Griffin and Jonesboro met in the opening round of the Class AAAA state playoffs last season. The Bears rallied late, scoring twice in the final 2:21 on touchdown passes from Parks to Devontae Freeman, to knock off the Cardinals 47-43.
Parks was at it again in Friday at Northgate, passing for a season-high 240 yards on 15-of-25 passing in a game which pitted two teams many thought would meet for the Region 3-AAAA championship last season. They never did. Nonetheless, Griffin dominated throughout against the defending Region 3-AAAA champs, scoring the game’s first three touchdown to carry a 22-0 lead into the half.
The Bears junior quarterback looked masterful on his team’s third possession of the game as he fired passes of 7 yards to Freeman, 16 yards to Keyston Fuller and 14 yards again to Freeman to set up a 12-yard scoring strike to junior Trey Willis with 1:57 left to play in the first quarter.
Griffin took a 15-0 lead when Miller ended a four-play, 54-yard drive with a 43-yard touchdown run with 10:03 left to play in the second quarter. Miller, who ended the night with a team-high 50 yards on six carries, leading the team in rushing for the second week in a row, also added a two-point conversion run.
Two drives later the Bears went up 22-0 when Parks ran one in from five yards out on 3rd-and-goal. The run capped a five-play, 55-yard drive which took off when Parks hit sophomore Quay Mangham — the game’s leading receiver with four receptions for 134 yards — on a 45-yard pass to bring the ball down to the Vikings’ 8-yard line.
Northgate posted its only points of the game on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Josh Harrison to T.J. Womack on fourth-and-7 on their second drive of the second half. The drive capped a nine-play, 50-yard drive which ended with 2:21 left to play in the third. Griffin stuffed the Vikings on the two-point conversion run and then struck back 12 seconds later on a 2-yard touchdown run by Miller.
The scoring run capped a two-play, 79-yard drive which started when Parks found Mangham on a 77-yard post pattern over the top to bring the ball to the Northgate 2.
Griffin then put the final nail in the coffin when Anforne’ Stroud, who completed 5-of-5 passes for 80 yards, tossing a 52-yard scoring strike to Montico Dodson with 4:17 left to play.
Date |Opponent |Time
8/17 |@ Newnan |L 21-14
Date |Opponent |Time
8/31 |@ Dutchtown |W 42-16
9/7 |@ Northgate |W 35-6
9/14 |Jonesboro* |7:30
9/21 |@ Woodland |7:30
9/28 |Stockbridge |7:30
10/5 |@ Riverdale* |7:30
10/19 |North Clayton* |7:30
10/26 |@ Upson-Lee* |7:30
11/2 |@ Spalding* |7:30
11/9 |Region Playoff
* — Region 4-AAAA, Div. B