Grayson 35, Miami-Central 3

Grayson won a showdown between teams ranked No. 1 by national polls on Friday.

Grayson, Georgia’s 2011 Class AAAAA champion, was ranked No. 1 by ESPN, while Miami Central was ranked as USA Today’s No. 1 team.

Grayson got two short touchdown runs from Robert Nkemdiche and longer scoring plays from Wayne Gallman and Jordan Germany in a dominating performance.

Grayson amassed 355 total offense to Miami Central’s 22. Miami had two running backs committed to FBS (formerly called Division I-A) schools but was held to 17 yards rushing and 3-of-12 passing. It was 21-3 at halftime.

David McTier 38-yard pass to Gallman set up Nkemdiche’s first touchdown, a 3-yard TD run, for a 7-0 lead with 5:58 left in the first quarter.

Early in the second, McTier hit Gallman on a 54-yard pass on third down for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead.

Grayson made it 21-3 on Nkemdiche’s 2-yard run with 14 seconds left in the half after a 76-yard, 15-play drive. Brandon Lewis’ 26-yard run and an interference call on Central Miami sustained the drive.

Germany’s 66-yard touchdown run with 9:23 left in the third made it 28-3, and David Fennell’s 2-yard run put Grayson up 35-3 with 1:40 left. Germany was Grayson’s leading rusher with 88 yards.

Central got its points on a 51-yard field goal by Emilio Nadelman.

Eric Bruce

106 comments Add your comment

GHS#22

August 31st, 2012
10:56 pm

Just like I’ve been saying for years………..
The Grayson Program is what everyone is missing. JV, Freshman, and the youth programs have all been going undefeated or one loss season for YEARS……And they all run the same offence. Grayson is a machine!!!!

gwinnettisgreat

August 31st, 2012
11:09 pm

Same thing that great Parkview team would have done to De la Salle if they’d had the chance.

tigonian02

August 31st, 2012
11:20 pm

Wow, that Miami Central team must’ve been a good bit overrated

reggaeman

August 31st, 2012
11:21 pm

Grayson will fall of the map after this year, just like Parkview

GHS#22

August 31st, 2012
11:33 pm

@Reggmanyou
mean just like Valdosta, Lowndes, NR……………..

JV and the Freshman teams are just as good

Fred

August 31st, 2012
11:45 pm

I don’t think we left any doubt!

PJ Dawg

August 31st, 2012
11:56 pm

They won’t even make the playoffs…it’s a joke of a program that sends everyone to Clemson and should be investigated by the NCAA.

GHS#22

August 31st, 2012
11:59 pm

@ PJDawg………..LOL…………are you kidding?

I think AJC blog’s being punked……………

bksmith14

September 1st, 2012
12:00 am

Lowndes is much better than they were last year……50-11 after 3 qtrs varsity vs varsity….was impressed with luella ……they had 4 or 5 d -1 recruits…..and they had some athletes……but lowndes …i wont say it yet……but we are close to being back to what we are used to seeing here in lowndes county……..5 great backs………very good line…..and coach mac taking back over the play calling just as he did when we won the titles…..if varsity had stayed in we wscore 64…

colquitt ..they barely squeeked by thomas county central…a team they beat 44-14 last year…tonight 35-33

GwinnettDad

September 1st, 2012
12:01 am

@Fred – snuck over there with my Brookwood chair, but wore a green shirt (a button down, the only green I own). Thought the atmosphere would have been like Brookwood last year, but it fell far short of that spirit wise. Was actually never much of a contest. Congratulations on a solid victory.

GHS#22

September 1st, 2012
12:05 am

i too thought the atmosphere was a little flat tonight………Brookwood Grayson game last year was much better…….

NGHS 09

September 1st, 2012
12:07 am

Grayson just raised the bar. I can’t even find a blowout win like this, between the two top ranked schools in the nation, anywhere on the internet. Everyone can stop wishing that Grayson won’t repeat. Camden won’t beat the Grayson team that showed up tonight…Can anyone?

