Both offenses struggled as strong showers before and during the game forced both teams to rely on the ground game.
Running back Phillip Searcy led the way for the Knights with a game-high 139 yards rushing and two touchdowns on the night.
Griffin, on the other hand, struggled on the offensive side of the ball. The Bears managed just 107 yards total offense.
Upson-Lee quarterback Laquentin Lamar opened the game with a 24-yard run to the Griffin 41-yard lines, and the Knights ran four more times to set up Searcy’s first touchdown.
The Bears answered on their next drive when Jahmad Clemons returned the ensuing kickoff to the Knights’ 33-yard line. That drive set up a Kevin Garland field goal from 33 yards, but that would be all the points Griffin would be able to put on the board.
The Bears had their best opportunity to score with third-and-two at the Knights’ 3-yard line, but Upson-Lee’s defense stopped a pair of Marcus Waller runs to get the ball back.
In the second half, the Knights strung together a 20-play drive that went 91 yards to set up Searcy’s second touchdown. The drive, which started in the third quarter, lasted more than 11 minutes and forced Griffin to throw the ball for any chance of a comeback.
Upson-Lee’s defense stopped the Bears on four straight plays, and the Knights’ offense was able to run out the clock for the win.
Griffin’s last home loss came in 2005 when Northside—Warner Robins defeated the Bears 14-7 at Memorial Stadium.
The Bears open sub-region play next Saturday as they travel to Forest Park .