When Corey Jarvis took the helm as Mays head coach, his first goal was to return the Raiders to its place among Atlanta’s winningest programs.
The program had not slipped much, but a 5-5 regular season and no playoffs in 2012 was enough for a change at the top. Carver-Atlanta provided a proper measuring stick before the Raiders begin play in Region 6-AAAAA, regarded by some as the state’s best league.
The Raiders showed some work is needed to compete against DeKalb powers Tucker, Stephenson and M.L. King. Mays struggled offensively and Carver took advantage of special teams mistakes to win 20-19 at Lakewood Stadium Friday night.
“We can’t play the way we played tonight and expect to win football games,” Jarvis said. “This is not the brand of football we teach.”
Carver capitalized on an early Mays miscue when junior tailback Charlie Patrick scored on a 6-yard run with 5:14 left in the first quarter. Three plays before, Mays lost a fumble at its own 23 and Patrick scored on his second carry after the turnover.
On the next possession Mays punter Jordan Goodlett mishandled a snap and Carver’s Demarcus Colbert recovered the ball at the Mays 29. Patrick scored his second rushing touchdown from two yards away with 2:02 left in the first quarter. With 2:39 to play before halftime, a second punt inside the Mays 10 was botched and resulted in a safety, giving Carver a 14-0 lead.
Mays scored with 7:16 to go in the third quarter when quarterback Ayinde Russell scrambled in from 10 yards out, and Russell pulled Mays within 14-13 when he found Tyshawn Brown for a 26-yard touchdown pass with 2:34 left in the period. Russell converted a 4th-and-15 to Brown, who was wide open in the middle of the field.
Patrick, who finished with 55 yards rushing, scored his third rushing touchdown to push Carver ahead 20-13 with 10:08 to go. “We like to run the ball downhill and Charlie is our guy for that,” Carver head coach Darren Myles said.
Russell found Brown for a second time, from 47 yards away, to pull Mays within 20-19 with 9:15 to play. The point-after-touchdown failed.
Mays plays its remaining schedule against region opponents. Jarvis, who won 49 games in five years at M.L. King, knows the territory. “We have to get better fast,” Jarvis said. “I know what I have to do.”
Mays 0 0 13 6 19
Carver 12 2 0 6 20
C – Charlie Patrick 6 run (kick failed)
C – Patrick 2 run (pass failed)
C – Safety
M – Ayinde Russell 10 run (Keenan Anderson kick)
M – Russell 26 pass to Tyshawn Brown (kick blocked)
C – Patrick 10 run (pass failed)
M – Russell 47 pass to Brown (kick failed)