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Jonesboro aims to end losing streak vs. Griffin
by Maurice Dixon
September 11, 2012 12:35 PM | 1794 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>Mario Atkinson had two passing touchdowns and a rushing TD against Westover last Friday.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Mario Atkinson had two passing touchdowns and a rushing TD against Westover last Friday.
Last season in the playoffs, Jonesboro had one of its best chances in a while to finally beat Griffin. But the Bears made the most of the little time they had left and extended their winning streak over the Cardinals to 19 straight with a 47-43 comeback victory.

This Friday, Jonesboro hopes to end this miserable slump at Memorial Stadium during the Bears’ home opener.

In short, last year’s game went back and forth until the Cardinals lost the lead for good with 57 seconds remaining after a bad snap during a punt attempt ultimately resulted in a touchdown.

Then with one more chance, Jonesboro lost a fumble 25 seconds later to end its season and continue a string of 31 losses in the last 32 meetings with Griffin.

However, the Cardinals continued their successful start to the 2012 season with a 34-12 road victory against Westover last Friday, improving to 2-0. Mario Atkinson threw two touchdown passes to Cameron Sutton, who finished with 103 receiving yards. Atkinson also ran for a score and Patrick Petty returned a kickoff 75 yards for a TD.

Last Friday, Griffin upped its record to 2-0 as well with a 35-6 triumph over Northgate. Jaquez Parks and Anferney Stroud combined for 320 passing yards and two touchdown passes.

Just like the Cardinals, every other team in the county is facing an opponent outside of the county—a rarity for most of the teams the past two years.

However, Riverdale is the only other club aiming to stay perfect. The Raiders (2-0) will visit Grady this week after defeating Drew 21-14 last Friday. Ti’Keem Cooper had two touchdowns, including an 88-yard kickoff return, and Troy Wyche forced a fumble and returned it 72 yards the other way for a score.

On Saturday, the Grey Knights remained unbeaten and kept North Clayton winless with a 33-29 victory. This will be Riverdale’s first-ever meeting against Grady (2-0).

As far as Drew, the 0-1 Titans will try to bounce back against winless Rockdale County (0-2) on Friday. Marquis Terry had a 65-yard punt return and Tracy Gaston added a rushing touchdown last week.

Meanwhile, North Clayton will try to prevent its first 0-3 start since the 2002 season when the Eagles visit winless Northgate this Friday. The Vikings dominated North Clayton last year in the playoffs but appear to be a different team this season.

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