Griffin 25, Wayne County 20

By Ricky Dimon

Score Atlanta

Griffin scored 19 unanswered points following a 14-6 halftime deficit to overcome Wayne County. The visiting Yellow Jackets went ahead with a touchdown pass from Malique Jackson to A.J. McGill and a scoring run by Anfernee Jordan. Griffin responded when Anforne Stroud returned an interception for a touchdown before Jaquez Parks sealed the deal for the Bears thanks to a 2-yard scoring run and a touchdown pass to Trey Willis.

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ghsbears94

December 6th, 2013
11:49 pm

The atmosphere was awesome, and I would like say to Wayne County you have nothing to be ashamed about. You have an awesome team and keep your heads held high.

Go Bears

Bear_Backer

December 6th, 2013
11:52 pm

What an Epic Battle. I know this much: no one, and I mean NO ONE can say that Griffin does not deserve to be in the Dome. They have had the absolute hardest path to the finals. Wayne county brought it to the Bears with reckless abandon, and Griffin was able to come back for a hard fought win. Like I said, it was EPIC!!! Griffin just beat a great team tonight, and I sure am glad I was there to see it. See y’all in the dome next week!! GO BEARS!!!

That Dude Says...

December 7th, 2013
12:02 am

Congratulations Griffin Bears

Bear_Backer

December 7th, 2013
12:20 am

@ That Dude Says…. Thanks man. Happy holidays to you and yours.

Bear Power

December 7th, 2013
1:33 am

Three measley sentences. Is that all Griffin deserves for such a monumental win over one of the best teams in the whole state of Georgia? You gotta be kidding me. What a ripoff to the Mighty Bears. AJC, you ought to be ashamed of this epic failure. GO GRIFFIN BEARS!!

SD

December 7th, 2013
3:32 am

The Boss is Back, Remember the ” Bear Prayer “, Griffin teams are always tough, fast, and hard hitting.

Kenny Betsill

December 7th, 2013
4:43 am

Bear MEAT!!!!

maxx4955

December 7th, 2013
8:14 am

Wow!!! What a game. Griffin definitely showed what true heart is all about. I have to give credit to Debo and his staff for a job well done. I still however, don’t understand those short kickoffs though. They don’t work…period. Nevertheless. We have a dynamic and unstoppable offense…probably one of the best that I seen since watching Griffin play. The defense is big, fast, aggressive and boy do them young boys lay some wood on its opponents. Hats off to Wayne County. They were big as hell, but unfortunately…SPEED KILLS. They had a very good quarterback that carried them the whole night. Good luck and congrats to the Mighty Bears. See Yall in the Dome…We are Griffin!!!!

Cane Daddy

December 7th, 2013
8:15 am

Great game, two great teams… Our hometown Bears came out on top however it could have easily been the other way around. I am extremely proud of the young men from Griffin. This is their moment and they have one more battle before they can bring back the hardware to Griff-town.

To the players and fans from Jesup, it was a pleasure to speak with many of you and I was happy to see how well you support your team. We play a lot of local teams and sometimes I would say that there was less than adequate support in the visitor stands. I wish you well and trust that you had a great time in Griffin, barring the final score.

Now on to the GA dome boys, this is YOUR time, bring the trophy back to Griffin!
God Bless

Go Trojans!

December 7th, 2013
8:23 am

Congratulations to the Bears!

Let’s strap them up next Saturday and end this season!

Looking forward to a great game. Go Trojans!

socraticpavement

December 7th, 2013
8:36 am

Way to go Bears!

Looks like a good slot and kickoff time in Atlanta for the big dance. We were hoping for another shot at crossing the ’sandy creek’ but the Bear nation dried that thing out.

Couldn’t ask for a tougher, better coached opponent who’s fans are as classy in victory or defeat.

Good luck (kinda), and Good game!

Go Trojan!

True Fan

December 7th, 2013
8:39 am

Go Griffin Bears.Wayne Co. players keep your head up

Two Good Teams and a Good Game

December 7th, 2013
9:11 am

deserve better coverage than a ‘phoned in’ report.

Griffin’s offensive empty backfield scheme with the spread ’sideline to sideline’ offensive formation with five receivers and an offensive line protecting the quarterback was very effective and wore us down. That became evident in the second half.

