Class AAAA: Carrollton, Griffin facts and figures

Class AAA Title Game (5:30 p.m., Saturday)

Carrollton (13-1) vs. Griffin (14-0)

  • Overview: In a battle of two perennial powers, Carrollton has the edge in state championship game experience. The Trojans are in the title game for the second time in four seasons and have reached at least the quarterfinals of the playoffs in eight of coach Rayvan Teague’s 12 seasons. Carrollton has won seven state championships, the most recent coming in 1998. … Griffin has made frequent deep playoff runs in coach Steve DeVoursney’s 13 seasons, but this is the Bears’ first trip to the state championship game since 1980. Griffin has won two state championships (1978, 1942), according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association.
  • Carrollton season: The Trojans were ranked in the top five all season and overcame a deflating Week 10 loss to defending champion Sandy Creek. Carrollton won three road playoff games, including last week’s four-overtime thriller at Marist, to advance to the Georgia Dome.
  • Griffin season: Griffin started at No. 8 and climbed all the way to No. 2, after an undefeated regular season. The Bears outscored opponents by an average score of 45-9. Griffin came from behind in the second half to beat Sandy Creek and Wayne County to reach the Georgia Dome.
  • Carrollton strength: The Trojans’ wing-T rushing game averages 276 yards and features three backs — Jarvis Terrell, Malik Sheppard and Trey Chivers — who each have rushed for more than 800 yards. Carrollton averages 7 yards per carry.
  • Griffin strength: Senior QB Jaquez Parks has passed for 3,332 yards and rushed for 1,083 yards. The defense has forced 29 turnovers, and the punt return unit has blocked seven kicks.
  • Carrollton’s top players: Senior P/K Tyler Newsome (Notre Dame), TE Cole Cook (North Carolina State) and OT Jake Sanders (Duke) are committed to major BCS programs. DT Dontavius Russell will join them eventually. After initially committing to Georgia, Russell recently re-opened his recruiting and has offers from SEC and national powers. … QB Will Garrett has passed for 1,146 yards with 13 touchdowns, but is more than a game-manager. … Roury Glanton leads the defense with 107 tackles.
  • Griffin’s top players: QB Parks has offers from Air Force and Harvard. … WRs Christian Owens, who is committed to Georgia, and Keaston Fuller and Trey Willis are Parks’ top targets. … Fuller and LB Jordan Colbert have offers from North Carolina and Georgia Tech. … LB Telly Sloan leads the team in tackles and finished second in the state in wrestling last season in the 220-pound class. … ATH Devontae Freeman is a playmaker in all phases.
  • On Carrollton: “They don’t turn the ball over; they don’t commit foolish penalties, and they have the best kicking game I’ve ever seen in 30 years.” — Monroe Area coach Matt Fligg, whose team lost to Carrollton, 44-27, in the second round.
  • On Griffin: “Griffin has a lot of skill people and do a good job getting those guys in space. If Griffin is able to get their guys in space, they have good chance. If Carrollton can control the ball, they’ll have a very good chance of winning the game.” — Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker, who’s team beat Carrollton in the regular season and lost to Griffin in quarterfinals
  • AJC Pick: Griffin 28, Carrollton 27

–David Purdum, For the AJC

40 comments Add your comment

Old Bear

December 12th, 2013
12:37 pm

Griffin has scads of offensive talent, but it’s their defense that’s the real backbone of the team. They have pretty much shut down every team they’ve faced. My main concern is durability – the starters have only played a couple of complete games. Most of them were settled early, and the back-ups finished up with a running clock. It should be a close, fairly low-scoring contest. Of course, since I said that it will probably be a shoot-out…

Go Trojans!

December 12th, 2013
12:50 pm

It’s going to be a great game! Both teams are loaded with speed and talent. I think we have a couple more not listed who are going to play on Saturdays.

Go Trojans Pick: 24 – 17, Carrollton.

