The Griffin Bears faced one of the elite teams in the state Friday night and came away with a 45-6 loss.
The Lowndes Vikings, ranked No. 2 in the state in Class 7A in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s preseason rankings, came out firing on all cylinders and built an 18-0 lead by the end of the first quarter at Martin Stadium in Valdosta.
By halftime, the Vikings’ lead had grown to 38-0, and a running clock was used in the second half.
“It wasn’t a good night,” head coach Kareem Reid said after the game.
Reid said Lowndes is a “very good team.”
“They are a solid football team and they don’t beat themselves,” he said. “They have an opportunity to win it all.”
The Vikings were led offensively by junior Jacurri Brown, a highly recruited dual threat quarterback, and backup quarterback Tristin Bohler.
Senior running back Justin Lee scored two touchdowns for Lowndes.
Reid said he made the decision to sit several players for disciplinary reasons, including starting quarterback Quamari Williams.
“That throws off a team’s energy,” Reid said.
Williams sat out the first quarter because he was late for a team meeting, Reid said.
Junior Khalfani Harps, who scored the Bears’ only touchdown with 8:48 remaining in the third quarter, and freshman Jeff Davis both got some playing time at quarterback.
“For the situation they were put in, I think they did an OK job,” Reid said of Harps and Davis.
Late in the second quarter Williams connected with Prince Green on two pass plays to put the Bears in field goal position. Josh Galvez then missed a 33-yard field goal attempt after a low snap.
The Bears opened their season on Sept. 4 with a 35-14 win over crosstown rival Spalding High, and will visit Peach County on Sept. 18.
“We’ll watch the film, make corrections and get ready for next week,” Reid said.