A good game between two good teams is always fun to watch.

Griffin, thanks for your hospitality and good luck in the Dome.

Old Bear

December 7th, 2013
9:14 am

It was a great game. Wayne County played their hearts out. One thing is certain – Griffin needs their place kicker back. The entire dynamic of the game changed because the Bears had an injured kicker. Taking nothing away from Sanders at WR for WC, the game wouldn’t have been as close had Griffin been able to count on their special teams more. But, hey, that’s part of the game. Thankfully, Griffin overcame that burden. Congratulations to both teams, and I look forward to playing Carrollton, another great team, in the Dome next week.

Thank you, GHS, for an exciting and super season. No matter what happens after this point, you have done the town proud.

Old Bear

December 7th, 2013
9:24 am

Not to beat a dead horse, but the AJC dropped the ball with their coverage. If Sandy Creek was playing Wayne County, they would have gotten more than a three sentence, phoned-in recap.

I take that back – it probably wasn’t even phoned in. It was most likely a text message. Regardless, the coverage was awful. Both teams deserved better.

Football Fan

December 7th, 2013
10:10 am

That was a great game last night. Veterans Memorial Stadium was packed last night –rocking with close to 9,000 fans. Wayne County brought lots of fans, it was a very impressive crowd, they were loud and cheered on their team to the very end. Griffin usually doesn’t see that many visiting fans—kudos to Wayne County fans for making the long trip.

What a game that was last night–very enjoyable. Griffin and Carrollton in the Dome next week. Big contrast in styles. Griffin’s wide open Offense against Carrollton’s power Offense. Can’t wait to see it.

yellowjacket

December 7th, 2013
10:39 am

we knew coming in that it would take a mistake free effort to beat Griffin at home. Very proud of the effort by the jackets. great season. Good luck Bears in the Dome. I hope we earned your respect.

True Fan

December 7th, 2013
11:06 am

Yes Wayne Co. did earn our respect.3 costly turn overs for Wayne Co

Yellowjacketpride

December 7th, 2013
11:44 am

Rarely do you see two fanbases come out, cheer, boo, jeer and rock a stadium to such a degree. It was an epic matchup to be certain. The real surprise was the attitudes of the home team fan after the game. Rather than run us to the bus I was pleasantly surprise by the sheer number of Griffin’s fan that came up and spoke nothing but positively about our program and kids. Class act. Best of luck in the Dome. Don’t tell anyone, but I’ll be pulling for you.

budbowl

December 7th, 2013
12:19 pm

sorry missed the game GREAT GOING BEARS from old,old griffin,EAGLE 1965

True Fan

December 7th, 2013
12:38 pm

Hey Yellowjackekpride wILL most of team be back next year.

kbex

December 7th, 2013
1:29 pm

I have to say this…Wayne county is all class, and their fans, players and coaching staff has earned our utmost respect in Griffin. I’m all about winning and am glad the Bears came out on top, but truth be told, pure-d luck had a big part in it. We all know that’s the way football is sometimes. If not for one big fumble by the Jackets on about the one-foot line while about to score, the Bears would have lost this game. Although the final score was close, the game was really closer than the score indicates. Both teams played an INSTANT CLASSIC & Wayne Co. absolutely ROCKED “The House”.

True Fan

December 7th, 2013
1:44 pm

Great comment kbex

yellowjacket

December 7th, 2013
1:56 pm

Great comment kbex. I am glad to see someone speak the unbiased truth, yes luck is a part of the game. Everyone on both sides of this “CLASSIC” should be very proud. Wayne County is rooting for the Bears. Best of luck.

geech

December 7th, 2013
3:28 pm

Outstanding high school football game played by both teams. Griffin was exactly what we thought they were; a very talented team with outstanding athletes all over the field. They have had, as well noted, many years of fielding outstanding teams with a lot of success. Wayne went toe-to-toe and did not blink. We were prepared to “shock da world!” Unfortunately a bad call at the goal line on what was clearly a touchdown, swung the game. Not to take any credit from Griffin, the game could have very easily been a win for Wayne Co. We will be back!

