In a week where it is preparing to play Creekside in a potential statement game to announce its presence after moving up from Class AAA, Carver wanted as much time on the practice field as possible.
On this day, though, the football players were huddled in the hallway by the school gymnasium, waiting out the storm that had come through suddenly on Wednesday.
Not the week to get delayed, Tigers coach Joe Kegler agreed.
"Not at all," he said with a slight shake of the head and resigned smile.
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While the game doesn't mean anything when it comes to region or playoff standing, the Tigers know this is an opportunity to show they belong with the big boys. Rising from Class AA to AAA and now to AAAAA, they know they won't get respect as a true state contender until they prove it on the field against a proven winner.
Enter: Creekside. The defending Class AAAAA state champ, Creekside features a litany of top-notch players, even without senior wide receiver Jayson Stanley, a Georgia commit who tore his ACL in Creekside's loss to Langston Hughes last week.
That loss ended a 16-game winning streak for the Seminoles, who cruised to the 2013 state championship by winning every game but two by double digits. It also dropped them from No. 1 to No. 5 in the latest poll. Carver is No. 8.
"They're big on the offensive line," Kegler said. "They still have a ton of playmakers even with the injury. They have two great running backs, a couple good receivers and the quarterback does a good job of putting the ball where it needs to be. They do a good job of running the ball down your throat, running it until you can't take no more."
That offensive line includes Venzell Boulware, a four-star recruit committed to Tennessee, and Marquell Harrell, a three-star headed to Auburn. Wide receiver Rashad Blunt is committed to Rutgers, and running back Bricen Terry and defensive back Joshua Moon have Division-I attention, as well.
And they're coached by Olten Downs, a Shaw High graduate and former assistant at Carver. He coached under former Tigers coach Dell McGee alongside Kegler until he took the head coaching position at Riverdale. After two seasons and a playoff appearance there, he headed off to Creekside, where he went 15-0 and won a title in his first season at the helm.
"He's always been a great coach," Kegler said of Downs. "The state championship game, I was there. I couldn't have been more happy for him if I was on his staff. He does a great job with those guys. He has them ready to play every week. He makes them go 100 percent every down, and you've got to be ready for that."
Kegler compared coaching against Downs to a sibling rivalry.
"It'll almost be like going out in your backyard to fight your brother," he said.
Downs was not available for comment.
Make no mistake, though, it's a fight Carver expects to win.
Senior defender Mekhi Brown said he felt like Creekside was beatable after watching some of its film. Not weak, just beatable.
"Looking at the film, they're obviously hard," he said. "They're going to do a lot of things right, and we just have to play a complete game."
That's something he admitted Carver hasn't done yet. The defense played well in the opener, but struggled early against Spencer last week. Conversely, the offense couldn't get off the ground against Carver-Atlanta, but got into a great rhythm in the next outing.
"Really, I don't think we've played our best," Brown said. "I feel like we've got to take this game real personal, like we've got something to prove. This week is an opportunity to make a statement."
That statement, he said, would be that Carver is ready to contend for a state title.
"If we win this game, we can look at ourselves as one of the best teams in the state," he said.
"We just need to prove ourselves to everyone that we can win big games."