Class AAAA championship: Griffin 56, Carrollton 35

By David Purdum / For the AJC

A track meet broke out at the AAAA state championship football game. And Carrollton couldn’t keep up with the state champion Griffin Bears.

Senior quarterback Jaquez Parks accounted for 574 yards with five touchdowns, and Trey Willis caught three touchdown passes and returned a kickoff for another score, leading the Bears to a 56-35 win over Carrollton in the highest-scoring state championship game in Georgia high school history.

It’s the first state championship for the Bears since 1978 and third overall and caps the program’s first unbeaten season.

Parks finished with 338 yards passing and four touchdown passes. He sealed the victory with a 73-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. Willis caught touchdown passes of 53, 30 and 10 yards, and returned a kickoff 98 yards in the third quarter to help Griffin (15-0) take command.

“We’re going to take this championship trophy back to Griffin and celebrate,” said Parks, who has scholarship offers from Harvard and Yale, among others.

Carrollton (13-2) jumped out to an early 14-0 lead early, but found itself down at intermission, after a wild first half that featured 62 points, a surprise onside kick from Griffin, a successful fake punt by Carrollton and a 90-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Griffin’s Ryan Cochran.

“I told everyone, the players, my coaches, that we would win this game,” said Willis of the early deficit. “We came out poised. Our fans were behind us and we really fed off them.”

Trey Chivers scored on runs of 13 and 9 yards and caught a 48-yard touchdown pass from Will Garrett in the first quarter. Griffin answered with a pair of long touchdown pass from Parks to Willis. Carrollton led 21-14 after one.

The Bears (15-0) took their first lead on a 1-yard plunge from Tully Sloan with eight minutes left in the second quarter, and Cochran scooped up a Jarvis Terrell fumble on 1st and goal and raced 90 yards to put Griffin up 35-24 with 4:33 left in the quarter.

The 91 points scored eclipses the former record set in 2010 by Brookwood’s 52-38 win over Colquitt County in the AAAAA championship game.

Garrett passed for 204 yards with a touchdown for Carrollton (13-2). The Trojans overcame a Week 10 home loss to defending champion Sandy Creek to reach the championship game for the second time in four seasons. Carrollton won three road games against ranked opponents in the playoffs, including a thrilling four-overtime win over Marist in the semifinals.

Parks led second-half comebacks in playoff wins over Sandy Creek and Wayne County to lead the Bears to their first state championship game since 1980.

Carrollton 21 6 8 0        — 35

Griffin 14 21 14 7       — 56

C – Trey Chivers 24 run (Tyler Newsome kick)

C – Chivers 9 run (Newsome kick) 14-0 4:46

G – Trey Willis 30 pass from Jaquez Parks (Tristen Mathis kick)

C – Chivers 48 pass from Will Garrett (Newsome kick)

G – Willis 53 pass from Parks (Mathis kick)

C – Newsome 34 field goal

G – Keyston Fuller 80 pass from Parks (Mathis kick)

G – Telly Sloan 1 run (Mathis kick)

G – Ryan Cochran 90 fumble return (Mathis kick)

C – Newsome kick 23 field goal

G – Willis 10 pass from Parks (Mathis kick)

C – Chivers 5 run (Pass to Brandon Walton from Garrett)

G – Willis 98 kickoff return (Mathis kick)

G – Parks 73 run (Mathis kick)

92 comments Add your comment

Sportsnut

December 14th, 2013
9:13 pm

Congratulations Bears. You represented yourself well. The whole Southside is proud of you tonight. Very well done. Continue the hard work and once again, congrats.

That Dude Says...

December 14th, 2013
9:51 pm

Congratulations Griffin.

That Dude Says...

December 14th, 2013
9:53 pm

By the way if someone would of told me before kickoff that 91 points would be scored in this game I would of thought who said it was absolutely crazy.

