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Jaquez Parks was picked off repeatedly over the first three quarters and pass after pass for the Griffin senior quarterback found grass rather than hands.
When it came to crunch time, though, Parks was money.
Trailing by nine points with just over seven minutes left, Parks engineered two touchdown drives to push No. 2 Griffin to a 32-26 win at No. 1 Sandy Creek and a date in the Class AAAA state semifinals. Parks completed 8 of 9 passes for 125 yards in the fourth period
Sandy Creek held a 26-17 lead before Parks hit Christian Owens with a 6-yard pass with 6:03 left to cut the lead to two. The key play in the drive was a 49-yard pass to Trey Willis, who broke multiple tackles and raced to the Sandy Creek 11 to set up the score.
Griffin (13-0) held Sandy Creek without a first down on the next series, and Parks completed 4 of 5 passes in seven-play, 64-yard drive to the winning score, a 1-yard run by Telly Sloan.
Nic Williams’ interception with 1:03 left sealed the win for