Knights face Maynard Jackson in first high school game at new Mercedes Benz Stadium

Sean Sweeney, Author


The Knights football team faced Maynard Jackson in the first-ever high school football game in the new $1.5 billion Mercedes Benz Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 21. The young and rebuilding team fell to 1-6 on the season with a 45-7 loss. Grady is now mathematically eliminated from playoff contention and have two games remaining on the season: Oct. 27 at Riverwood and the Senior Night game on Nov. 3 against Banneker.

The Knights cheer team displays a banner supporting a state championship run, as the championship game will be played in Mercedes-Benz stadium in December.
The team captains meet at midfield for the coin toss and a hand shake.

Sean Sweeney

Grady takes the field at Mercedes-Benz stadium.
Senior Quillian Felton catches a pass in mid-air
Sophomore Zaire Thornton leaps for a pass over a Jaguar’s defender.
Sophomore Aquinas Stillwell rushes to throw the football before being met by a Maynard Jackson defender.
Head coach Earthwind Moreland addresses his team during a second half timeout.
Grady players rejoice after socoing their only touchdown of the afternoon, then moving the score to 21-7.
Senior Andrey Cannon chases a Jaguar defender after the Knights fumbled the ball in the red zone.


Senior Quillian Felton comes up just short of a long completion.
Senior Craig Philpot sets his sights on the goal line.


Disappointed Knights show their respective reactions to the insurmountable scoreline.
Knights coach Earthwind Moreland embraces former Knights assistant coach David Johnson, of Maynard Jackson at midfield after the game, a 45-7 Maynard Jackson victory at Mercedes Benz Stadium. Knights assistant coach Deonta Ivey looks on.