Stockbridge 17, Griffin 14

Griffin – The Griffin Bears had never lost to a school from Henry County, until Friday night, when Stockbridge finally broke through.

Andrus Guillen’s 27-yard field goal as time expired gave Stockbridge a 17-14 win in a shocker against Griffin, ranked No. 2 in Class AAAA. The Bears entered the game 28-0 all-time against schools from Henry.

“They don’t give you a ring for that,” said Stockbridge coach Kevin Whitley. “The Henry County thing is not a deal for us. We’re just worried about Stockbridge.”

After this win, everybody else in 4-AAAA will be worried about the Tigers too.

Quarterback Trent Earl rushed for 117 yards and passed for 155 for the Tigers (4-1), who won their fourth straight game since a season-opening loss to M.L. King. Stockbridge compiled 406 total yards to Griffin’s 273, but missed two earlier field goal tries and finished the first half on the Griffin 1-yard line.

“I’m always thinking our offensive line is going to get us through this,” said Earl, who broke free for a 54-yard run on the winning drive. “When they came down and tied the game, I knew we still had a chance.”

Griffin, which had scored 163 points in its first four games, never broke a big play. Over the first three quarters, the Bears’ longest offensive play was 15 yards.

“Our whole focus was just limiting the big plays,” Whitley said. “This is a huge win for us, but if we don’t use this and get better, it doesn’t mean anything.”

Stockbridge had truggled to score points in three of its first four games. Whatever their previous woes were, they solved them against Griffin. On the first play from scrimmage, Earl found Maetron Thomas over the middle, and Thomas made two moves to make Griffin defenders miss before sprinting the rest of the 65 yards to a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

The Tigers moved to the Griffin 10 on their second possession before stalling, and Guillen’s 29-yard field goal was wide left.

Stockbridge sacked Parks on the ensuing series and forced a Griffin punt, which Javon Brandon returned to the Bears’ 26-yard line, and two plays later, Malik Bryan burst through the middle for a 25-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead.

Griffin responded with a 13-play, 76-yard drive, scoring on Malik Miller’s 2-yard run, but Alexis Rivera’s extra point was wide.

Griffin drove 41 yards to the tying score, getting a 1-yard run from Miller with 3:30 left and a two-point conversion pass from Anforne Stroud to Darquavious Mangham.

7 comments Add your comment


September 28th, 2012
11:06 pm

OUCH…what a stinging defeat…but you know what??? Stockbridge deserves this win and they earned it it every way. Congrats to those Stockbridge Tigers… they beat us fair and square, something not a lot of teams can say because Griffin is a winner year in and year out. The Tigers are a well coached and disciplined team, and are fun to watch. I wish them well going forward and think we may meet again down the road for the region title. I enjoyed this game, and look forward to going to Tara next week, as the Bears try and get back on track against another good squad in the Riverdale Raiders…GO BEARS!

Go Tigers

September 28th, 2012
11:17 pm

This is a big win for Stockbridge.

just a fan of the game

September 28th, 2012
11:40 pm

Where will Griffin and Stockbridge stand in the rankings after this one?


September 28th, 2012
11:41 pm

Coach Whit is the best coach in GA, and his coaching staff is the best as well… Look for the Tigers to go deep in the playoffs this year!


September 28th, 2012
11:51 pm

PLEASE……… we all know griffen is not the real bears……………… tell stockbridge to come to GATOR COUNTRY…, at the bear den … where the REAL BEARS…, and trust me nobody wants to meet GATOR GREEN……….. just ask PEACH COUNTY…..


September 29th, 2012
12:57 am

Great win for my HS Alma Mater! It’s VERY nice to see Stockbridge winning big games and positioning themselves for a potential Region Championship and playoff run that could go deep. But this is fan-speak after a fantastic win! It looks like they have the coaching staff to keep them focused and play each game as a one-game season. I’m looking forward to seeing this team each week from here on out….. Simply, way to go Tigers…… keep it up and bring it each and every week; no let- up gentlemen; you continue to make make many, most of whom you will never meet and who wore the colors and played the game for our town proud … Last year and so far this year are showing the progress and legacy that you are creating for your community…!!!! Keep it up and this could be something special that will be remembered for years to come if you keep focused and do your job each and every week…..


September 29th, 2012
3:11 pm

Listen here BURKE BOY. No one cares about your sassy little “gator country” where bears live. We’re just glad that we got the win over The #2 team in AAAA. By the way, If they were ranked #2 and we beat them, what does that make us? Keep that in thought.