Vhs56

September 1st, 2012
12:24 am

@ghs Valdosta really didn’t fall off but after running the 70s 80s and 90s and lowndes taking over in early 2000s all that in one small city really running something for 4 decades lol I guess Valdosta and lowndes can let a few other atleast temp get a nation champs not nocking Grayson they are a great team but Valdosta has 6 nations champs so I guess slipping is the term not falling off

Bobo is Not the Problem

September 1st, 2012
12:25 am

Just watched the first 4-5 minutes on replay. Wow, were the refs in the bag for Grayson or what? Nkidemiche fumbled TWICE on the opening drive, not even a close call at all, and both times the refs ruled the play over before the fumble. The second one was ruled a TD though the ball popped out and landed at the 3 yard line. Good think Grayson dominated the rest of the game, or the officiating would have been seriously in doubt in this one. At least based on the first few minutes.

Bobo is Not the Problem

September 1st, 2012
12:28 am

They just showed a better replay of the second fumble, the TD, and it looked like a good call, though VERY close. The first fumble was a no-doubter, though, and would have erased the TD.

Grayson Fanatic

September 1st, 2012
12:28 am

I have said it before and I will say it again. SOMEONE PLEASE TEACH ROBERT NKEMDICH WHATEVER HOW TO RECEIVE A HANDOFF AND CARRY THE BALL PROPERLY!!!!

He is hurting the offense more then helping.

Go RAMS!!!

I dropped my fried twinkie

September 1st, 2012
12:28 am

The REFs sucked Robert Nk fumbled Twice but kept the ball.

I dropped my fried twinkie

September 1st, 2012
12:30 am

The refs suck. R Nk fumbled twice and the refs go it WRONG both times. What a JOKE.

I dropped my fried twinkie

September 1st, 2012
12:34 am

The REFS killed Miami’s game…………………….Miami should PROTESTS…………………Looks Like the SEC refs are calling a game on an away game.

Willie B ain’t all that for sure.

camdenfan2013

September 1st, 2012
12:51 am

Congrats Rams. A win is a win and you are keeping GA in the National Spotlight. Your defense is smothering. I am not saying anybody is better than anybody else, let it all be settled on the field. I hope we meet up eventually. That would be the game of the year.

Louisianafan

September 1st, 2012
1:39 am

Grayson (GA) vs John Curtis (LA) would be a great game. Two great programs and two top national teams! I believe Curtis is listed as high as #6 in some polls.

wildhawg2012

September 1st, 2012
1:53 am

Congrats Grayson,I didn’t see the game but i know who won and u guys represented GA well.

whatever

September 1st, 2012
4:17 am

the refs killed the game?? lmao or maybe it was because the other team only gained a total of 22 yards. Grayson was dominant on both sides of the ball (especially the defensive side) and anyone who watched the game knows that those fumbles wouldn’t have done anything to change the outcome of the game. Central was just outmatched, plain and simple.

buzzbear

September 1st, 2012
5:54 am

The coach from M/C was quoted in the paper and said that they would just give the ball to their star “stud running backs” wow 25 yards total offense. maybe he should rethink his game plan before his game next week. You know BT Washington has to be licking their chops to get after M/C next week.

Wildcat tradition

September 1st, 2012
7:10 am

Grayson doing it like VD back in the day: farm system with everyone coming up learning same play book. Hope VD or Lowndes will get back to days of glory.

RamProud

September 1st, 2012
7:12 am

Grayson dominated the entire game. Positives this season: A solid QB that will be a big play threat, and a kicking game that we have lacked in past seasons. Negatives: Way to many fumbles. Guys have got to hold on to the ball or it will be one of those turnovers that will cost us a game.

topper

September 1st, 2012
8:27 am

Look folks bad refs or not Grayson is for real! That defense is lights out and going to be real tough to beat. Congrats Grayson on a fantastic showing of how football is played in Georgia! Now having said that go Camden. lol

GHS#22

September 1st, 2012
8:48 am

I was at the game last and I have to admitt. From most peoples vantage point we didn’t see a the fumbles. So this is news to me. Roberts fumble (or so called fumble) in the endzone looked as if he crossed the plain already, which would be a TD even if he did fumble right after.

Well, if was a bad call, then it was a bad call. Not sure it would have gain them more passing yards, rushing yards, or anything else to help them win that game…………

GHS#22

September 1st, 2012
8:59 am

IT’s plain and simple…………….GRAYSON has the best defense in the country and has for years!!!!

If a team can hold every team it has played during a season to under an average of 50 yards rushing a game, should have been noticed 5 years ago. Tjones and both the Miami backs are no match for Grayson Defense. History has shown this!!

topper

September 1st, 2012
9:07 am

GHS#22- What I saw out of Grayson defense last night was one of the most impressive performances you are ever going to see. I just can’t wait to see how the rest of this season plays out for everybody , their are some really good teams in Ga this season.

