Friday, February 28, 2020






Carver Squeaks Out 18-13 Victory over Jeff Davis in AHSAA Kickoff Classic Thursday

MONTGOMERY -- Carver High School  scored twice in the first half to take a 12-0 lead. The Wolverines defense came up with a goal-line stand in the final seconds of the first half that stopped Jeff Davis inside the 1-yard line turned out to be the difference as Carver downed the Vols 18-13 Thursday night at Cramton Bowl in the first game of the AHSAA 2019 Kickoff Classic. The game officially kicked off the 2019 prep football season.
    The second game of the Kickoff Classic gets underway Friday night at 7 p.m. with Class 7A top-ranked Central-Phenix City, the defending state champs, taking on second-ranked Hoover. The game will be televised over the AHSAA TV Network and livestreamed over the NFHS Network. WOTM is producing the game which will also be available on several cable affiliates across the state. The Hoover and Central NFHS School Broadcast Programs will also live-stream the game and the AHSAA Radio Network will broadcast the game over its network of radio affiliates.
      With Carver clinging to its 12-point lead, 202-pound Vols senior Jireh German took a handoff at the 1-yard line but was met in the hole by Wolverines linebacker Andre  Howard, who stuff the play for a 2-yard loss back to the 3 as time expired in the first half.
      Jeff Davis scored quickly in the third quarter when Marcus Webb, who finished with 67 yards rushing on 15 carries, sped 47 yards for s touchdown just 73 seconds into the second half.  Carver responded quickly, however. Kendarius Cobb was spotted all alone on the right sideline and Williams, who completed 11-of-20 passes for 232 yards, spotted him for  65-yard TD connection.
      The Wolverines defense took control for much of the rest of the game stopping the Vols at the Carver 2-yard line when Juwon Gaston made a diving interception with 3:44 left. Four plays later, Jeff Davis’ Tony Hardy recovered a Wolverines fumble in the end zone for a Jeff Davis touchdown to cut the lead to 18-13.
     The Vols did get the ball back one more time at the JD 26-yard line with 54 seconds remaining. Bobby McDonald sacked Webb for s 13-yard loss on second down and Carver squeaked out the win.
       Carver took the lead with 31 seconds left in the first quarter when receiver Nadarius Harris go behind a stubborn Jeff Davis defense and quarterback Kole Williams gunned a perfect pass for a 57-yard TD connection. Juwan Taylor, who had an outstanding game defensively for the Vols, blocked the kick.
     Carver used 10 plays to march 64 yards to a touchdown late in the second quarter. Williams sneaked in from the 2, but it appeared that he had fumbled at the goal line with 1:47 left in the period. Carver challenged the call and after review, the Wolverines were awarded the touchdown.  
     Williams also rushed for 35 yards on 24 carries for Coach James Thompson’s Wolverines. Harris was Carver’s leading receiver with five catches for 119 yards and the one score. Tyrone Johnson had 11 tackles, Joshua Young and Ira Davis had eight each and Andre Howard finished with eight for the Wolverines.
   Jeff Davis’ Webb was 14-of-26 passing for 189 yards to finish with 254 total yards. Reginald Summage caught nine passes for 136 yards, and Ernest George had seven rush attempts for 35 yards. Leading the Vols on defense was Juwan Taylor who had 10 tackles including three for losses.
     The Vols had 331 total yards and Carver had 311.

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