Old Bear

December 14th, 2013
9:58 pm

Thanks again, Sportsnut. I couldn’t make the game tonight because of my poor vision in rain (I ate $36 in tickets for that), but thank God PBS televises the games. I don’t have any fingernails left, but I’m proud of my alma mater. Like I said on another blog, the Bears weren’t perfect but they were plenty good. I had hoped that Lamar County would win, too, to give the Southside a sweep. They played well, but I think the nerves got to them and they tightened up.

I’m sorry to hear about the situation with Coach Hughes, BTW. I don’t know what all happened, but I regret that it got a little messy @ Lovejoy. Hope you guys don’t miss a beat.

Maxx4955

December 14th, 2013
10:01 pm

Congrats Bears. Well deserved after many years of coming so, so close. Probably one of the best teams put together. Again, speed kills…too much firepower for Carrolton’s outmatched defense. Want to say congrats to Carrolton for showing a lot of courage out there. We are Griffin!!!!!

Zachary Piercy

December 14th, 2013
10:26 pm

Since last year’s solid season and the first round lost to Monroe, through all of the seven-on-seven competition during the summer, and each and every game this season, I have alluded to the fact that the Bears were destined to win a state championship. And Here We Are- 2013 AAAA Champs of Georgia (yes I said “We” because I am from the class of 72 and played on the 70-71 teams that started a new winning tradition at Griffin after years of losing). Everyone involved with the program should be applauded for the incredible season we have just witnessed. This will be remembered as the most stellar season the Bears have ever had. The whole town owes the Bears a debt of gratitude!
Let’s not forget that while this is a great accomplishment, this team is loaded with talent and is in a position to repeat next year and beyond. So it’s time for everyone to rally around this team and give it your undying support. I will be doing my share from afar (I live in Littleton, CO) by reaching out to those I know who can make a difference for the program (i.e.- Superintendent Curtis Jones). There is a lot that can be done to assure that the Bears get recognized by a national audience and I’m going to help make that happen!
“GO BEARS- 2013 AAAA STATE CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Old Bear

December 14th, 2013
11:19 pm

I agree with “That Dude Says… ” I did post that just as soon as I predicted a defensive battle it would turn into a shoot-out, and that’s exactly what happened. I don’t like these types of games, but I’ll take being the winner of this over being coming out on the wrong end of a low-scoring affair.

I also said before the game that Carrollton had not seen a team with the speed that Griffin possessed, and boy was I on target there. The Trojans didn’t have an answer to it, either. Maybe now people will see that the Bears’ win over Sandy Creek was no fluke (Griffin IS 3-1 against the Patriots, after all). It’s possible that Griffin could have beaten ANY team in the state this year, regardless of classification.

Perry (Jay) Daniel

December 14th, 2013
11:20 pm

Congrats Griffin Bears! You can’t top that Griffin Pride. I hope these young men realize how much they mean to people from the “Grip”. I wish each of them the best. Kudos to their parents, step-parents, grandparents, and coaches. I will be wearing my Griffin state championship shirts with my chest stuck out in Baton Rouge. When the Falcons have let us down, these young have given us a reason to celebrate. Rise Up!!!

Old Bear

December 14th, 2013
11:21 pm

Sorry. I messed up. That one sentence should read, ” I don’t like these types of games, but I’ll take being the winner of this over coming out on the wrong end of a low-scoring affair.” One too many words in the original…

the instagatter

December 14th, 2013
11:29 pm

hats off to the BEAR NATION the QB was the best run/pass QB i have seen in tears great patients your talent proved to be the best in any classification. NO.6 was a beast the D-LINE was disciplined what a great game.

Board_Ref

December 14th, 2013
11:37 pm

FINAL FLAG OF THE YEAR ON (drumroll……) “the instagatter” !!! Step off those yards with pride buddy, you were a great sport with my antics this year and I appreciate your kind words for those MIGHTY GRIFFIN BEARS. It is truly appropriate that your final typo word “years” came out like you were watching the Trojans get beat through your “tears.” Hope to “bust on ya” some more next year, and until then….God-Speed happiest of Holidays to you and yours.

