The huge hit by Cole Griffin underscores the Cardinals defensive shutout in the second half against Carthage and deserves the Red Zone Play of the Week.
In the fourth quarter of North Central Football’s 64-13 win over Carthage College at Carthage, both the offensive and defensive of the second team got plenty of snaps and chances to shine.
That included junior linebacker Cole Griffin, who took on his second solo tackle of the year in his third game of the season by turning Firebirds receiver Mehki Williams on his head. It drew quite a gasp from the home crowd, and luckily Williams was unharmed and quickly bounced back on his feet despite the speed of the impact.
Griffin also played against Aurora and Augustana, recording a solo tackle and tackle assist in the latter competition as well as against Augustana.
Griffin helped the Cardinals keep the Carthage offensive off the board for the entire second half, the fourth game in a row that the Cardinals Defense has done so. In combination with the third-placed Scoring Offense of the Cardinals, the team leads the nation in the average win margin.
The North Central Defense ranks 4th in Division III in Scoring Defense.
Griffin is a graduate of Victor J. Andrew High School in Tinley Park, IL.