There’s no shortage of entertainment in Warren County on Friday nights.
Just head to Nunley Stadium, grab some popcorn and have a seat. Isaiah Grayson is more than worth the price of admission.
The Pioneer senior has grown into a complete quarterback. Always known for his wheels, Grayson has matured into a passer this season, morphing him into an unstoppable force. While leading Warren County to its first 2-0 start since 2007, Grayson has thrown for 289 yards, rushed for 156 more and combined for 6 TDs.
“We’re really glad Grayson is on our side,” said Pioneer coach Tom Moore.
His praise isn’t isolated to the Warren County sideline either. DeKalb County coach Steve Trapp said Grayson was the difference in the Pioneers’ 26-10 victory over DeKalb County.
Grayson has already had several signature moments in just two games.
His first highlight was an electrifying scramble just before halftime against DeKalb County. Grayson was forced right by Tiger pass rushers before giving ground and reversing course on a dime. Grayson sprinted the width of the field, dodged several Tiger players and slipped in over the pylon.
Making plays before the break carried over Friday night.
Grayson accounted for two touchdowns, one throwing and one rushing, in the span of 50 seconds to put the Pioneers ahead 42-7 at halftime, enacting the mercy rule in the process.
Of the two quick TDs, Grayson scored the first on a keeper. The senior held on the option, found a crease in the heart of the Warrior defense and sprinted untouched 14 yards.
After a muffed kick recovered by the Pioneers, Grayson was able to beat the buzzer by finding Eric Haywood sprinting down the sideline from 28 yards out. Haywood, who caught a pair of TDs Friday, dove over the pylon with 0.8 secs left in the first half.
It proved to be Grayson’s final snap in the game. He credited his receiver for ending on a high note.
“We practice a scramble drill every day. When I scramble, the receivers are supposed to go deep,” said Grayson. “Eric made the read and I found him over the top. He made a great play getting over the pylon.”
Grayson doesn’t just power the Pioneer offense. He’s the punter too. On an early first-quarter play, he booted a punt 40 yards, only to find himself as the man to beat on a long Warrior return.
Predictably, Grayson made the stop.
Pioneer fans have been wishing for years for a quarterback who can single handily take over a game and lead his team to victory.
Fans don’t have to wish anymore. Grayson is here.