Game of the Week: Carver @ Lagrange
TWO TRADITIONAL POWERHOUSES COLLIDE ON FRIDAY FOR THE TOP SPOT IN THE REGION
Lagrange and Carver meet on Friday night for the first time since 2015. Two familiar foes finally meet again and each coach knows what they’re up against.
“They’ve got a lot of speed and they take pride in what they’re doing,” says Carver head coach, Corey Joyner. “This is going to be a very big challenge for us. We’ve scored 50 points in every game this year. Some games we didn’t even play the fourth quarter, but this game right here… I can promise you we’re not going to score 50 points.”
“It’s going to be a tough game, they have a lot of really good players, they’re well coached,” said Lagrange head coach, Matt Napier.
Last season Carver won the region, which was one of their goals. This year the goal is simple.
“We didn’t set goals like I have been doing the past couple of years. It’s not to win the region, it’s not to win a state championship. It’s Every time we step on the field, rather it’s practice or a game, play as hard as you can and get better at each position”
“Pushing each other every day. Making each other better,” says Carver Senior defensive back, Antwone Watts.
The Grangers are off to their best start in over a decade.
“The last two years we went 2-8, the year before that we were winless. Now to come in and this be one of the biggest games in high school, it’s a crazy feeling, but we’re still staying locked in this week,” said Lagrange Senior running back, Kale Gibbs.
Players on both sides of the ball are expecting a physical game that will be decided in the fourth quarter.
“They’re a fast physical team. They like to play with a lot of heart and physicality,” said Lagrange Senior Wide Receiver, Adrian Traylor.
“Their defense is very aggressive and we have to be as aggressive as them,” said Carver Junior Quarterback, Devin Riles.
With so much on the line on Friday night, the atmosphere will be one to remember.
“Big games are why you do it and this town is used to big games,” says Naper. “Lagrange high school is used to it. This fan base is second to none. This town loves football, it’s a football town.”
Kickoff is set for 7:30pm Eastern on Friday night at Callaway Stadium.