High School Sports

Carver clobbers Westover, clinches second in region, will host first-round playoff game

Carver’s opening drive of Monday night’s game against Westover ends with a touchdown pass from Jaylen Joyner to Jarius Thomas at Kinnett Stadium, October 29, 2018.
Carver’s opening drive of Monday night’s game against Westover ends with a touchdown pass from Jaylen Joyner to Jarius Thomas at Kinnett Stadium, October 29, 2018. Special to the Ledger-Enquirer

The Carver Tigers played what their head coach called their best game of the year Monday night as they clobbered Westover 44-13 at Kinnett Stadium, clinching second place in Region 1-AAAA, which means they will host a first-round state playoff game.

So the outcome of their regular-season finale, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Americus-Sumter, won’t affect their standing in the region, because they can’t catch first-place Cairo and none of the other teams can catch them.

Carver improved to 8-1 overall and 6-1 in the region. Westover fell to 6-4 and 4-3. They played Monday night because their originally scheduled game was postponed due to Hurricane Michael.

“We’re excited to clinch that second seed and lock up the home-field advantage,” said Carver coach Corey Joyner.

The Tigers led the entire game, highlighted by Joyner’s son, senior quarterback Jaylen Joyner, who threw four touchdown passes: two to junior Jacyais Credle and one apiece to seniors Jarius Thomas and Kevon Taylor.

Junior running back Khiari McCoy scored two touchdowns, one on a kickoff return and the other rushing. Junior defensive back Ja’Corey Harper set up one of Carver’s scores with an interception.

“Defense played lights out,” Joyner said. “It definitely was a team effort. Our guys came out focused.”

LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE

Football

Thursday, Nov. 1

Jordan vs. Spencer, Kinnett Stadium, 7 p.m.

Friday Nov. 2

Columbus vs. Northside, Kinnett Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Carver at Americus-Sumter, 7:30 p.m.

Kendrick at Pike County, 7:30 p.m.

Shaw at LaGrange, 7:30 p.m.

Dooly County at Brookstone, 7:30 p.m.

Taylor County at Pacelli, 7:30 p.m.

Chattahoochee County at Stewart County, 7:30 p.m.

Macon County at Manchester, 7:30 p.m.

Schley County at Marion County, 7:30 p.m.

Flint River at Calvary Christian, 7:30 p.m.

Russell County at Booker T. Washington, 8 p.m.

Smiths Station at Eufaula, 8 p.m.

Glenwood at Pike Liberal Arts, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 3

Hardaway vs. Westover, Kinnett Stadium, 11 a.m.

Cross Country

Saturday, Nov. 3

State championship meets at Carrollton

Cheerleading

Saturday, Nov. 3

Hardaway at Peachtree Ridge

Northside at Colquitt County

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

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