See you at the Dome! Go Trojans!

dds Todd

December 12th, 2013
1:20 pm

Carrollton will shorten the game running the ball. Keep Griffins Offense on the side lines. Carrollton will throw enough to free up the running game. Turnovers are key here. Carrolltons secondary has intercepted many passes this year as have Griffins.

dds Todd

December 12th, 2013
1:25 pm

Carrolltons Brandon Walton will also play at a BCS School in App State as they move up in 2014.

AJC

December 12th, 2013
1:37 pm

@dds Todd: Good point. I think technically App State won’t be a BCS school because they won’t play in a power conference. But since there isn’t anymore BCS anyways, I guess I should have worded that differently. Thanks for heads up and good luck this weekend. — DP

Mike Kennedy

December 12th, 2013
3:41 pm

A really good coach once said,”Give 100% on every play – you do not have the luxury to know which one to slack off on or give even 99%”. If Carrollton does this – no one could have beaten them this year. They are very well rounded – good defense – good offense – good special teams – great kicking game – but mediocre won’t do it. Give ALL 100% for 48 minutes CARROLLTON – GO Mighty Trojans! Carrollton 17, Griffin 10. P.S. We know turf – we have lived on Dome turf for the last 3 years.

Taco

December 12th, 2013
8:53 pm

Thank Goodness Carrollton has a good kicker, they are going to need him a bunch. Carrollton players have lived on dome turf for the last three years. That is great because they are going to laying down on it a lot this weekend.

Old Bear

December 12th, 2013
11:21 pm

@ Taco – LOL…

Old Bear

December 12th, 2013
11:34 pm

I can’t predict a score, but I do know that Carrollton won’t put up more than 20 points. And while defense is Griffin’s forte, Carrollton hasn’t seen the speed of the Bears’ skill players on offense. Just ask Sandy Creek about that. If Griffin doesn’t turn the ball over, they’ll win. If they get sloppy, they won’t.

Old Bear

December 12th, 2013
11:42 pm

One last thing – the Bears will have plenty of guys who’ll play on Saturdays, too. I know this because Griffin has more people than any team in the state that plays on Sundays. How that translates THIS Saturday, though, remains to be seen.

Taco

December 12th, 2013
11:43 pm

I sure can tell the Bears ride alone this weekend! The prep school girls from Marist are all behind Carrollton and the sour grapes Patriots are all dressed up like Trojans now. I love it. The Bears are like a bunch of Bentley’s and we are gonna put some spinners on that thing Saturday at the Dome!

Old Bear

December 13th, 2013
1:27 am

Griffin never gets any love. We’re a mill village (or a former one). Our region is weak. I’d like to see Sandy Creek explain why they’re 1-3 against the Bears with that lame rationale. Or Carrollton explain why they couldn’t pull away from a Stockbridge team that we held to less than 100 yards of total offense while steamrolling them for almost 500 total yards. As far as Marist, they’re snobs. Like I said before – talk is cheap.

Griptown01

December 13th, 2013
8:59 am

@TACO you been watching too much 60 minutes.. Yo got that from Alabama’s strength COACH>> GO BEARS.. 35-24

Griptown01

December 13th, 2013
9:07 am

ALSO: Our kicking game stinks!! Anything outside of 20 is a gamble.. They have a kicker going to Notre Dame.. That’s no fluke.. We’re going to have to play them 30 to 30..(yards) Anything inside of that is points for Carrollton.. Griffin need to push the tempo..We didnt win those other games because of luck.. We won those on the strength of MENTAL and PHYSICAL fatigue. Griffin is well conditioned and wears teams down. NOT by physicality but by FINESSE and SPEED.. HIgh School Ball tends to be played with the numbers.. Where Griffin uses THE whole field.. And I truly believe that on turf. Its another 2 or 3 gears for griffin.. 35-24 BEARS..

