Kentre Grier isn't ready for the Kennedy Award discussion just yet, but he served notice Friday night that he could be sooner than later.
Even if that's not important, this is: As a freshman, he appears ready to take South Charleston into the playoffs, and perhaps a round or two deep.
Grier led SC to a 70-28 romp over Nitro in the Black Eagles' Oakes Field finale, putting up Geno Smith/Rakeem Cato-like numbers: 14 of 21, 454 yards and seven touchdowns, with nary an interception. He also ran for a touchdown, adding 51 yards on four carries.
Under his direction, the Black Eagles (5-3) put up 692 total yards, and that could have been more ridiculous - they had four long touchdowns plays negated by penalty. SC led 35-14 after one quarter, 49-21 at the half.
This was Grier's third start, and everything seemed to click. He has more than 1,000 yards, 14 touchdowns and no interceptions in four games dating back to Sept. 21.
"I tell you what: The kids have bought in to what he's selling," said SC coach John Messinger. "We came out there in the second half against Capital, and he turned it on from the get-go. They did a good job all the way around - they were a little shaky on defense getting started - but we came around, got the job done and that's all you can ask for."
Whether throwing bombs, slants or inside screens, Grier and his receivers turned in one explosive play after another. His shortest pass was 9 yards, and that was to a downfield penalty flag - he had hit Trevond Reese for a 79-yard TD that was brought back by a holding foul.
Reese got his TDs that counted, from 32, 15 and 17 yards. He had four catches for 72 yards, which was ordinary compared to fellow receiver Kevin Forrest.
Forrest, a 6-foot, 185-pound junior, caught five balls for 238 yards, scoring on plays of 85, 86 and 26 yards. The first long score answered Nitro's early strike and tied the game 1:18 in; the second long score put the Eagles up 49-21, and came two plays after they faced second-and-22 from their own 1-yard line.
This is how devastating the Eagles were on this Friday night: Nitro coach Derek Midkiff said his youthful team played some of its best football of the season, and he wasn't off base.