Entering the 2013 season, there were a lot of expectations resting on the shoulders of Carver’s sophomore quarterback Jawon Pass.
On Friday, everyone found out why.
In only his second start for the Tigers, the aptly named Pass completed 16 of 21 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns, adding 33 yards and two touchdowns on the ground en route to a 48-24 Carver victory over Shaw at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium.
Those numbers for Pass came in two and a half quarters of action. With his team holding a big lead, he left midway through the third quarter due to leg cramps.
“He had a good week of practice,” coach Joe Kegler said after the game. “There are still some things we can work on, but those guys are doing a good job of getting better every week.”
After showing his enormous potential early in last week’s win over Spencer, Pass ran into some trouble with timing, missing a couple of opportunities for long pass plays.
That wasn’t a problem this week.
On only the third play of the game, Pass hit wide receiver Raeckwon Lowe for a 65-yard gain that set the Tigers up on the Shaw 1-yard line. Lowe did a lot of the work on this particular pass, dodging a couple defenders and racing for about 60 of the 65 yards.
That drive culminated in Pass’ first rushing touchdown of the day, a 1-yard sneak that put the Tigers ahead by seven.
Two offensive possessions later, Pass hit Dreilon Freeman for a 20-yard touchdown reception, the third of their seven pass connections in the game. On the play, Freeman caught a mid-range pass on the left sideline, changed direction and slipped into the end zone for a 14-0 lead. Pass and Freeman connected again for a touchdown in the second quarter, this one a 50-yarder that Freeman caught in perfect stride to put Carver ahead 28-3. In all, Freeman caught seven passes for 151 yards and two scores.
“They had him one-on-one all day,” Pass said of Shaw’s defense against Freeman. “I knew he had the speed. I don’t even have to make the difficult throws. I can just put it in his hands and let him work.”
Pass showed off his legs in the second quarter, too, on a 19-yard touchdown run, during which he changed direction a handful of times, got to the 4-yard line and carried two Raider defenders across the goal line with him.
Noah Hickey, who carried 12 times for 36 yards, scored the Tigers’ final first-half touchdown on a 2-yard dive for a 35-3 halftime lead.
“We can be awesome on offense when everyone’s clicking like that,” he said after the game. “The line did a great job again opening holes and giving Jawon time.”
Somehow overshadowed was the Carver defense, which was dominant once again. It forced five turnovers, four of which were interceptions. One of the interceptions was returned 51 yards for a touchdown by Dequindre Coleman to put Carver ahead 41-3 in the third. Kiante Walton, who had one of the other interceptions, added a special teams touchdown with an 88-yard kickoff return. Tailik Quarterman had the other two interceptions.
“They helped me out a lot,” Pass said of the defense. “They got me a touchdown and got me some good field position."
Shaw got its touchdowns on an 83-yard kick off return by Rodney Clark, a 33-yard touchdown pass from Tyron Huff to Jakobi long and a 16-yard fumble return by Jacorey Butler.
Carver gets a big test against Colquitt County next week.
“It’s a good opportunity to see where we are,” Pass said.
Friday at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium
Shaw 0 3 14 7—24
Carver 14 21 13 0—48
C—Jawon Pass 1 run (Oscar Estrada kick); 10:55
C—Dreilon Freeman 20 pass from Jawon Pass (Oscar Estrada kick); 5:37
C—Jawon Pass 19 run (Oscar Estrada kick); 9:33
S—Hunter Eaton 24 field goal; 7:43
C—Dreilon Freeman 50 pass from Jawon Pass (Oscar Estrada kick); 7:19
C—Noah Hickey 2 run (Oscar Estrada kick); 3:38
C—Dequindre Coleman 51 interception return (kick failed); 4:03
S—Rodney Clark 83 kickoff return (Hunter Eaton kick); 3:44
S—Jakobi Long 33 pass from Tyrone Huff (Hunter Eaton kick); :54
C—Kiante Walton 88 kickoff return (Oscar Estrada kick); :36
S—Jacorey Butler 16 fumble return (Hunter Eaton kick); 5:52
Records: Shaw, 1-1; Carver, 2-0. Next: Shaw, Sept. 12 vs. Hardaway; Carver, Sept. 13 at Colquitt County.