The Griffin Bears (14-0) got off to a slow start against Wayne County a week removed from eliminating top-ranked Sandy Creek. The Bears recovered to rally past Wayne County 25-20 to earn their spot in the class 4A championship. Trailing 14-6 at the half, Griffin scored 19 unanswered points to take a 25-14 lead.
Jaquez Parks rushed for a touchdown and passed for a touchdown while Anforne Stroud returned an interception for a touchdown for the Bears. Griffin won their 14th game in a season for the first time since 1980 when they went 14-1. The Bears are averaging 33.25ppg while allowing 13.25ppga with a shutout in the playoffs.
Carrollton and Marist love overtimes. Marist outlasted Carrollton last season in five overtimes to advance in the playoffs. This season the teams played four overtimes with Carrollton stopping a Marist two-point conversion to advance 46-44. Jarvis Terrell had three rushing touchdowns, quarterback Will Garrett rushed for two touchdowns and DeAntonie Cammons returned an interception for a touchdown for the Trojans. Terrell scored from six yards out and converted the two-point conversion in the fourth overtime forcing Marist to get a score and successful two-point play if they wanted to extend the game, Chase Martenson was stopped short on the two-point attempt.
Martensen rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another and Marcus Miller rushed for a touchdown and passed for a touchdown for the War Eagles.
Carrollton (13-1) will be going for their eighth state championship and first since 1998 when they take on Griffin in the finals. The Trojans and Bears will be meeting for the first time in modern history.