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Grimsley Whirlies fall to New Bern Bears in '4A' Championship game

Grimsley Whirlies lost to New Bern Bears in the championship game at Keenan Stadium in Chapel Hill 40 to 28. Finishing the season with a 15-1 record.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Grimsley lost to New Bern 40 to 28 in the '4A' State Championship game, finishing the season with a 15-1 record.

Grimsley’s defense had a difficult time adjusting to the New Bern triple-option attack and the speed of the triple-option made their task much more difficult. The Whirlies defense was led by Keshaun Jones who finished the game with a team-leading 8 tackles on his way to earning Most Outstanding Defensive Player honors for Grimsley.

The Whirlies finished the season 15-1. They were 7-0 in the Metro 4A, winning the league championship and earning the school’s 17th regional championship, just the third since changing the school’s name to Grimsley from Greensboro High. The Whirlies made their second appearance in an NCHSAA State Championship in the past three seasons.

New Bern wrapped up an undefeated season, 16-0 and a perfect 6-0 in the Big Carolina 3A/4A where they won the league championship. The Bears appeared in their first State Championship since 2014, winning the program’s fourth State Championship Game. They earned their eighth regional title in school history

The 2022 football season has been magical for the Grimsley Whirlies. They finished the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record allowing them to host all five rounds in this year's playoff run. 

However, before we get to the game. The Grimsley community came together to do something special for the boys as they prepare to make the hour and three minutes long drive from Grimsley to Keenan Stadium (on the campus of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill). 

So to show their support, the Whirlie community showed up and showed out! Making sure the boys felt loved and supported by the entire city of Greensboro loves. 

"Man this is awesome, we've had great support all year. Our community, our school, our students, and our faculty have been behind us all year and it's awesome for them to be here today", is how Grimsley Head Coach Darryl described today's send-off.

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