Davidson (N.C.) Day School planned to unveil new lightweight uniforms as a surprise later this season, but the heat -- and the fact that they were just plain awesome -- apparently twisted head coach Chad Grier's arm into showing his hand early.
University of Florida quarterback commit Will Grier led the Patriots onto the field Saturday in white uniforms complete with stars on the right shoulder and pant leg complemented by stripes on the left side. Gaudy. Patriotic. Amazing.
Click here for the Charlotte Observer's full photo gallery of the uniforms which may very well have been brought into this world when a flock of bald eagles vomited them onto the Davidson Day locker room (that origin tale is unconfirmed). Apparently, the fact Davidson Day wore them a few days before the 12th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 was a coincidence.
"Playing on turf at 4 p.m. this time of year we knew would be hot and the uniforms are very lightweight," Coach Grier told MaxPreps. "Plus we thought they looked awesome and it was going to be hard to leave them in the box until October."
You may recall Chad Grier's son Will as the quarterback who set two national records -- for single-game passing yards (834) and touchdowns (10) -- that the National Federation of State High School Associations refused to recognize last November.
While donning the Stars and Stripes, Grier only threw for 356 yards and six touchdowns while rushing for 194 yards and another score in a 46-20 win over Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day School. Naturally, he was disappointed in his performance.
"We were extremely sloppy at times today with way too many penalties and turnovers," the four-star QB recruit told the Charlotte Observer. "But to not play our best and still come out here and get a big win says a lot about this team."
And so do their uniforms. Today, we are all Patriots.