Region 4-AAAA Div. B first-place Griffin (6-1 overall, 3-0 subregion) won it second in a row, while next-to-last place North Clayton (1-7, 1-3) continued to struggle.
A very up-tempo Griffin Bears offense could do no wrong in the early going, driving 71 yards on eight plays — the major strikes being pass plays of 14, 22 and 31 yards from Parks to Freeman — to take a 7-0 lead on a 2-yard scoring run by Freeman and successful extra point by Alexis Rivera.
Griffin mounted a seven-play, 95-yard drive on its next possession. Parks tossed a 30-yard pass to Freeman before Freeman ripped off a 15-yard run and Parks added runs of 25 and 10 yards on back-to-back-to-back plays to bring Griffin to the North Clayton 1 where Nic Williams scored on a run a play later. Rivera was steady on the kick.
The defense set up Griffin’s next score when North Clayton went for it on fourth-and-1 and Griffin held to give the Beras the ball back at the Eagles’ 38-yard line. Three plays later Moses Mayes turned a pass play into a 24-yard gain to the North Clayton 14. Freeman had his second touchdown of the game on the next play on a 14-yard jaunt through the middle of the Eagles defense to put the Bears ahead by 21 after Rivera’s third successful extra point of the night.
Griffin took a 28-0 lead on its next possession, a four-play drive that ate up 45 yards — most of it coming on Parks’ 25-yard pass to Mangham on the first play of the second quarter. Rivera nailed his fourth extra point in a row.
North Clayton stopped Griffin on its fifth possession and forced the Bears to punt from the back of their end zone. The Eagles obliged by returning the punt for a score. But Griffin returned the favor later in the second quarter when Richard Wilder blocked a punt and Moses Mayes recovered it the end zone to leave the Bears ahead 36-6 at the half.
The 30-point lead enabled the speed-up rule to be instituted in the second half where a continuous clock was employed.
North Clayton scored on a 10-yard run with 2:06 left in the third before Griffin matched it with a 14-yard pass from Anforne' Stroud to Octavius Williams with 5:23 left to play in the fourth. The Eagles then added an 18-yard scoring run with :34 left to play to make the final score look closer than the game actually was.
Parks ended the night completing 11 of 18 passes for 175 yards with one touchdown and one interception — all of it coming in the first half. Freeman led Griffin in rushing yards (49 on six carries) and receiving yards (97 on four receptions) — all of it but one carry also coming in the first half.