University of Georgia quarterback commit Brock Vandagriff completed 17 of his 25 passes for 234 yards and four touchdowns and added 107 yards and two more scores on 10 rush attempts in a 42-7 victory over the Calvary Day Cavaliers in the season opener last Friday night.
Vandagriff looked like the real deal. He’s not ranked the second-best high school quarterback in the nation by 247 Sports for nothing. However, Vandagriff is not on both sides of the field, and the Prince Avenue Wolverine defense looked equally impressive.
The Wolverines’ defense snagged three interceptions all at opportune moments.
Immediately after a fumble on the Wolverines third offensive play, sophomore safety Josh Britt returned the ball to the offense with an interception. Vandagriff drilled a 28-yard pass to his top senior receiver Logan Johnson on the next play for the first score of the night.
Calvary Day made their first trip to the redzone late in the third quarter. The Cavaliers successfully converted a 4th down earlier in the drive and believed they could do it from 4th and long in the redzone. Senior cornerback Chas Scoggins knew the offense would try for a big play and his awareness allowed him to intercept a pass in the middle of the end zone.
Senior linebacker and captain Davis Ridings made the final interception in the fourth quarter. He managed to gain about 40 yards and put the Wolverine offense on the goal line. Vandagriff then found junior wide receiver Will Elrod in the right corner of the endzone for a five-yard score.
The Wolverines had their own turnover problems in the form of two fumbles. Due to unique situations this year, practices were modified, and the high school football season was postponed for two weeks, players haven’t seen as much contact as they would normally have by now.
“Two extra weeks. You’d like to think we’re in better shape, but we weren’t. We had a couple of kids cramping and that’s a little disappointing. When you haven’t been hit, you’re going to have a fumble or two. We’ve got to work on securing the ball, but overall the kids did great, I’m super proud of them.” PACS head coach Greg Vandagriff said.
Brock Vandagriff nearly lost a fumble on a high snap in the third quarter, but he recovered it and displayed his speed for a 20-yard gain on the ground.
The Wolverines’ defense swarmed and often had more than one defender make the tackle. The defense prevented the Cavaliers from scoring until late in the 4th quarter.
“Shutouts are a nice part of [winning] ball games, but it’s not the main thing,” coach Vandagriff said about the defense. “It’s more important to get other kids on the field and let them get learning experience so we can create depth. We preach gang tackling. We’re sort of undersized, so we need a lot of guys to get there.”
The Wolverines will travel to Rabun County next Friday night to face the Wildcats. The matchup between Brock Vandagirff and 2022 five-star quarterback and University of South Carolina commit Gunner Stockton will be broadcasted nationally on ESPNU.