Griffin 35, Stockbridge 14

Stockbridge had everything going its way early in the second quarter, holding a 14-8 lead and having watched as Griffin coach Steve DeVoursney was ejected in a flag-riddled sequence late in the first period.

But then Griffin went 90 yards for one score, converted a Stockbridge turnover into another and seized control on the way to a 35-14 win.

Griffin quarterback Jaquez Parks accounted for 376 total yards, passing for 187 and rushing for 189 more as the Bears, ranked No. 5 in Class AAAA, upended No. 3 Stockbridge in a Region 4-AAAA cross-over game.

Griffin (5-0) avenged a 2012 loss to the Tigers (4-1), who committed four turnovers. The Bears ran 68 plays to Stockbridge’s 26 and outgained the Tigers 463-95.

“We’ve had this game circled since the summer,” said Parks, who scored three rushing touchdowns and passed for another. “We were ready for this game the whole time. I felt like I had to have a big game because they were talking about they had the best defense in the state. I’d seen some things online talking about how they were going to put pressure on me, so I felt like I had to come back and show them what I could really do.”

The Griffin defense held Stockbridge to five first downs, including just two over the last 3 ½ quarters.

“They controlled the game,” said Stockbridge coach Kevin Whitley. “We got beat up front on both sides of the ball. I don’t recall us getting any serious pressure on Parks, and I don’t recall our quarterback having time to throw the ball.”

After a 47-yard kickoff return by Kendarius Webster, Stockbridge scored first, using nine plays to move 35 yards and scoring on Malik Bryan’s 5-yard run on fourth down.

Griffin responded with an eight-play, 77-yard drive, capped by Parks’ 19-yard pass to Jordan Colbert. Parks passed to Christian Owens for the two-point conversion and an 8-7 lead.

Webster returned the ensuing kickoff 69 yards for a touchdown, putting the Tigers on top 14-8.

Then came the bizarre sequence that led to DeVoursney’s ouster. Parks attempted a pass to the goal line and Griffin was penalized of offensive pass interference. The Griffin bench was flagged twice for unsportsmanlike conduct and the veteran head coach was ejected.

“It could have went haywire,” said Griffin assistant Antonio Andrews, who took charge after DeVoursney was ejected. “I’ve been here nine years. It could have fallen apart when things got bad, but our seniors kept things together.”

The series of events left Griffin with a first down and 55 yards to go. A sack and two incomplete passes left the Bears at fourth and 65 before punting.

After forcing a punt, Griffin regained the lead with a six-play, 90-yard drive, scoring on Parks’ 4-yard run.

An 8-yard run by Devonte Freeman gave Griffin a 22-14 lead, which the Bears carried to halftime.

The Bears went 75 yards in 13 plays to open the second half and Parks’ 21-yard run put them up 28-14.

Parks sealed the win with a 76-yard run on the first play of the fourth period.

Griffin 8 14 6 7 – 35

Stockbridge 14 0 0 0 – 14

S – Malik Bryan 5 run (Richard Pinedo kick)

G – Jordan Colbert 19 pass from Jaquez Parks (Christian Owens pass from Parks)

S – Kendarius Webster 69 kickoff return (Pinedo kick)

G – Parks 4 run (Tristen Mathis kick)

G – Devonte Freeman 8 run (Mathis kick)

G – Parks 21 run (run failed)

G – Parks 76 run (Mathis kick)

14 comments Add your comment

Grip

September 27th, 2013
10:00 pm

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Eric

September 27th, 2013
10:22 pm

I am from Griffin and played for Griffin from 88 to 91. Nothing like a little adversity to bring that Bear out of a team. Way to respond and take control of a football game. Quite a squad this year!

True Fan

September 27th, 2013
10:26 pm

Who that talking bout beating them Bears.Stockbridge we gave yall 14 points

Bear_Backer

September 27th, 2013
10:29 pm

Hey Eric – I am also a former player (way back in 74!) I am so proud of those mighty Bears for overcoming the adversity and mashing Stockbridge so handily. Maybe Griffin will get a modicum of respect now… GO BEARS!!!

True Fan

September 27th, 2013
10:30 pm

Hey AJC do Griffin get their credit now

trojan power

September 27th, 2013
10:47 pm

Hey yall had a baby game. Watch the big boys clash Nov 1. At Grisham Stadium. #1 Sandy Creek vs #2 Carrollton. These other teams don’t come close. Carrollton is LOADED!! Sandy Creek is LOADED! Nobody else matters.

Bear_Backer

September 27th, 2013
11:33 pm

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

dawgs01

September 28th, 2013
8:43 am

Bears are tough once again. you calling the BEARS a baby team. you do realize the bears are one of the most storied Georgia teams in the state. No other high school has sent more players to the nfl than the griffin bears and we got a few more who are about to enter in the next two yrs. Little ole Griffin putting more players in the league than all thos dekalb teams and gwinnett teams and south georgia teams. Go Bears. Griffin also has the two best receivers on one team and they are underclassmen.

Go Bears!

September 28th, 2013
10:07 am

Hey Bear_Backer..you need to write for the AJC. Seems like they could use the help. I read your stuff and it is entertaining and all rings true.
Hey “Condom” power: Don’t come on here and poo-poo on our big win. Mind your own business, because you don’t want it to be “our” business, believe that. Griffin was winning big games before your baby-daddy even knew who ever spit you out.
dawgs01: You are spot on! People can jack their lip without doing research. But I may add that while it is true that past (years) performances is no indication of present results, it is important that the team maintain coaching continuity (like Griffin has). They also play with the intensity and winning attitude of those that paved the historical road to victory before them. GO BEARS!!

True Fan

September 28th, 2013
2:03 pm

Hey Stockbridge guess what Dutchtown will beat yall also

Grip

September 28th, 2013
4:16 pm

Stockbridge I warned y’all about that trash talking the Bears. All that smack about having the best defense in the state. Giving up all those yards hardly qualify’s as a top tier defense, but you hadn’t seen an offense like that. The Griffin Bears on a mission in 2013

Old Bear

September 28th, 2013
5:42 pm

5 first downs and 95 total yards for Stockbridge – good thing they have a kick returner or it would have been a whitewash. They got mauled.

Old Bear

September 28th, 2013
5:47 pm

As it stands after last night, Stockbridge gives up more points per game than Griffin. Those defensive stats aren’t so pretty now, huh?

Tiger Tiger Burning Bright

September 30th, 2013
7:10 am

Still proud of my Tigers, and no matter what the outcome was on Friday. They will always be recorded in History as the 1st and ONLY Henry County Team to beat the Griffin Bears in the 2012 season. Aww, guess it still stings…it will forever I promise.