Just Rammin

September 1st, 2012
10:44 am

Where’s the love for for Jordan Germany. He my friends is a football player.

blowfish

September 1st, 2012
11:02 am

To all the Ram haters:

Rams will not fall off the face of the earth after this year although the current crop of 11 graders will not see the field much this year – they did win Gwinnett JV champ last year w/ a 9-0 record and the youth feeder program continues to excel n the GFL (Gwinnett Football League (thanks for the feeder idea Valdosta) – no county in the US prepares kids for 7AAAAAA and 8AAAAAA like the GFL (look out for Mill Creek in the coming years – they dominate the youth program in the GFL). Several of the Grayson Coaching Staff, including Conn serve as ASSISTANT coaches on some of the youth teams, and the show up on Saturdays and encourage kids from 1st grade to 8th grade. I directed the Grayson youth program while the current crop of 10, 11 and 12th graders and last year’s seniors were younger. What is happening in Grayson right now is no accident, it was designed from the ground up.

Grayson’s coaching staff is the best in the Country – bar none. Look on the sidelines every Friday night and you will see the same thing – kids being coached and schooled on the sidelines while the opposing coaching staff is watching the game from the sidelines. They scheme, prepare, adjust encourage like no other staff. They are simply the best.

Grayson does not recruit. Most of the current 10, 11, and 12th graders grew up playing their ball as Rams at Bay Creek Park. However, I’m sure that if a parent is moving into Gwinnett county from…wherever, and they have a baller, they well explore Grayson.

The refs….come on, get over it. The game was called fairly and objectively. I thought Robert fumbled as well (looked like it from the stands), but the replay on the news clearly showed him in the end zone.

Bottom line – the Rams will be here awhile. The only team I’ve seen this early in the season that can compete is Camdon…maybe Brookwood because of the nature of the rivalry. Future Rams may not be able to repeat what I THINK this team can do, but they will continue on with a strong Ram’s legacy.

GHS#22

September 1st, 2012
11:58 am

Wow………………@blowfish
just came back from a 6 yr old grayson game where Coach Conn was a coach. From what saw his present is the same, his leadership was apparent.

Grayson will be around for awhile.

ak

September 1st, 2012
12:10 pm

i was at the game nkemdiche fumbled twice in the opening drive. it was a joke, watched the replay last night both were clear fumbles inside the 10 yard line. central is horribly coached thats all you can say about them. GHS 22 WITH ALL YOUR YAP ABOUT THAT DEFENSE YOU DONT REMEMBER GIVING UP 165 YARDS TO MCEACHERN LAST WEEK??

Graysonite

September 1st, 2012
12:23 pm

My daughter is a youth Ram Cheerleader. Rams are on point with feeder program……….I met the current youth director………….he sees the big picture. Think he has been there since Grayson started and has been feeding the Texas way as he coached or played there, that director is fanatic about building a dynasty. The program is solid from 1st to 12th grade. Might not win all games in youth but when they hit 8th grade……..watchout. I saw a 8th grade games this and last year……….if varsity have a off year next season it wont take long for them to great when these 8th graders hit varsity.

RAM NATION

September 1st, 2012
1:52 pm

@ak…… Robert did fumble twice. However the second one was a legit touchdown.. you do realize the ball simply has to enter the plane and it clearly did if you watch the replays. And whoever wrote Grayson will fall off the map after this year obviously knows nothing about Grayson football. All three levels, freshman, JV and Varsity won their respective champoinships. We have a great coaching staff and great kids. GO RAMS!

WillB

September 1st, 2012
1:59 pm

There must be a lot of Grayson HATERS out there… I keep reading folks complaining about the fumble call… What if we remove the TD scored during that drive and give Miami a TD…. The score would still be 28-10… Miami Central was out coached and out played on the field…. The refs didnt prevent Miami from crossing the endzone…. Grayson Defense did Grayson deserves the praise they’ are receiving until someone can knock them off the pedestal. This team takes it Game by Game on Friday nights then they come out in packs to support the Feeder system on Saturdays… Gwinnett football taking over….

