GRIFFIN – Thursday was a nasty day to be outside, unless you were playing football. The Upson Lee Knights junior varsity football team traveled to Griffin to take on the Griffin Bears JV in a misty rain and on a wet field. The Knights took advantage of some Griffin penalties, as they held on late for a 24-14 victory over the Bears and remained undefeated in 2015.
The Knights took advantage of an early fumble by the Bears in the first quarter, and drove the ball the length of the field. Sophomore running back Ty Montfort punched in the first score of the game from five yards out. After a failed conversion run, UL held a 6-0 lead.
The Bears would answer back immediately. After the ensuing kickoff, Griffin took to the air and scored a touchdown on a 35-yard touchdown pass, beating the Knights secondary in the back of the end zone. The Bears two-point conversion was good, and with 3:39 left in the opening quarter, Griffin led Upson Lee 8-6.
The second quarter belonged to the Knights. UL quarterback Cameron Traylor hooked up with wide receiver Kenny Richardson for a 58-yard touchdown pass. Richardson caught the pass on a ten yard out-route, and then evaded a defender, blazing down the sidelines for the score. The Knights conversion once again failed, but UL took a 12-8 lead.
That’s when Griffin went into their bag of tricks, but the tricks backfired. The Bears attempted a hook and ladder play from midfield, but the lateral fell to the ground and Upson Lee’s Chase Boyt scooped it up, giving the ball back to the Knights. Upson Lee quarterback Cameron Traylor scored on a 14-yard run with 5:50 left in the first half, giving Upson Lee an 18-9 lead, which they would have at halftime.
In the third quarter, Upson Lee added to their lead with a one yard quarterback sneak from Traylor, giving UL a 24-8 lead. The Bears had ample opportunities to come back in the game. They recovered a Knights fumble on the Griffin one yard line, and returned the fumble 99 yards for a touchdown. However, 30 yards behind the play, the Bears were called for a block in the back, negating the touchdown.
In the fourth quarter, Griffin connected on a 73-yard touchdown pass and catch, but again a block in the back negated the touchdown. The Bears would score on a 23-yard touchdown run late in the game, but the Knights held on the for 24-14 victory. The Upson Lee junior varsity team will look to remain undefeated on the season, as they host the Pike County Pirates at Matthews Field on Wednesday. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m.
Wes McCard can be contacted at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @WesMc21.