Game of the Week: Carver Vs. Spencer
THIS YEARS HERITAGE BOWL COMES WITH HIGH STAKES
Friday night lights in the bi-city area brings us some of high school football’s great rivalries, but maybe none more historic the Heritage Bowl between the Carver Tigers and the Spencer Greenwave.
“It’s got a college feel to it,” Says Spencer head coach Justin Newman. “Albany state and fort valley play down here, its just as big”
The Tigers and Greenwave couldn’t be coming off of more opposite weeks, the Tigers beat Harris County in a 20-16 thriller, while the Greenwave lost to Columbus High School 42-6.
“All records are out the door once Spencer and Caver meet,” Says Carver head coach Corey Joyner. “It doesn’t matter what they did last week. That’s what we’re trying to fight against and let the team know that’s not going to be the same Spencer team that showed up Friday night against Columbus”
Last year Spencer emerged victorious in this matchup for the first time in 19 years, spoiling Carvers chance to win 20 straight games against their biggest rival.
“Disappointing, felt like we let the community down,” Says Carver Junior wide receiver Jacyias Credle.
“I felt awful after we lost, I couldn’t even sleep at night,” Said Carver Junior running back Khari Mccoy.
“The Spencer loss last year, was last year,” stated Joyner. We’re a different coaching staff and I believe we have a different team.”
As for the Spencer Greenwave and their preparation a poor week one performance is not distracting them from the importance of this game.
“They understand how big it is because most of them have been in it,” Says Newman. “They’ve been sharing it with these young Freshman and I think the Freshmen are getting it as well”
“We have to buy in, we have to be focused, locked into the game and try our hardest” Says Spencer Senior Linebacker Amani Byrd. “I have faith in my team. These are my brothers and we got to go fight for each other”
Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm at AJ McClung Memorial Stadium.