing on all cylinders on both sides of the ball. Special teams too! If anyone wants to contend with them every team in the state has to get a lot better.

SportsFan31313

September 5th, 2009
12:27 pm

Well everybody, As I Predicted, Lowndes County Beats Peachtree Ridge convincingly. Lowndes County Football Team this year is like Camden County last year. This is a mammonth of a team. The defense is very fast, and very physical. I can’t see any team beating this Lowndes County Team this year. This Lowndes Team will definitely win the Class AAAAA State Title keeping the championship again this year in South Georgia.

Micheal

September 5th, 2009
5:44 pm

South Gwinnett will beat Grayson i mean they have scored 98 points in two games and grayson only 24, South’s way to good on offence and there recievers are loaded South upsets Grayson

Micheal

September 5th, 2009
6:58 pm

I agree with KWAT. Grayson secondary is awful, South Gwinnett recievers will tare them apart with Vanderbilt commit Jonothan Krouse and Andre Pierce oh and dont forget the 6 foot 7 Power Chad Ross, Grayson your train stops here.

rabbit

September 5th, 2009
8:35 pm

AJC, Why is this your lead story? Why not the routing of Peachtree Ridge by LOWNDES?

TrojanDude

September 6th, 2009
9:33 am

**rabbit**

Simple economics. They sell papers up there. You can’t even buy an AJC around my part of South Georgia. It don’t mean nothin’.

ken

September 6th, 2009
10:43 am

K-WAT sounds like a T-WAT. Watch the games and shhhhhhhh. On any given nite, even you will go down.

Micheal

September 6th, 2009
1:20 pm

woo Ken cool it, I deffinetly watch the games im looking forward to week 4 when Grayson finally gets what they deserve a beat down

Michael

September 6th, 2009
10:33 pm

Let’s see Grayson beat two good teams and South Gwinnett beat two poor teams. Although it will probably be a good game, I do not think South Gwinnett gets pass Grayson with their superior defensive pass rush and run defense. Of course, not to mention Grayson’s #24 on offense.

Now, I was surprised how well Warner Robins defense played against Grayson’s offense. I do not think Grayson will win state this year based on what I saw in the Warner Robins game. Warner Robins is an average team in region 1 and Grayson had problems beating them.

grayram

September 8th, 2009
10:44 am

Greg Reid looked great against Miami last night.
I wish He had gone to UGA.

DASOUTH

September 8th, 2009
11:04 am

warner robins should be ranked..there defense is STOUT!!!!

nomo

September 9th, 2009
3:33 pm

Michael….”South Gwinnett will beat Grayson i mean they have scored 98 points in two games and grayson only 24, South’s way to good on offence and there recievers are loaded South upsets Grayson”

If I remember correctly, last year Lowndes put up 62 points in a PLAYOFF game before only scoring only 7 against the Rams. Your logic is not credible.

big guy

September 10th, 2009
10:12 am

grayson is the best team in GA…grayson will beat anybody thet play this year and they will win state…

Micheal 18

September 10th, 2009
7:17 pm

I agree with nomo, Micheal how can u say South Gwinnett played two poor teams, South Forsyth is average and Norcross isnt a team that just lets u scoe 49 points on them ok u played camden yea good job but waner robins come on this isnt the Power House Northside Warner Robins dont get to ahead of yourself, we will see how Grayson plays against Dacula that will determine if your offence is really not good, because no matter how good ur D is eventually South Gwinnett high power offence will score

Micheal 18

September 11th, 2009
5:55 pm

I think Big Guy is on Crack

mattfilla

July 13th, 2010
2:43 pm

flowwwwdaaaa dont let maxpreps brain wash you with your real powerhouse bs ,i can name alot of teams in ga staring in AAA that could take care of st thomas aquinas, somes teams would destroy them in the trench battles you hear bout the same dmn fl,tx,ca,oh teams every year to me take all the good teams from them states then make a tally with all the good ga teams ya ask bookert @ hoover ga can play with Any one Any place

mattfilla

July 13th, 2010
2:54 pm

kwat im sure you just know every thing bout football say what you like people to hear so you think st thomas aq. could embarrase grayson,them st thomas boys would be suprised i think grayson would win by the men up front ,lowndes would throw s t aqns on the ground