In what was proclaimed as the game of the year back in August, the Griffins and Falcons did not disappoint the standing room only crowd as the Griffins fell to the Northwood Falcons 20-19 Last Friday Night.
The starting game time was pushed up to 5:30 due to the potential for inclement weather but that didn’t stop the Griffins from jumping out to a first half 13-0 lead with touchdowns by Brian Banks and Sam Odom. The strong winds definitely had an effect on the Delafield passing game as open routes were picked up and pushed out of reach for the speedy Griffin receivers.
Northwood cut the lead in half heading into the half and both defenses really settled in and traded punches for the middle stanzas of the ball game.
In the third quarter the Griffins offense began to sputter, and the Northwood offense found a chink in the Griffins defensive armor. The running game behind quarterback Mason Welch and Quintavion White proved to be too much for the Griffins to handle. Three touchdowns provided the Falcons with a 20-13 lead. A magnificent John Lewis touchdown brought the Griffins within striking distance but a missed extra point to tie the game for the Griffins proved to be the death nail in what was one outstanding football game between two great football teams.
The Falcons win gave them a share of the 1-4A District Championship that both the Falcons and Griffins will both stake claim to until their next meeting a year from now, but in the meantime both schools will use this week to rest and heal as they earned first round byes the State Playoffs that begin today.
The Griffins return home on November 18 to face the winner of the First Round matchup between the #13 seeded Cecilia Bulldogs and the #20 seeded Franklinton Dragons.
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