True Fan

December 14th, 2013
11:45 pm

Speed Kills.Either you have it or you chasing it.Love the Green & Gold

the instagatter

December 14th, 2013
11:45 pm

HAT.S off to the TROJAN KIDS you played your hearts out the QB was a great passer that was under used all year the wing-teague will hinder TALENT. TROJAN NATION the wing-teague may get you to the dance but it will never win the big games. ONCE you meet a discipline team that will take the full back away running side line to side line will not WORK. the wing-teague has to be more diverse, watch AUBURN they do everything in there offense thats similar to the wing-t. THE 50-BASE DEFENSE will never match up to a spread with out blizing, with only 3 men rushing it’s like taking candy from a BABY and the results was not GOOD.

the instagatter

December 14th, 2013
11:54 pm

@ WING-TEAGUE you cannot get mad at your coaches for kids not tackling on the kick off that was a coach acting like a man that has NO class the kids was right there they just missed the man you can’t make everybody a escape goat for a missed play take it like a TEAM this is not a one man show but thats how you acted and it showed on the sideline and every body watching seen your CHARACTER WOW.

Taco

December 14th, 2013
11:57 pm

Dang Man I had no idea that was what I was going to see. Griffin just had so much talent and so much speed it was scary. Trojans got buzz sawed tonight but don’t fret, it could have been much worse if the Griffin defense had shown up. Tell Patriot Power we will see you all again next season. I am sure the Marist Prep School Girls were glad they did not get a full dose of that tonight. Wow that was fun to watch. The the old U of Miami back in the day. Some please tell Paul Johnson to give Jaquez Parks a scholarship offer.

jwill7378

December 15th, 2013
12:00 am

Congrats to Griffin and their coaching staff for having one heck of a game plan. I watched the game all the way out here in Seattle. I bet Griffin’s coaching staff was like really you guys aren’t going to adjust at all on defense we can do this all night, and they did. I think Griffin had better athletes and would have won by what I saw, but as a Carrollton fan and alum their coaching staff should be ashamed. Its the state championship you put your best athletes on the filed and let the chips fall where they may. Trey Chivers and Jarvis Terrell should have been on the field on defense as well especially after seeing your linebackers and safeties being flat out out ran. Not to take anything from Griffin again those young men played a heck of game. I’m just frustrated with our program.

the instagatter

December 15th, 2013
12:09 am

BOARD_REF i recieve the flag on tears that was suppose to be years see you next year and i will cut down on my penalty have a happy holidays.

jwill7378

December 15th, 2013
12:13 am

@ The instagatter I digress you are absolutely correct that 50 defense is an archaic relic of the past and so is the wing T. How arrogant are you to continue to play it even if it is your base defense.

the instagatter

December 15th, 2013
12:20 am

@jwill7378 you are right the COACHES should be ashamned that they are even playing in the past they need to go to a coaches clinic to learn fotball 101 not football 099 which is a remedial class LOL.

the instagatter

December 15th, 2013
12:22 am

SORRY MISPELLED FOOTBALL

Old Bear

December 15th, 2013
12:34 am

I don’t think there was anyone on Carrollton’s roster that could stop the Griffin offense tonight. Maybe those other guys jwill7378 mentioned should have been on the field to at least try, though.

