Carver-Atlanta 22, Grady 19

The ball bounced the right way for Carver-Atlanta once again.

The Panthers’ boom-or-bust special teams’ play and a fourth-down stand in the final two minutes held up in a 22-19 win over city rival Grady Friday at Lakewood Stadium.

With four minutes to play, Carver-Atlanta blocked Grady punter Omar Skandari at the goal line and recovered at the Grey Knights’ 2-yard line. A personal foul pushed the ball to the 1, where quarterback Jordan Holden scored on first down. Derrick Johnson’s two-point conversion made the score 22-19.

Grady regained possession at their 23, and needing 12 yards on fourth down got 11 on a completed pass from quarterback Kivon Taylor. Carver-Atlanta took over and ran out the clock to remain undefeated.

The Panthers (9-0, 5-0) claimed the 6-AAAA Division B title and home field for an opening-round playoff game in two weeks. The victory also secured home field advantage for the region championship game against either Marist or Chamblee.

For the fourth time in nine games this season, the Panthers won a game decided by three points or fewer, including a victory against Washington last week by the identical score.

“Our guys came up with a crucial stop at a crucial point in the game,” Carver-Atlanta coach Darren Myles said. “They did a great job of staying composed and pulling through.”

Montravious Taylor rushed for 196 yards on 27 carries for Carver, including 158 after halftime. His touchdown with 11:24 left to play gave the Panthers a 14-13 lead. He also converted a third-down to secure the victory.

“He’s such a hard worker, and a relentless guy,” Myles said of the senior running back. “He was sore earlier in the week so we rested him. We love him.”

Grady capitalized on a Carver turnover on downs to go ahead early in the second quarter. The Grey Knights took over at the 50 and scored eight plays later when Isiah Jenkins ran in from 13 yards out.

On the ensuing kickoff, Khai Anderson went 90 yards up the left sideline for Carver, and Holden hit Roc’M Nesbitt for a two-point conversion to put the Panthers ahead 8-6.

Grady (7-2, 5-1) opened the second half with a 68-yard scoring drive capped off by a 50-yard run from Hakeem Todd. Todd finished the game with 111 yards rushing on 16 carries. Along with the blocked punt, the Grey Knights had a point-after-touchdown blocked and a two-point conversion refused.

“In both games we’ve lost this year, special teams hurt us,” Grady head coach Ronnie Millen.

The Grey Knights will play either Stone Mountain or Columbia in a region play-in game next week.

Grady – 0 – 6 – 7 – 6 – 19
Carver – 0 – 8 – 0 – 14 – 22

Grady — Isiah Jenkins 13 run (kick blocked)
Carver – Khai Anderson 90 kick ret (Jordan Holden pass to Roc’M Nesbitt)
Grady – Hakeem Todd 50 run (Nick Caamano kick)
Carver – Montravious Taylor 13 run (pass failed)
Grady – Jenkins 13 run (pass failed)
Carver- Holden 1 run (Derrick Johnson run)

14 comments Add your comment


November 2nd, 2012
9:17 pm

Now can Carver Be Ranked??????????? Probably not, we got to beat Marist to get to rank 10.


November 2nd, 2012
10:30 pm

Beat Marist and you absolutely will be ranked. You just haven’t played a real team yet, so nobody knows how good you really are


November 2nd, 2012
10:41 pm

@BRAH… they played Mays…. so far Mays is the only team to have MLK on the ropes… 23-14 4mins left in 4qt. They beat Washington….. Give up for Coach McCrary and the defensive unit, 4 wins by 3 pts or less…. BIG UPS. CITY CHAMPIONS…. Now beat the brake off Marist.


November 3rd, 2012
12:30 am

Congrats Montravious G-dub from Barbershop II West Side!!!!!!


November 3rd, 2012
9:17 am

Look at those Mighty Panthers!!!! Y’all did THAT!!!!! Where’s Frank & Wanda now?!?!?

Carver Panther 1

November 3rd, 2012
11:23 am

The Undisputed City champs.

We don’t need validation from writers we just need to keep showing up and sending the non believers home disappointed.

“These are not your daddy’s Carver Panther”

Let’s go Panthers !!!!

We all we Got and don't need anymore!!

November 3rd, 2012
12:36 pm

Good game and congratulations to the Panthers! Good luck with the Region Title! We will be supporting and cheering you on. Rep the city well!

Grey Knights we have to shake this one off and prepare for the games ahead! Its not over until the last game is played!! GK..GK

Dekalb Co Guy

November 3rd, 2012
12:41 pm

Without a doubt, city champs for sure. Yeah Carver has come a long way. I do remember back when I played, Carver was an automatic W on everybody’s schedule.

Good luck against Marist next week.

Carver-ATL Has A Chance

November 3rd, 2012
8:48 pm

Carver fans you all are having a good year but a lot of your wins were very close games. I know a win is a win but you need to dominate more games, beat or play Marist soundly and get past the second round of the playoffs and then you will start getting the love you feel that you deserve.


November 3rd, 2012
11:07 pm

If you’re 9-0, you should be ranked. Schedule might be easier than some, but it’s just hard to win them all so late in the season. And of course Carver is specially handicapped by having to play games called by those awful City of Atlanta officials!

Panther4life, Class of 1964

November 4th, 2012
1:51 am

As a 3 Generations Carver High Family, WE BELIEVE IN YOU!!! AND ARE SO VERY PROUD OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS. Keep up the good works, and always have pride in yourselves, and your school. “CHALLENGE BUILDS CHAMPIONS”

Pastor Alphabet

November 4th, 2012
7:28 am

When we come to play, we let others know Access has been Denied. Our boys came to slam the door on anyone that would step on field of play. I thank God for my son. For him not giving up but staying with his team and helping them on the side line. Love you boy. Keep your head up. God’s got great things in store for you. And fathers, thank you being there.

Glennis Curry

November 5th, 2012
5:19 pm

Carver-Atlanta has a huge offensive line and two very good RBs, just what you need when the weather cools. In games I’ve seen the Panthers are victim to slow starts, and that must be eradicated if they want to make a late run.

nate c

November 9th, 2012
11:51 pm

Your team is as good as your coaches /coach the game and cavern has a great coach keep up the good job