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.
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