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Football player of the week: Griffin leads Habersham Central backfield

POSTED: September 30, 2009 12:38 a.m.

Player of the Week: Habersham's David Griffin

The Blitz: Player of the Week David Griffin, Habersham Central High School.

Football is often overshadowed by the physicality of the sport, and many seldom stop to think about the mental aspect of the game and the pressure that follows the teams both on and off the field.

“I’m not used to this. I’m not used to this,” Habersham Central’s David Griffin said nervously when asked about his performance last Friday against the Bulldoggs in Winder.

After rushing for 282 yards and five touchdowns for the Raiders (3-2, 3-2 Region 8-AAAA), one would not expect to see Griffin, who led Habersham Central to a 42-35 win over Winder-Barrow, anxious about anything, much less a casual conversation, even a taped one.

“I couldn’t have done it without the line so I dedicate that to them,” said a modest Griffin of his first breakout game.

The Raiders running back went into last week’s contest with three touchdowns on the season, but left with 317 total offensive yards, more than half of his total yards gained this year.

Habersham Central graduate Tavarres King, now a redshirt freshman at the University of Georgia, was a home run threat in receiving for the Raiders program for four seasons.

Now with Griffin churning out the yardage last Friday, the Raiders may have found a threat on the ground.

Raiders coach Stuart Cunningham chalked the difference in Griffin’s play up to serendipity.

“Our quarterback was sick so that gave us more reason to try and run the ball earlier in the game a lot more and he ended up having a great night,” Cunningham said of the junior.

Griffin proved he can handle pressure on the field, running in the game-winning touchdown against the Bulldoggs in a back-and-forth game that entered the fourth quarter tied 28-28.

When asked about what to expect in the future, Griffin kept a cool head and said, “I’m going to play my hardest and hopefully good things will come of that too.”

Habersham Cental plays host to Madison County at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Larry Black Memorial Stadium in Mount Airy.


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