Huge game: No. 5 Griffin at No. 3 Stockbridge

By David Purdum / For the AJC

No. 5 Griffin features an explosive no-huddle, up-tempo offense that is putting up 41 points a game. The Bears are led by senior quarterback Jaquez Parks, a three-year starter with a 3.8 GPA who is being recruited by Harvard, Yale and Air Force.

No. 3 Stockbridge has a defense loaded with big-time talent that is allowing 5.5 points per game. The Tigers are led by senior defensive back Kendarius Webster, who will be deciding between Georgia, Florida State, Ole Miss and others next Friday.

The two Region 4-AAAA teams collide Friday in the marquee game in the state. Stockbridge beat Griffin for the first time last season, 17-14, on a last-second field goal. The Bears had won the previous six meetings by an average score of 38-11.

“They don’t have weak spot on defense,” said Griffin coach Steve DeVoursney of Stockbridge. “All 11 players look like college football players.”

Stockbridge coach Kevin Whitley was equally respectful of Griffin’s offense.

“Just pray for me,” Whitley joked with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution earlier this week. “They’re very explosive. I’ve compared their first four games to last season and what they’re averaging, and they haven’t missed a beat. But you have to be better when you’ve got all your skill guys and the quarterback back.”

Losing streak over, Columbus out for respect

The Columbus Blue Devils snapped a 19-game losing streak with a 35-13 win over Northside (Columbus) last week. The Blue Devils reward? A meeting with No. 2 Carrollton, a team that pummeled Columbus 66-0 last season and has been dominant early this season.

Columbus coach Phil Marino said there was little talk of the losing streak. His staff didn’t bring it up, and he rarely heard his players mentioning it.

“They only knew that we hadn’t won a game in awhile,” said Marino. “I don’t think anyone here was counting how many games it was.”

Still, the handful of seniors on the Columbus roster knew last week’s win was special. Senior Jaylin Trice, who Marino calls the team’s “backbone,” had 11 tackles and forced two fumbles.

“Jaylin was ecstatic,” said Marino, “but for us, it doesn’t stop with that.”

Marino knows his team is a massive underdog against Carrollton, but believes the Blue Devils are out to earn some respect from the Trojans.

“For us, I hope Carrollton will notice us, notice the athleticism that we have,” Marino said. “Our SEC schedule starts on Friday. We want to be competitive.”

Notes

Make-up: The Redan-Banneker game has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m., Thursday at Pantherville Stadium in DeKalb County. The game was originally schedule for last Friday, but Banneker missed the 5:15 p.m. kickoff.

28 comments Add your comment

Bear_Backer

September 24th, 2013
2:31 pm

Coach Kevin Whitley, The Griffin Bears are not falling for that old trick of giving out kudo’s to the other team, then silently lying in wait for the ambush. But thanks for the compliments anyway. Griffin has REVENGE on its mind and it is deeply seeded with the interest of besting you on your own field just like you guys did to us last year. I have had this game circled and highlighted for some time now. Bring in the extra stands, because as everyone knows, GRIFFIN BEAR FANS travel BIG, especially to (practically) the next town over! Griffin is under-rated and not respected, so you better keep your end-zone protected!! GO BEARS!

True Fan

September 24th, 2013
3:08 pm

Stockbridge here we come

True Fan

September 24th, 2013
3:44 pm

Stockbridge hope you have some good corner backs

Trojan94

September 24th, 2013
4:28 pm

Sorry columbus wrong team wrong year to think about two in a row…..56-0 Trojans roll!

SHS FAN

September 24th, 2013
8:40 pm

@Bear_backer I hope u know that stockbridge defense is coming after that offense they have the best defense in the region

Bridge

September 24th, 2013
9:08 pm

BEARMAN FROM GRIFFIN

September 24th, 2013
11:54 pm

@BRIDGE, I promise you will know “WHO” we are by the end of the first quarter. Griffin has this game circled and you will know what 5 D-1 wide recievers and a D-1 QB along with a speedy Miller man looks early. oh by the way…just look how many points we have gave up the last 3 GAMES! Let Webster know to have him some OXYGEN on the sidelines because he will need it early!!!

djfromshs

September 25th, 2013
7:48 am

@bearmen from Griffin , I hope you know we have the #1 defense in the state the qb cant handle the pressure he going to get so once again #GriffinWHO ! I never heard of griffin until we came and whooped up on the bears in there own home field . tiger nation on top

djfromshs

September 25th, 2013
7:51 am

@true fan WE HAVE THE BEST CORNER BACKS IN THE STATE , KENDARIOUS WEBSTER IS A CORNER FROM STOCKBRIDGE WHO MADE SUPER 11 AND JARIOUS SHADE IS A UP AND COMING CORNER WHO IS STRAIGHT SHUTDOWN

Just a Fan

September 25th, 2013
9:00 am

First real competition for both-should be interesting.