Football Fan

December 7th, 2013
4:02 pm

geech—-It was a great game and I agree it was a big turn in the game. However, I don’t know about it being a bad call. The TV station Fox 5 in Atlanta has a shot from the end zone on that play–that they showed last night. Your running back was reaching out for the goal line when the ball was knocked from his hands —-and the referee was standing on the goal line, so he should have had a good view. From the angle I can’t tell you one way or the other about the call—–but the kids from both teams played a heck of a game and it was a shame someone had to lose. Wayne Co was/is an impressive team and I wish them all the luck in the future as long as they don’t play Griffin. :)

Rush

December 7th, 2013
6:23 pm

Did I see Griffin wearing black tops on TV?

I thought their colors were Green and Gold?

Has the rap influence invaded Griffin now?

Old Bear

December 7th, 2013
7:21 pm

@ Rush – I didn’t want to say anything, but I think you nailed it. I have been disappointed in the uniform selection this year, too, but said nothing aside from a comment I wrote in an email to the GDN’s Sports Editor, John Sullivan, in his “Comments” section online after an article made mention of the color change. I never heard any response – it would have been nice for the coach(es) to explain to us “old-timers” why Green and Gold” has given way to “Black and Gold”.

Old Bear

December 7th, 2013
7:41 pm

The game was great. Both teams had miscues, but that’s to be expected in a high-stakes game played by teenagers. It does no one any profit to parse a game (and this one in particular) in an attempt to find that “one key play/mistake” that would have made a difference in the outcome when, in truth, ANY number of plays could fit that bill. Wayne County earned the respect of Griffin by playing a great game plan in the first half, and by maintaining pressure throughout. I’d like to think that Griffin gained the respect of the Wayne County faithful, as well.

I’ve said this again and again – even though these playoff games have a team that wins and a team that doesn’t, there are NO losers. ALL of these teams have proven that they are legitimate and belonged in the playoffs.

Best of luck to Wayne County next season. Maybe Griffin will be fortunate to return to the playoffs and meet the Yellow Jackets again.

Rush

December 7th, 2013
9:54 pm

Bear,

Unfortunately, the rap influence has pervaded all levels of sports. Teams picking black and red or gross shades as a uniform color when they never had those as team colors.

Maybe Griffin can wear red next week.

Rush

December 7th, 2013
9:56 pm

Can anyone name a school that’s had as many real good football teams and hasn’t outright won a state championship like Griffin?

Stunning to believe they haven’t even been to the big game since 1980.

Old Bear

December 7th, 2013
10:28 pm

Prior to last night, Griffin had won 31 playoff games since 1980 without making it to the state championship, the most of any school in the state. Add in to that the fact that Griffin has sent more players to the NFL than any other school, and you have to wonder why things haven’t worked out for the Bears.

True Fan

December 8th, 2013
6:46 am

My heart goes out to the two Wanye Co. players walking around after the game they know that they should have won it.

True Fan

December 8th, 2013
6:47 am

Wayne Co. good game luck was on our side.

Taco

December 8th, 2013
3:25 pm

Old Bear you can answer your own question. Talent alone very seldom wins title. I have seen many a good team lose to superior coaching. I assume you saw us lose to a far inferior Sandy Creek team a few years ago? Maybe we have gotten better? I have a true appreciation for people who can learn from the past.

Not sure why a the Green and Gold are in Black now?

Wayne County should have won Friday night because we were clearly flat. They outplayed us but we got some breaks. The most talented team won inspite of having an off night, we have lost those games in the past.

Parks is cool and smart, why has Ga Tech not pusued this kid?

Old Bear

December 8th, 2013
7:59 pm

GT not pursuing Parks might have something to do with the fact that Parks is a passing QB. While he can and does run well, and no doubt would benefit the Tech option offense, Paul Johnson doesn’t want a QB who can pass (despite his protests to the contrary). You see, if a good option QB CAN pass the ball, he’ll want to do just that. Johnson doesn’t want his QBs to pass unless and until they absolutely must do so. That doesn’t seem to fit with how Parks wants to play the position.

Old Bear

December 8th, 2013
8:02 pm

And as far as talent alone not winning a title, that’s a given. But even a blind squirrel finds the biggest nut every now and then.

Dub Cee

December 9th, 2013
8:16 pm

Hats off to my yellow jackets and congrats to Griffin! Fellas keep your head up and lets make a run at it next year!!!!!!!!