Carver’s Replenished Roster Fills Gaps on Offense
TIGERS LOOK TO DEFEND FIRST REGION TITLE SINCE 2015
Muscogee County kicked off summer conditioning Monday, July 6 this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Starting a month behind the rest of Georgia was a first for many area coaches, including Carver Head Coach Corey Joyner who’s been working out in June ever since he played college football.
“We do workouts in June,” said Joyner. “That was the first June I’ve had off since 1996.”
The Carver Tigers haven’t missed a beat after starting summer conditioning in the month of July, thanks to Zoom call preparation and at-home workouts. The young guys are working hard to fill the roles of 17 former seniors, including receiver Ja’Cyais ‘Stretch’ Credle and running back Khiari McCoy. They both signed to play college football this fall.
“There’s really no one that can fill those two roles,” said Joyner. “I mean it’s going to be done by a collective group. We’re going to be more of a team as far as not focusing on that one player to make that home run hit.”
Junior quarterback Devin Riles will have an arsenal of offensive weapons, so these next few weeks will be important for team chemistry.
“The receiving core is young, so it’s going to be good for next year and this year,” said Riles. “We just got to keep learning.”
During basketball season, Carver acquired senior wide receiver and linebacker Zavion Evans who transferred from Spencer High School. The 6’3″ receiver looks to help fill the void of UCF’s newest receiver Credle.
“Help out as much as I can,” said Evans. “Try to fill in the role after ‘Stretch’ left. Try to continue what he started.”
Junior running back Jaiden Credle is determined as ever after overcoming two injuries last season. The cracked bone in his foot and shoulder injury sidelines Credle for 12 weeks. Now that he’s back, he also aspires to be a leader like his older brother Ja’Cyais.
“It helped me motivate myself and helped me keep going,” said Jaiden Credle. “Show where he left off. I can pick up in my position and keep leading in the right way.”
Carver has high expectations this fall in region 2-AAAA. The Tigers have advanced to playoffs 15 years in-a-row and won the region title in 2019, but this year will be tough.
“It’s going to be a hostile environment with Troup County and LaGrange, playing those two. Playing Hardaway who’s always been a tough opponent against us, and Columbus and Shaw,” said Joyner. “This is going to be what I’ve been waiting on right here. We’re looking forward to the challenge.”