FAn1

September 25th, 2013
9:31 am

The Bridge has the #1 secondary in the STATE!

Gamer

September 25th, 2013
10:50 am

I agree with Just a Fan. this is truly the first game that either team has played against an opponent with equal athletes as them. I’m a Griffin fan and I believe we can win this game but it will definitely not be easy. A team doesn’t give up 5 points per game without having great players. No matter the opponent an average less than a touchdown is beyond impressive. Looking forward to a great game Friday night.

Doc_Holiday's_Ghost

September 25th, 2013
3:20 pm

djfromshs come off it jokester…you won the game on the very last play and were lucky to get that. Stockbridge is good but a lot of mouth also. Bears will take care of business. Where will you be then? Probably whining about the refs.

True Fan

September 25th, 2013
3:33 pm

Hey djfomshs are they shut downs corners.Looking for a great game

Eye_opener

September 26th, 2013
8:59 am

Very last play or not Stockbridge won the game last year with a very young and inexperienced defense last year. If Stockrbridge has no turnovers I have Stockbridge by 3 again.

ALL TUCKERRED UP

September 26th, 2013
11:44 am

@GAMER Way to take the high road. That was what I was hoping for with NSWR last year, but no go. I do think respect is growing between the two. As a Tucker fan I have the greatest respect for Marist!!! I also do respect NSWR!!!!!

GRIP

September 26th, 2013
1:38 pm

There is a lot of talk on here by Stockbridge fans. Last year is just that last year, if your team is as good as advertised prove it again tomorrow night. Your team is 1 and 6 against Griffin. With the avg score being 38-11 in favor of Griffin. So save all that Griffin who talk…. We own ya’ll.

doitall

September 26th, 2013
10:10 pm

Stockbridge didn’t start the comments it was Griffin fans, last year is the past. Just like the other years mentioned…These are different players and coaches; furthermore, you have to play the game history does not win it for you.

juju

September 26th, 2013
10:14 pm

Srockbridge TIGERS . NO team is coming into the jungle to beat the bridge

Bear_Backer

September 26th, 2013
11:03 pm

hey juju – you may need a dose or two of ‘ju-ju’ after the Mighty Griffin Bears finish mauling that weak offense of Stockbridge. The Tigers can’t score, as your record shows. Our defense is BETTER than yours this year. Proof is less than a day away, the question is can you handle it?? Griffin is coming in to PLOW your so-called jungle under, and leave it ready to sow the seeds of a painful loss that will grow and pester you the rest of the season. There is nothing like sweet REVENGE as we BEAR DOWN……EVERY DOWN. The paper-tigers will succumb to the realization that they are left as fertilizer on their own field,watered by the tears of your defeat!!!! GO BEARS!!!!

lilman

September 27th, 2013
8:48 am

shut up bear_backer
we dont lose in the jungle

Bear_Backer

September 27th, 2013
12:39 pm

lilman – is that all you have? Shut up?? Really?? We don’t Shut up…we PUT UP….More points than you! GO BEARS!!

Gamer

September 27th, 2013
9:50 pm

I am not a sore sport but I have used ‘ Gamer’ as my handle for a number of years. If possible, I would appreciate the “Gamer” that supports Griffin will change to another handle. Just a request:

Ajccommenterformerlyknownasgamer

September 27th, 2013
10:21 pm

Didn’t mean to steal your name bro. Sorry

Ajccommenterformerlyknownasgamer

September 27th, 2013
10:22 pm

Didn’t mean to steal your name new to the site sorry

Griffin fan

September 27th, 2013
10:24 pm

Commenterformerlyknownasgamer: new to the site no harm no foul

Bear_Backer

September 27th, 2013
10:24 pm

Griffin MANHANDLED Stockbridge up and down the field tonight. The Mighty Bears turned that so-called jungle into a bonafide Bears-Den!!!! What a mashing that was. And we did it without our head coach (who was unjustly ousted). Somebody needs to fire that stupid pa announcer. He is flat out lame. BEAR DOWN EVERY DOWN! GRIFFIN BEARS to the TOP!!!

ghsbear94

September 30th, 2013
4:59 pm

To the one that say that no one comes into Stockbridge and win ? Guess what ……… Griffin 35 Stockbridge 14 + Refs. So shut the **** up