Cat Man

December 13th, 2013
9:43 am

As a Lovejoy fan, I’m definitely pulling for Griffin. After we were knocked out by Lowndes, I made the decision to follow the Bears. I was on the sidelines at Sandy Creek and was amazed by their size and speed. Simple to me, Sandy Creek beat Carrolton, Griffin beat Sandy Creek, go ahead and fill in the blank. Go Bears!!

Just a Fan

December 13th, 2013
10:28 am

Even being a Carrollton fan I realize that Griffin is the favorite in this game.I also feel that those who belittle the Marist and Sandy Creek programs just make themselves look foolish. Marist has the top overall athletic program in AAAA(and probably overall). Sandy creek has established themselves as a football power that neither Griffin or Carrollton is likely to duplicate.Lets practice good sportsmanship and show a little respect for the other teams.

dawgs01

December 13th, 2013
11:50 am

cant wait for the game tomorrow. getting there early to support lamar county which borders g-town. get to watch to local teams. wide receiver Mangham for griffin has been offered by Vanderbilt too. the tight end and three receivers all have division one schollies for griffin and our qb is an absolute stud if he was just a little taller he would have his choice of school. I cant believe tech has not offered parks. good luck to all the teams this weekend everyone stay healthy and safe travels.

dawgs01

December 13th, 2013
11:54 am

I think this game is gonna be close bc Carrolton can really shorten a game and limit your opportunities. the past two weeks have been griffin’s worse offensive showings of course that has a lot to do with who they have been playing but just like someone else said the strength of griffin is there defense. what I am worried about is griffin is fast on defense which means we may lack size so if Carrolton runs right at us they can negate our speed but if they try to stretch out plays to the side line it plays right into our strength. I am prepared to see a very physical game. congrats to both teams.

dawgs01

December 13th, 2013
11:57 am

I cant wait to watch the griffin wide outs running on that turf. you will be surprised by how big some of griffin’s receivers are and they run like deers.

Go Trojans!

December 13th, 2013
1:09 pm

Not that I think this needs to turn into a name calling blog, but I am coming out on record that I thought Taco’s comments were funny!

Unless there are some players sneaking in here to read about themselves, it really doesn’t matter what we say as a group. Show up, cheer for your team and let it sort itself out.

At least we aren’t playing Burke!

Go Trojans!

Taco

December 13th, 2013
5:43 pm

Thanks Go Trojans! It was plagarized. I need the Bears to demolish Carrollton tomorrow and I could get my wish. The team that turns the ball over the least wins. We had 4 turnovers versus Sandy Creek and still won because they had 4 as well. We had 9 penalties and still won because they had 9 as well. We are not the most disciplined team to watch but man we sure are fun. So much talent and so much excitement. Every play on offense or defense can be 6.

As the young Stroud stated so eloquently last weekend, ” BIg Time Players make Big Plays in Big Games!” Straight from the U of M playbook!

See you there.

Trojan Fan

December 13th, 2013
7:04 pm

Penalties and turnovers kill Griffin, Trojans 32-14

Elemenno P.

December 14th, 2013
1:14 am

If Griffin can pass as effectively as the yards their QB has netted this year then they’ll win big.

Gamer

December 14th, 2013
12:51 pm

We’ll soon see won’t we, but I guarantee it will be a great game.

Old Bear

December 14th, 2013
4:09 pm

For all the talk I hear about the Carrollton place kicker, it appears that his longest FG this season is 38 yards. Impressive, but not All-World. Granted , he apparently hasn’t had a longer attempt. I know his coach said he can hit them from 50 yards out, but the fact that they haven’t tested his leg yet could mean that the Trojans don’t really trust his accuracy from such a distance. I imagine they might have to give him a shot in this game, though.

Ben

December 14th, 2013
6:18 pm

Gosh, am I the only one to realize that Carrollton’s offense is the “Wing-Teague” (pun alert)

Old Bear

December 14th, 2013
7:20 pm

Looks like both teams left their defensive playbooks at home. This is not my type of football.

Rush

December 14th, 2013
7:38 pm

Silliest comment by that awful announcer…”What a goalline stand by Griffin(on their fumble return), I haven’t seen that in five years.”