GHS#22

September 1st, 2012
2:31 pm

@ramnation @WillB…………..
good points…….And i don’t understand why anyone would hate on Grayson. Never been a pre madonnas, classy bunch of kids, and they just go out and play, and win.

if anything hate on a few Fans

GHS 13

September 1st, 2012
3:51 pm

It’s funny how we never just win… It’s always the ref’s fault or something like that lol

Gwinnett is Great

September 1st, 2012
4:05 pm

GHS 13 is right. Grayson NEVER wins the game. Beat the hell out of walton in state and its discounted because of a call that was correct anyways in the colquitt game. Beat the hell out of miami central and a fumble early in the game has the refs questioned. we could have played with the refs being parents of miami central players and they wouldnt have stayed on the field with us last night. But now comes the stretch of the schedule where everybody stops talking about us, handle business in region up until brookwood and see what happens from there. For now, I think the national polls will take notice

GHS#22

September 1st, 2012
5:27 pm

GHS 13………….excellent point! Guess telling the world that Grayson hasn’t lost a regular season home game since 06, only means the ref are doing their job!!!

Grayson Fan

September 1st, 2012
6:11 pm

Player of the game for Grayson = David McTier !! He hit the receivers in the numbers EVERY TIME!!!! 4 of 7 for 120 Yards… 2 of the incompletions were drops by receivers (and one would have been a Touchdown !) Great Game McTier !!

grayram

September 1st, 2012
6:27 pm

Grayson Fan: i would add that on defense Motley (not sure of spelling) was players of the game.

ak

September 1st, 2012
7:35 pm

you graysoneers are funny! do you guys really think this talent level will be the same for years? no way!! the defense could easily beat the piss out of ga state. theyd give georgia much more of a game than buffalo. banda motley barnes and #1 is one heckuva front, you got kamara shutting down one side of the field then guys like gallman and germany in the middle. not to mention my personal favorite ryan carter in the back. you guys better enjoy this ride because it wont be like this forever and thats a fact. i dont care how good your feeder program is. the talent level will fall off…….somebody better get nkemdiche hydrated or in shape. maybe just wanna leave him on one side of the ball, in both games hes looked slow and tired after the 1st quarter.

Zone3canE

September 1st, 2012
7:53 pm

Congrats to Grayson, although I still can’t stang the WING-T offense. You can win running it because it’s very simple, easy to coach and learn. My biggest problems with it are the CUT BLOCKING techniques that are taught to kids, lack of passing game and the fact that it doesn’t prepare kids for college football which they all hope to play. Great win for the Grayson Rams

Zone3canE

September 1st, 2012
7:55 pm

spell check: can’t STAND THE WING-T

Camden74

September 1st, 2012
8:23 pm

Zone3canE……..The Wing T can be easily adapted to the pass, it’s been done many times before. We must be watching a different game because I really don’t see a lot of cut blocking when running the Wing T, at least no more than other offenses. :-)

Camden74

September 1st, 2012
8:35 pm

Congratulations to the Grayson Rams and their fans. I must say this, the Miami Central team that I saw last night was NOT, I repeat NOT the team I’ve seen the past two years. IMO, their ranking was based on the past two years when they had very good QBs. None the less, Grayson did exactly what they were supposed to, win big!

Fred

September 1st, 2012
8:46 pm

I was there screaming my head off. Everyone around me looked at each other at the first Robert fumble but we couldn’t really tell. The second one, we thought he broke the plane of the goal. No one has said anything about MC’s pass reception fumble. All of us were amazed that was called a fumble! Now after saying that, if the refs were for Grayson they did a pretty poor job calling all the open field holding we say MC do on our defensive secondary! I would say the calls probably evened out.

The thing that really surprised me was the athleticism of MC vs Grayson. All I had heard for months was that MC had the best athletes and would run away from our secondary all night. We got beat a couple of times but I thought we did real well covering them. I was amazed that we ran them down on those pass and run plays/kick returns! and what about Germany running away form them for the touchdown! The diving tackle attempt made him stumble but he kept right on motoring along.

We’ve got 13 more 1 game seasons to the end. As long as we keep taking it that way, we should be okay.

Fred

September 1st, 2012
8:50 pm

@ak – we have been very very lucky with the player personnel we have been blessed with over the past 5 years. Note I said 5 years. That means the current players were not even in high school when the run started. Some of our so called “best” teams were from 2 or 3 years ago but we still keep putting quality players on the field. I know it could all end tomorrow but as long as we have a good program, we will attract the younger players into the program starting in GFL. Who is your team? It might help us understand your perspective.