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Can Dutchtown break the Griffin jinx?

Photo by Brian Paglia
Dutchtown coach Jason Galt and his squad will try to snap Griffin’s 26-game win streak over Henry County schools when the No. 7-ranked Bears pay a visit to Hampton today.

Photo by Brian Paglia Dutchtown coach Jason Galt and his squad will try to snap Griffin’s 26-game win streak over Henry County schools when the No. 7-ranked Bears pay a visit to Hampton today.

Griffin vs. the Southern Crescent

School Record

Dutchtown 4-0

Eagle’s Landing 2-0

Forest Park 29-8-1

Henry County 4-0

Jonesboro 37-2

Lovejoy 7-3

Luella 2-0

Morrow 15-7

Mount Zion 6-2

North Clayton 23-2

Ola 4-0

Riverdale 20-3

Stockbridge 6-0

Union Grove 2-0

Woodland 2-0

Total 163-27

Earlier this week, Dutchtown defensive coordinator Terry Herrod asked on his Facebook page could anyone match his intensity.

“Dutchtown vs Griffin!!!!!!!!!!!!! Enough Said!!!! I need yall to step up!!!!!!!!!!!! MATCH MY INTENSITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,” Herrod posted.

He had 62 likes and 14 comments. One friend stated that it’s impossible to match Herrod’s intensity.

But if the Bulldogs are to turn their fortunes against the Griffin program, the players will have to be equally, or even more intense, than the animated Herrod.

Dutchtown is 0-4 against Griffin, which enters the season ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press Preseason Poll with 18 returning starters.

The Bulldogs, who are coming off a 5-5 campaign last season, can match that with 20 starters back.

But what they haven’t been able to overcome is Griffin’s dominance against Southern Crescent opponents. The Griffin program is 26-0 in games against teams from Henry County. Throw in the Bears 137-27 mark against Clayton County schools, and they are a combined 163-27 against the two counties.

Dutchtown looks to break the Griffin jinx when the schools meet today at Bulldogs Stadium in Hampton.

“That’s definitely something that we’ve talked about, trying to make history,” Dutchtown coach Jason Galt said. “When I first got here, every year we’ve talked about making history, from the first year to the second year to the third year.”

And Dutchtown has come close under Galt.

Last season, Griffin got a 28-18 come-from-behind win at home. In 2010, the year the Bulldogs advanced to the state quarterfinals, Griffin won 10-6 after Bears running back broke off a long touchdown run late in the game.

“They have always played us tough,” said Griffin coach Steve DeVoursney, who is entering his 12th season at the helm.

DeVoursney also noted that the majority of the meetings have come late in the season.

“Usually we both get a lot better (as the season goes on), so it’ll be interesting to see how it turns out and who has the advantage,” he said.

“We’re trying to establish tradition here,” Galt said. “We’re not nearly as old as Griffin is. This is only our eighth year. We’re trying to establish a tradition of winning, and of course beating those guys would help establish that tradition.”

Staff writer Brian Paglia and the Griffin Daily News contributed to this article.