Bear_Backer

December 15th, 2013
12:45 am

Ruminations & Observations
Just got back from a LONG day at the dome. I’m getting old now I know. I feel banged up just from all the driving, walking and almost getting in a fight while being trapped among a bunch of sore loser rednecks from Barnesville while trying to watch their game.
Carrollton – What an awesome team, and very deserving of the accolades heaped upon them this year. For this game, they were lulled into a false confidence by Griffin spotting them 14 points (twice) early on. Trojan’s no. 2 is a BEAST, and was mighty hard to contain. When Griffin zonmed in on him, that No. 1 kid went hog-wild. Trojans QB had a great night running the wing-T, (except for going to the middle where one big (all-purpose) Bear named Telley Sloan sets up defensive camp!)
Tyler Newsome – dude is MONEY. We simply call him “Notre Dame” Youi don’t see many kinkers like him come along. I predict HUGE things for this kid. Sure fire SUNDAY player.
Griffin: What’s NOT to say? They all said we had a lame schedule. WRONG. They all said our path to the dome was weaker than others…..WRONG AGAIN. They all said our physical game was not there, and I even heard a slam against the Bears cardio from some idiot somewhere…..WRONG AND WRONG. Griffin absolutely TOOK this game from Carrollton. The Bears never say die attitude exuded confidence when the chips were down. Jacquez Parks pinpoint accuracy picked the Trojan defense to pieces like some famished Velociraptor with an all-you-can-eat ticket.
Griffins Offensive Line once again protected Parks and gave him ample time to ply his run or gun craft. Griffin’s “Stunner” defense. Anchored by the aforementioned Telley Sloan they simply kept mashing and bashing the Trojans all night long.
Well enough of my pedantic ramblings.Just let it be said that the Griffin Bears are the Best team in he State of Georgia, and by winning the highest scoring game in Georgia State playoff HISTORY, They EARNED EVERY POINT AN WIN THIS YEAR! Go Bears!

Old Bear

December 15th, 2013
12:47 am

@ Taco – you are spot-on about the Griffin defense. I posted at halftime that I thought both teams forgot their defensive playbooks. Somebody on Griffin’s side must have zipped home to get theirs, but Carrollton apparently decided to wing it. Big mistake.

As a BTW, the Carrollton HC, Teague, looked awfully silly, and classless, berating his DC on the sidelines (I’m guessing that was who was on the receiving end of those tongue-lashings). It was unprofessional and sends a terrible message to his players, especially the underclassmen. What kind of respect will they have next year for the DC after seeing him get an a**-chewing like that? More importantly, what kind of esteem will they hold Teague in after he acted like a spoiled child?

The Carrollton kids played their hearts out. My hat’s off to them. It just wasn’t meant to be this year.

Bear_Backer

December 15th, 2013
12:49 am

And I will willingly accept any Flags from the Board_Ref for my grammatical errors Ü

ghsbears94

December 15th, 2013
1:06 am

I am so proud of my Griffin High Bears, the way they kept battling through out the whole game. To all the Carrollton players, coaching staff and fans you guys played a hell of a game and keep your heads ups, because you have nothing and I mean nothing to be ashamed of.

Go Bears…..

Old Bear

December 15th, 2013
1:17 am

One more thing – I’ve seen a few (but not many) posts this season that refer to Coach Devoursney as a liability for Griffin. That’s absurd…the man is 128-35 over 13 seasons. Almost any program in the state would want that kind of record. He came on board after the previous coach was dismissed 3 games into a season, and the team was in shambles. He righted the ship fairly quickly, then took the program back to the heights we enjoyed under Coach Bohannon , that of a consistent top 10 team that reached the semifinals three times before breaking through this year. Did Griffin lose a few games that they shouldn’t have? Sure. But they just as surely took a few that they had no business winning. By the numbers, he averages nearly 10 wins a year, to go with a little less than 3 losses a year. That works out to reaching the quarterfinal on a yearly basis. I hope that this championship gets people off his back, because he monkey certainly is.

I also hope that Devoursney wants to continue coaching at Griffin for a few years longer. It’s not an easy job, as budgetary concerns keep him from having the luxuries and staffing that some other programs have (programs that would love nothing more than to steal him away). We should feel fortunate for having a HC as dedicated as he has been.

Old Bear

December 15th, 2013
1:18 am

wayne_399@yahoo.com

December 15th, 2013
1:26 am

Where are all my Trojan fans. Hats off to Griffin and Carrollton for playing a good game. Griffin was super fast the quarterback and wide out #8 were awesome. The better team won tonight and lets look forward to another great year in 4A football next season. I was impressed with Griffin Bears they were a class act. i have to agree with JWill, Carrollton didn’t make any adjustments in the second half. Burke County Bear fan here to salute the best two teams left standing.

wayne_399@yahoo.com

December 15th, 2013
1:32 am

One more comment, a three man front by Carrollton gave Griffin QB plenty of time to find an open receiver.

