Neither of their first two opponents offered the Bears much resistance. That will change tonight when Griffin (2-0) travels to take on Harris County (1-1).
“They have some Division I kids, so it’s is going to be interesting to see how we match up against them,” said Bears head coach Steve DeVournsey.
Just how much resistance the Tigers offer remains to be seen. After all, this is a team Griffin defeated 34-7 in the opening round of the state playoffs last year. Of course, that was the first step on the path to back-to-back state semifinal runs.
However, Griffin had a school-record 10 players signed to play college ball off that team. Harris County returns nine starters on each side of the ball and has since gained a Division I transfer, who has already committed to Alabama, to help further help its cause.
That defensive end joins two other Division I prospects on the Tigers three-man defensive line.
In the end though, this game will not be won or lost by the Division I prospects — Griffin has five of them (four will play tonight). They will likely neutralize each other. The quality of the non-Division I starters will determine the outcome. Moreover, that, my friend, is where Griffin — although not as deep as last year — still has an edge against the Tigers… Bears 27-14.
Elsewhere around the area this weekend, Spalding plays on the road against Drew High School on Saturday, Faith Christian is off, and Griffin Christian and Skipstone Academy are both home tonight.
With that, this week’s picks:
n Spalding (0-2) at Drew (0-2) [SATURDAY]: Both teams come into this contest having had eerily similar results this season. Consider in the opener two weeks ago, Spalding lost to Griffin 40-0 and Drew lost to Cairo 40-0. Then came last week when Spalding fell to LaGrange 22-7 and Drew fell to Columbia 20-6.
The only thing separating these teams so far? A safety and an extra point. The only thing separating these teams Saturday? Spalding is more experienced than Drew, which is in its second year of existence. Spalding is 10 years old.
Factors working against SHS include playing on the road and having its entire starting backfield on offens out. Still, Spalding’s experience across the board will show in the end…Jags 24-21.
n Fullington Academy (0-2) at Griffin Christian (1-1): This is Griffin Christian’s last tune-up before region play begins next week. Coming off a 27-13 loss at Piedmont last week, it is a tough assignment for Griffin Christian. After all, GCHS has never defeated Fullington, falling to the Trojans 26-8 two years ago at home and 13-7 last year on the road.
That changes tonight for two reasons. One, Fullington is a little down, and, two, Griffin Christian is at home… Crusaders 21-17.
n Lafayette (1-2) at Skipstone (0-1): The Warriors are inching closer to their first win in school history after a 44-24 season-opening loss to CrossPointe last week.
Losses of 52-10 loss to Colonial Hill in the opener and a 46-13 to North Georgia Christian last week sandwiched around a 37-8 win against Heritage Christian have softened up Lafayette…Warriors 35-28.
Sullivan is the sports editor at the Griffin Daily News.