Grayling Senior Quarterback Justin Nicholas cemented himself as one of the best quarterbacks to ever come out of Grayling and had one of the best single games in state history after his record breaking performance against Benzie Central on Friday, October 13.
In the game Justin threw for 623 yards putting him second all-time on the MHSAA single game record behind Omar Salih from Detroit Cesar Chavez Academy who threw for 674 yards against Mayville in 2013. Justin’s 623 yards also broke the previous school record of 507 yards held by Jimmy Osga.
During the game Justin completed 39 passes on 72 attempts which puts him tied for 3rd place all-time for completions in game, Grayling’s Jimmy Osga is in 1st place with 41 completions set back in 2008. Justin’s 72 passing attempts ranks him second all time for completions in a game behind Grayling’s Jimmy Osga who went 41-74 in a game in 2008.
Justin also threw for 8 touchdowns which broke the previous school record of 6 in a game held by Jimmy Osga (2008) and Zach Wolcott (2009) and put him tied for 2nd place in MHSAA History behind Omar Salih’s 9 touchdowns in 2013. Justin threw 6 of his 8 touchdowns in the second half which also puts him tied for 2nd place in MHSAA History.
Through 8 games in the season Justin has completed 189 passes on 331 attempts for 2,593 yards and has thrown 21 touchdowns to just 7 interceptions. Justin currently ranks in third place for passing yards in a single season in Grayling history and is just 195 yards away from passing Jake Swander (2,787) for 2nd place and 553 yards away from passing Jimmy Osga (3,146). His 21 touchdowns puts him in 4th place in school history behind Zane Tobin (28), Jake Swander (29) and Jimmy Osga (32). His 189 completions and 331 completions also puts him in 4th place in school history behind Zane Tobin (194-365), Jake Swander (205-381) and Jimmy Osga (234-438). To go along with where he ranks in school history, all of these numbers already puts Justin in the MHSAA record books for season statistics and a strong performance the rest the year will keep him moving higher and higher on the lists.