Bear Power

December 15th, 2013
2:05 am

Congrats to Carrollton and their fans on a superb season, and a hard fought Championship game. Great tradition you have in Trojan Nation. I don’t mind admitting I’m a fan of your program, but I am a Griffin Bear through and through. Once a Bear, ALWAYS a Bear, and thats how we do it SOUTHERN CRESCENT STYLE BABY!!

Old Bear

December 15th, 2013
2:20 am

@ wayne_399@yahoo.com – I imagine that the Carrollton fans thought there would be a ton of gloating at their expense. Griffin fans, with a few exceptions, have never been like that. We talk up our guys, but that doesn’t mean we put down our opponents. After all, at the end of the game somebody is going to be on the wrong end of the score, and we’ve been that team enough to know that swallowing a loss is bad enough without having to eat your words, too. And we can empathize with fans who watch their guys play their hearts out and get nothing in return.

Old Bear

December 15th, 2013
2:26 am

And you’re right – AAAA is going to be super competitive with Buford joining the crowd. Granted, we’re losing Statesboro and Stockbridge, but I believe that the balance will be more evenly spread out than in usual years. We saw signs of that in this year’s playoff action. Burke County and Wayne County were better than advertised, and Marist showed they were the near equal to Carrollton.

Bear_Backer

December 15th, 2013
3:50 am

@Old Bear – Very well said sir. I applaud your posts this year and appreciate your level-headed sentiments about proper sportsmanship. You are a class act Old Bear, and we need more like you.

IvyLeaguer

December 15th, 2013
4:14 am

Are those academic scholarship offers from Harvard and Yale because Ivy League schools do NOT offer athletic scholarships

Jeff

December 15th, 2013
4:20 am

As with anything, the Bears are a product of their environment. Our perfect season is a testament to the intensity of local schools in 4AAAA and the total 77 schools making up all of AAAA. Rivalries decades old with teams wanting to knock us down as they have year after year before demanded something we had never been… the AAAA Champion could be no less… after decades in the forge of 4AAAA, the hammerings, the almosts but not quite, the better luck next years’… this division produced something perfect… the pressure and force of these teams clashing created something rarely seen in any level of football.. from pee wee to the NFL… a perfect season. A record setting win for the Championship… Griffin’s time is now… to not just win but to do it perfectly… because the teams we battled would submit to nothing less. I’m proud of the Bears, and I’m proud of the teams we battled that forged us into the perfection… Go Bears… Go 4AAAA…. Go AAAA… an example of perfection is finally on display!

Old Bear

December 15th, 2013
5:50 am

@ Bear_Backer – Thanks for the kind words. I’ve tried to be positive about Griffin’s chances without diminishing the quality off the teams we play. It does no one any benefit, and it cheapens the accomplishments of the Bears. You, too, have been diplomatic and a good sport. We should want the teams we play to be thought of as quality opposition – we give our detractors ammunition to downgrade our schedule when we do it, too. I look forward to having another year of correspondence next year. Take care until then.

Old Bear

December 15th, 2013
6:01 am

@ IvyLeaguer – I’m sure that’s it. I’m sure that Parks’ 3.8 GPA taking AP courses has little or nothing to do with him getting a scholarship offer. After all, Harvard and Yale have a long tradition of skirting their own rules so that they can get quality athletes (sarcasm dripping). Your elitism and cynicism are typical of Ivy Leaguers. Please don’t change.

manblk22

December 15th, 2013
6:17 am

Congrads to the Bear Nation. Didnt have much to say about this game. I will not take nothing from the coaching staff and players. Action speak louder than words. Me, hollywood and instagatter have proven our point anout Tony Romo/ rayvgue teague

manblk22

December 15th, 2013
6:17 am

Congrads to the Bear Nation. Didnt have much to say about this game. I will not take nothing from the coaching staff and players. Action speak louder than words. Me, hollywood and instagatter have proven our point anout Tony Romo/ rayvgue teague

manblk22

December 15th, 2013
6:32 am

Hit the wrong button. Let me continue. Until the school system is ready to go to the next level. The Trojans will always be second tier to SC, Griffin, now Buford. You cant keep running Charlie Grisham base defense and expect to win in the modern era. Teague has an arrogant spirit. He showed up last night.there will be people standing up for Tony Romo/teague. The highest paid coach in Ga. And all you can come up with is a BASE DEFENSE AGAINST A HIGH POWERED OFFENSE. WOW…..He didnt take Coach De to figure that out. The Griffin coach was speechless at the half time interview. He couldnt believe NUMB NUTS was going to stay in a base defense. Hats off to Griffin and the Trojan players. Its a shame the Trojan players has to play under an backwoods coach.