I see real goalline stands all the time in high school, college and pro. And there wasn’t any real goalline stand by Griffin. The Carrollton RB ran into his own blocker and fumbled the ball. The Bears just picked it up and ran with it.

I think the defensive coaches for both teams have been talking to the D coaches of Wash.Co. and Tucker or maybe Auburn/Missouri. Where is the defense? Wide open receivers. Running backs running through lines like butter. Poor tackling.

The final might be 60-58 at this pace. Not really quality football.

Rush

December 14th, 2013
7:40 pm

Correction: meant to say Creekside and Tucker. Bastions of defense.

Rush

December 14th, 2013
7:44 pm

And where is the Green and Gold of Griffin? They look like a hybrid of the Packers, Vandy and Ga. Tech.

The old lets put black in our jerseys trick when black isn’t one of our colors. We just want to appeal to the rap crowd.

Old Bear

December 14th, 2013
8:34 pm

I absolutely hate those unis that Griffin is wearing. I hope the coach trashes them after tonight, but if they win (and it looks like they will) he’ll probably wear them as the home or road uniforms every chance he gets. I’m not celebrating a win just yet, though.

Old Bear

December 14th, 2013
8:43 pm

Finally!!! Congratulations to my alma mater – Griffin High School. It’s been a LONG time coming.

Old Bear

December 14th, 2013
8:43 pm

Not a perfect game, but I’ll take it over losing any day.

Griffin26

December 14th, 2013
9:02 pm

HOW ABOUT THEM BEARS!!!!!!!!!

CARROLLTON GOOD GAME BUT WE HAVE TOO MUCH SPEED. I THOUGHT YOU ALL HAD A GOOD KICKER?

Griffin26

December 14th, 2013
9:05 pm

HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO IS CARROLLTON HOME?

FAN63

December 14th, 2013
9:19 pm

WE ARE THE THE BEARS!!!!!SPEEED KILLS!

Griptown01

December 15th, 2013
12:41 am

Look like my words came to fruition!!! Speed, speed, speed.. Btw WING T is archaic!! Put it on the shelf next to du rags with the tails in the back and FUBU CLOTHING!! (Lamar co!!) that’s two championships in the new millennium.. 03 Basketball and 13 Football.. THIS IS MORE SATISFYING THOUGH!! We’ve been at the doorstep for a while.. Imagine if BOBBY RAINEY (Tampa bay Bucs) Leon berry and Sydney Harris had this offense!! Or if Waller and Dickson(2x champ at ALABAMA) had these type of RECEIVERS!!! The best TEAM YES! Not the best SKILL WE EVER HAD!! PARKS MIGHT BE THE BEST 4A quarterback ever.. Showed his rear tonight!!!! IM SO PROUD OF YOU GUYS!! Bunch of Juniors coming back, and Loaded freshman class coming in. NOT TO MENTION SPALDING HIGH TRANSFERS.. We’re coming 4A.. This is JUST THE BEGINNING!!!! # GO BEARS!!!

Maurice R. Brown

Griptown01

December 15th, 2013
12:45 am

Also side note!!!!!!!!!! JUSTIN ROGERS WILL BE SOUGHT AFTER.. SPALDING COUNTY DONT GO ALL CHIZIK AND LOSE THE WAR.. Give him Some MONEY!! He’s EARNED IT!! Just as MALZAHN IS AND WAS THE BRAIN OF AUBURN!! He is the reason why we won this GAME!!!

Jeff

December 15th, 2013
3:25 am

BEARS WIN… AND MAKE HISTORY SETTING SCORING RECORD FOR CHAMPIONSHIP GAME! Way to call it AJC!

Rush

December 17th, 2013
12:52 am

I don’t think this is the best Griffin team ever. I think there are a number that were better than this. This team just played in the right year.

But, congrats to Griffin and to my friend, Edward, a longtime Bear fan. He finally got his win.