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Jonesboro hosts Griffin in region opener at Tara
by Maurice Dixon
September 10, 2013 04:07 PM | 2154 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Maurice Dixon<br>Jonesboro senior quarterback Mario Atkinson and the Cardinals are 1-1 this season.
Staff / Maurice Dixon
Jonesboro senior quarterback Mario Atkinson and the Cardinals are 1-1 this season.
The past two meetings between Jonesboro and Griffin have gone down to the final seconds. But these games have been more forgettable than memorable for the Cardinals since they lost both contests late in the fourth quarter.

Can the third meeting with similar circumstances be a charm for the Cardinals when they welcome the Bears to Tara Stadium in the sub-region 4B-AAAA opener for both teams?

“We most definitely will try to keep up with them,” Jonesboro coach Tim Floyd said. “We had to replace a lot of guys and we are going to be playing a lot of young guys who have experienced a couple of games we’ve had with them. It will definitely be a test to see where we are.”

After two games, the Cardinals are 1-1. Last Friday, they slowed Westover but still fell 7-0 to the Patriots.

“I was pleased with the way the defense and special teams played,” Floyd said. “Offensively, we got to find some guys who will step up and make some plays one-on-one. We’ve got to become more solid on the offensive line. I think we will be okay once those things start to come together.”

Meanwhile, Griffin improved to 2-0 with a 35-0 win at Northgate last Friday. Trey Willis caught eight passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns and Malik Miller ran for two scores.

“They have a lot of size and speed at the skill positions,” Floyd said. “Their receivers are big and fast and the quarterback is experienced.”

Senior Jaquez Parks completed 17-of-23 passes for 199 yards and two TDs.

Unfortunately, Jonesboro has a 20-game losing streak against Griffin.

While most of the teams in Clayton County will be trying to bounce back from a loss this Friday, Riverdale aims to remain perfect, hosting Grady at Southern Crescent Stadium. The Raiders beat the Grey Knights 28-14 last season.

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