Go Trojans!

December 15th, 2013
6:38 am

Congratulations to the Griffin Bears. We couldn’t stop that offense for anything! Those who said that Griffin had too much speed were absolutely correct. #6 is a BEAST on defense as well.

I’m still proud of the Trojans for a great year. We got beat by a better team.

See you all next year!

Sandman

December 15th, 2013
7:21 am

Parks is the best high school QB that I have ever seen. And Number 6 on defense is not to bad either.Griffin deserved to win they were the better team..

Cane Daddy

December 15th, 2013
7:22 am

Congrats to our Griffin Bears, great group of young men coached by an outstanding young man in his own right – Coach Devo. I would also like to say that these young men are not only a credit to their school but also to the community. They play together and pray together. This team is truly remarkable.
This game is filled with winners and those that fall short, and Carrollton knows that but they should hold their helmets high! They played a great game and will more than likely reload next year. Congrats to them, I know the Trojan nation is proud of you.
In closing I would ask they we as a community (Griffin) become more involved with the Touchdown Club inorder to make sure our young men have the tools needed for continued success.
Band – you guys are always entertaining. Hope you numbers continue to grow.
Can’t wait for kick-off 2014!

CA Native

December 15th, 2013
7:42 am

@OldBear, I don’t believe @IvyLeaguer was was taking a shot at the young man. Ivy League schools do NOT in fact give athletic scholarships. They do however recruit and the financial aid packages they offer cover the students expenses. The Ivy League schools have such large endowments that most of them cover 100% tuition room & board for all students with zero parent contribution or loans of any kind for anyone whose family earns less than $100,000 per year.

For an athlete from a wealthy family, they just give them other grants or free money. It amounts to the same thing they just don’t call them athletic scholarships. It also allows them to award more $$ than an athletic scholarship allows for spending money and incidentals. It’s the same at a D1 school believe it or not.

Cat Man

December 15th, 2013
7:59 am

Old Bear — that chewing out on the sidelines could have been the specials team coach. If I’m not mistaken, that was right after the kickoff return by Griffin. Great game for the Bears. Really hoped Lamar Co. could have pulled it out too. Like you said earlier, that would have been sweet to have a southside sweep.

FrustratedTrojan

December 15th, 2013
8:16 am

Griffin showed that they are a worthy champion last night and the Carrollton coaching staff showed (again) that they can’t coach during games. Teague, for some unknown reason, refuses to adjust to a talented opponent. The Trojans won all year in spite of their coach. Teague looks lost the minute he plays against any team with a heartbeat.

Monroe Area stunkers

December 15th, 2013
9:29 am

Dem Carrollton trojun be acten like some condom thing, not no football boys. Sorry Carrton but talking big but laying stanking egg

JAB

December 15th, 2013
9:48 am

CONGRATS TO BOTH TEAM, YOU PLAYED A GREAT GAME, I WATCHED IT IN ITS ENTIRETY. HAVE A GREAT OFF SEASON & HOLIDAYS! GOD BLESS.

Sportsnut

December 15th, 2013
11:17 am

@Old Bear == Thanks for the positive vibes. I think we will be alright. Right now, for me, the focus is on Griffin and Creekside winning State Titles. The Southern Crescent was represented well with Griffin and Creekside. You both scored the most points of the weekend and showed why I was doing the talking I did. Again,
Congratulations

rural boy

December 15th, 2013
11:21 am

Might be time for big money Carrollton to start recruiting the Griffin area.