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Columbus area high school football scores, highlights: Carver stays unbeaten

New Carver High football coach impressed with team attitude

Corey Joyner joined the Carver High Tigers as head football coach this academic, and faces his former school Dougherty High of Albany this Friday, Sept. 14, at Memorial Stadium
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Corey Joyner joined the Carver High Tigers as head football coach this academic, and faces his former school Dougherty High of Albany this Friday, Sept. 14, at Memorial Stadium

The resurgence of the Carver Tigers continued Friday night. This time, at the expense of their new head coach’s former team.

Carver clobbered the Dougherty Trojans 41-0 at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium. The Tigers remained undefeated as they improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in Region 1-AAAA — already surpassing last year’s victory total. Dougherty remained winless, falling to 0-4 overall and 0-3 in the region.

Corey Joyner was hired at Carver to replace Calvin Arnold, who went 3-7 overall and 3-4 in the region with the Tigers last season. He is Carver’s fourth head coach in as many seasons.

Carver dominated Dougherty early, leading 14-0 at the end of the first quarter and 34-0 at halftime.

Despite compiling a 10-48 record at Dougherty, Joyner guided the Trojans to the Georgia High School Association Class AAA playoffs the past two seasons — the first consecutive appearances in the program’s history. He also doubled the program’s players from approximately 30 to 60.

Joyner called facing his former team and alma mater “emotional.”

“You don’t every want to embarrass kids,” he said. “Dougherty is still my home, and they’re still a growing team. We’re just happy with the victory and no injuries.”

The win also was bittersweet for the Joyner’s son, Jaylen, the Tigers’ senior quarterback, who had to compete against his former teammates but threw three touchdown passes. No other stats were available.

Joyner praised Carver’s offensive and defensive lines for controlling the line of scrimmage.

“It was a total team effort,” he said.

Central 49, Prattville 6

The Red Devils (4-0 overall, 1-0 Region 2-7A), ranked second in Alabama Class 7A, made a case to be No. 1 as they rolled on the road at Prattville and gave the Lions (2-1, 0-1) their first loss of the season.

Jamey DuBose, in his fifth season as Central’s head coach, again guided the Red Devils over Prattville, where he was the head coach 2008-11, including the 2008 Class 6A state championship. Central now has beaten Prattville five straight, all with DuBose as a Red Devil.

Central led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter and 42-0 at halftime.

The scoring highlight for the Red Devils was a 70-yard touchdown connections from Tucker Melton to Peter Jakes. Melton lofted his pass approximately 25 yards, over the defensive back, and Jakes ran untouched down the left sideline to make it 21-0 early in the second quarter.

Melton finishes only 2-for-2 passing for 103 yards, but both of his completions went for touchdowns. Peter Parrish split time with Melton at quarterback and was 5-of-8 for 87 yards.

A’montae Spivey rushed 11 times for 118 yards and two touchdowns. Joseph McKay had 10 carries for 45 yards and two touchdowns. Eddie Williams was Central’s leading receiver, collecting three receptions for 98 yards and one touchdown.

Central had 17 first downs, Prattville 11. Central totaled 403 yards (203 rushing, 200 passing), Prattville 127 (60 rushing, 67 passing).

Brookstone 37, First Presbyterian Day 14

Brookstone quarterback Ben Sloan contributed to three touchdowns to spark the Cougars in this non-region home game.

Sloan rushed for two scores and passed for 37 yards to Hap Perkins on the other one.

Wills Cottrell led the Cougars on the ground with 15 carries for 116 yards and one touchdown. Jeremiah Burgess added 89 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries.

Brookstone improved to 2-1. FPD remained winless at 0-4.

Pacelli 42, Pataula Charter 0

The Pacelli Vikings pounded the Pataula Charter Panthers for an easy non-region road victory in Edison, Ga.

Pacelli jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and cruised the rest of the way, scoring a touchdown in each of the final three quarters.

The Vikings evened their overall record at 2-2, notching both of their wins away from home. Pataula fell to 0-4.

Marion County 41, Bleckley County 39

This wild non-region game finished in fittingly wild fashion in Cochran, Ga.

Bleckley’s final touchdown cut Marion’s lead to two points with 2 minutes left. The Royals got the ball back via a successful onside kick. Three completions put Bleckley in scoring position, but the Eagles’ pass rush flushed the quarterback out of the pocket, and hits from Travon Mathews and Fred Alridge forced a fumble. Kendrick Hawkins recovered on the Marion 23-yards line with 55 seconds left, and the Eagles ran out the clock.

Mathews led Marion on the ground with 24 carries for 208 yards and three touchdowns. Marion quarterback Trice McCannon had 13 carries for 154 yards and completed seven of 13 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns. His favorite target was Josh Rodgers, who had four catches for 91 yards and one touchdown.

The Eagles stayed unbeaten at 4-0. The Royals fell to 2-2.

Americus-Sumter 21, Shaw 0

Too many penalties and missed tackles and not enough capitalizing on their chances plagued the Raiders at Americus, Ga., said associate head coach Parise Bailey.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Panthers slipped away from the Raiders with one touchdown in each of the final three quarters.

Shaw fell to 2-2 overall and 1-2 in Region 1-AAAA. Americus improved to 2-2 overall and 2-0 in the region.

Mark Rice, 706-576-6272, @MarkRiceLE.