Carver High scored its first touchdown in only one minute, 46 seconds. The second scoring drive only took a few ticks over a minute. By the time the first half had ended, the Tigers had reached the end zone four more times, and never looked back.
It was that kind of night on Thursday for Carver, which spent most of its 52-6 win over visiting Southwest-Macon polishing its execution on both sides of the ball.
“We’re still just trying to get better,” Tigers coach Joe Kegler said after the game. “We were able to do some good stuff on both sides.”
The win was the fourth in a row for Carver (6-1, 3-0 Region 2-AAA), which travels to Central-Macon (1-5, 1-1) next week before hosting Peach County in what will likely be the de facto region championship game on Nov. 1.
The Tigers put on an offensive clinic in the first half, totaling 355 yards on a very balanced offensive attack. Quarterback Jawon Pass threw 16 passes, while the running game ran 12 times.
Pass and receivers Nate Barley and Dreilon Freeman were the most prolific on that side of the ball, picking up big chunks of yardage on a handful of quick passes. Barley hauled in a 16-yard touchdown pass for the first score, and, after a rushing touchdown by Dequindre Coleman, Freeman went 63 yards through the air for a score. Both reached the end zone again in the half, Freeman on a 72-yarder and Barley on a 22-yarder.
All told, Pass completed 10 of 16 for 244 yards, four passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown before taking a seat after the intermission. Barley caught four for 83 yards and two scores, and Freeman had four for 164 and two scores.
“Jawon made a lot of good passes,” Kegler said. “He was on the same page with the receivers, and I thought we had a balanced attack.”
Coleman had 54 rushing yards to go with his touchdown run, and Noah Hickey carried six times for 65 yards.
Kenneth Dorsey and Javontay Marton each had rushing touchdowns for the second team in the second half.
The Carver defense allowed very little all game, with the starters surrendering only 17 yards of total offense in the first half. The first-teamers had four sacks before the break, as well. Southwest-Macon’s (0-8, 0-4) only points came on a 59-yard run on a fake punt by Patrick Sinclair with under two minutes to go in the game.
Thursday at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium
Southwest 0 0 0 6—6
Carver 14 26 6 6—52
C—Nate Barley 16 pass from Jawon Pass (Pass failed); 10:14
C—Dequindre Coleman 9 run (Dreilon Freeman pass from Pass); 6:35
C—Freeman 63 pass from Pass (Coleman run); 11:25
C—Pass 2 run (kick failed); 7:17
C—Freeman 72 pass from Pass (kick failed); 4:25
C—Barley 22 pass from Pass (Kneel); 2:29
C—Kenneth Dorsey 3 run (Kneel); 8:55
C—Javontay Marton 2 run (Kneel); 4:49
S—Patrick Sinclair 59 run (Run failed); 1:41
Records: Southwest-Macon, 0-8, 0-4; Carver, 6-1, 3-0. Next: Southwest-Macon, Oct. 25 at Henry County; Carver, Oct. 25 at Central-Macon.