The Jay Graves Report

Why the Pike Red Devils has suddenly become the problem that boyz didn’t want to see! “Showtime”

Head Coach Jimmy Graves turnin' the ship around at Pike! Photo: TheJayGravesReport

A few weeks ago I put you boyz on notice with a crazy Hot Joint entitled “Dangerous” that told everybody and their baby’s momma that Pike was about to be somebody’s problem come playoff time! Well playas…it’s playoff time!! The regular season ended last Friday and now boyz are preparin’ for the sectionals that kick off next week for Class 6A.

Pike handled it’s business and finished the season 5-4 and 4-3 in the conference!! Now most cats lookin’ at this foolishness will say, “Well playboy! That ain’t too impressive! They lost 4 ball games total and they’re tied for third place in the M.I.C.”

Well let’s keep it real or all the way 100, whichever comes 1st! Pike didn’t win a freakin’ game in 2016 bruh! They were 0-10 comin’ into a season where they were desperate to win at least ONE game!! When I talked to Coach Graves before the season started he talked about boyz bein’ accountable to one another and thinkn’ above the line. Check out what he had to say back in August about turnin’ the ship around.

A little more than two and a half months later he’s got a team that’s literally the favorite to win the Sectional 5 championship!! That’s NUTS!!! They’re on a three game winnin’ streak and they’re playin’ with so much swag that they may show up with Chinchilla coats on lookin’ like Puff Daddy and Mase in the ’90’s next Friday bruh!

At the beginnin’ of the season they adopted the slogan R.I.S.E. which stands for Relentless Intense Savage Effort. The goal was to RISE above the line. The line they talk about is the line between the top half and the bottom half of the conference. Coach Graves wanted to set some realistic goals for his football team.

He and his staff wanted to finish in the top half of the conference and they finished tied for third place in the M.I.C.. Not only did they do that but they showed up and knocked off the then No.2 team in the state in Lawrence Central. Then turned around and beat at the time No.4 Center Grove on the road!!!

C’mon bruh! This is a team that didn’t win a game last year!!! Now they’ve got horses all over the field. Stop with this foolishness!!

Senior quarterback Jordan Garrett puttin’ in work this season! Photo: TheJayGtavesReport

Senior quarterback Jordan Garrett has developed into a monster down the stretch and there’s not a secondary in the state that wants to see him right now. The dun has thrown for 2,185 yards and 22 touchdowns. He’s got more receivers to throw to than the darn Wu Tang Clan’s got members.

The receivin’ corp is led by Jaylyn Crenshaw who’s got 542 yards receivin’, Keith Allender with 497, Cameron Williams with 397 and Daryl Black Jr. with 339! And that’s just the top four cats!! They’re pullin’ boyz out of the trunk to throw too. Not only is running back Reggie Lipcomb doin’ damage on the ground with 714 yards but he’s catchin’ the joint out of the backfield with another 269 yards.

It’s crazy what a team that didn’t sniff a win last year has done this season. They’re averagin’ 32 points per game and are always a threat to score. They’re the only team on No.1 Ben Davis’ schedule to score 30 plus points against them. They put up 34! Sure, they gave up 69 but who’s countin? It’s Ben Davis bruh!! They’ve got the cheat code on a boy. They’re the best high school football team I’ve ever seen.

So next week the Red Devils line up against a North Central team that they’ve already blown the doors off of a couple of weeks ago 45-28. The hard part for Graves and his staff is to keep these boyz focused to handle their business and not take the Panthers lightly.

Pike’s goal was to finish in the top half of the conference and win the sectional. One down and one to go! They’ve got a real shot at accomplishin’ both because they’ve got North Central next week and then the winner of the Fishers/ Hamilton Southeastern game. All three of those teams are beatable for the Red Devils. The question is, can they stay focused enough to get the job done? I think so and I also believe that they’ve become the problem that I spoke of weeks ago. If they can win their sectional who knows what can happen after that. Stop me when I start lyin’!

Playas Thesaurus: 

1) Dun: noun – the person in question, dude, guy, etc. It’s whoever I’m talkin’ about and its non-gender specific.

The G is excluded from the endings of all words because the G is near and dear to my heart because I’m from “The G” which is Gary, Indiana. So I only use the G when I’m talkin’ about “The G!”

The caption under the photo isn’t real but its real talk!