ST. ALBANS -- It wasn't the beginning that South Charleston freshman quarterback Kentre Grier envisioned in his first start, but he was more than pleased with the end result - a 35-14 Black Eagles win.
A first-half fumble by Grier helped St. Albans take a surprising 14-7 lead, but fortunately for SC (3-3), Grier wasn't fazed by the mistake.
He responded with a 15-yard touchdown to even the score, and SC never looked back.
"I was kind of nervous coming into the game, but after the first couple of drives, I got settled in pretty good," Grier said. "We started moving the ball and I got more confident as the game went on."
His numbers support his claim.
Grier started the game by going 7 of 13 but completed nine straight passes after that before misfiring on his last two attempts. Grier finished 16 of 24 with 204 yards and a touchdown along with 86 rushing yards and two TDs.
After connecting with Marquel Hampton for a 17-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter, Grier watched St. Albans respond with its own nine-play, 70-yard drive capped by a Drew Kirby 1-yard touchdown run to give the Red Dragons a 8-7 lead. On SC's first play from scrimmage, Grier fumbled the ball as he was running and it was recovered by St. Albans' Kevin Cantley.
Seven plays later, St. Albans (0-6) took a 14-7 lead on a Michael Cain 1-yard run.
"This was a good win, but it wasn't pretty at all," Grier said. "We expected to beat them even though they are a pretty good team. We played a good game after we went down but coach [John Messinger] is probably going to yell at us when we get in the locker room."
Messinger wasn't too surprised by his team's slow start.
"This [slow start] is just what I envisioned would happen," Messinger said. "We had one of the biggest wins that we had in a long time last week. We came out a little flat after that win. We were also beat up mentally. We lost A.D. [Cunningham] and that hurts. But, the kids came out and played a good second half of football."