On top of spoiling senior night at Grady Stadium, visiting Carver snatched away the Region 6-AAAA, Division B title from the Grey Knights with a 28-7 victory Friday night.
Carver (7-2 overall, 5-0 in Region 6-AAAA, Division B) took the subregion for the second year in a row and will take on No. 7 Marist for the 6-AAAA region title next week. The Panthers will enter the region title rematch on a five-game winning streak due in part to a forfeit victory against Washington last week.
The Panthers scored 28 unanswered points after a fumble return gave Grady its only lead late in the first quarter. Quarterback Jordan Holden missed a receiver on a pass that was ruled a lateral. The ball was recovered by Grady defender Nigel Walton, who ran in from 60 yards to put the Grey Knights ahead with 3:20 left in the first quarter.
“Not having played last week, we were a little unsure of what we were going to get. But we came out ready to play and got the job done,” Carver head coach Darren Myles said. “I’m extremely proud of our boys. We held them out of the end zone and they had been playing very well offensively.”
Carver responded with a seven-play drive and tied the game behind a sneak from Holden. Gregory Payton picked up 39 of the Panthers’ 58 yards. The Panthers went ahead 14-7 with 5:42 left in the second quarter when Charlie Patrick scored on a 19-yard run. The 66-yard drive included two passes from Holden to Joseph Mosley for 32 yards. The second completion put Carver at the Grady 19, and Patrick scored on the next play.
Holden and Patrick each scored fourth-quarter touchdowns to put away the game.
“Once we got out here and realized what was at stake, the kids found the energy they needed,” Myles said.
Grady (7-2 overall, 4-1 in Region 6-AAAA, Division B) had won seven in a row after a 7-6 loss to Decatur in the season opener. The Grey Knights will play Columbia in the 6-AAAA region third-place game next week.
Carver 0 14 0 14 28
Grady 7 0 0 0 7
G – Nigel Walton 60 fum ret (kick good)
C – Jordan Holden 1 run (Kentrell Barber kick)
C – Charlie Patrick 19 run (Barber kick)
C – Holden 1 run (Barber kick)
C – Patrick 47 run (Barber kick)