Game of the Week: Carver at Hardaway
THE TIGERS LEAD THE ALL-TIME SERIES (20-18); CARVER WINNING THE PAST 11 MEETINGS STARTING IN 2005
The undefeated Carver Tigers square off against the (7-1) Hardaway Hawks for the seventh year in-a-row, and the region title is on the line.
“We already know they’re good. We already know everything, but we just hope to beat them this year,” said Hardaway senior linebacker Jakeveon Upshaw. “We think this year is our year because our team has a lot of chemistry and a lot of brotherhood.”
“Every time we have a good game the defense is communicating. Same thing with the offense,” said Carver junior defensive end and linebacker Cameron Crowell. “Just really talking to your teammates.”
Both defenses dominate, allowing less than eight points per game to opponents. The Hawks have shutout three teams this fall.
“Anytime you’re a physical defense that flocks to the ball good things are going to happen. The shutouts have just been products of that,” said Hardaway Head Coach Michael Woolridge. “The guys are just getting after it defensively.”
“The whole defense we’ve been playing for about two to three years,” said Hardaway senior safety Jakeveon Upshaw. “All of us together have been playing together, so it’s just the chemistry that we all have. Like we bought in.”
Carver running back Jaiden Credle and Hardaway quarterback D.J. Lucas are excited for this matchup. Both standout players missed last year’s game with an injury.
“I know it’s going to be a big competition game,” said Carver junior running back Jaiden Credle. “Hard playing game. It’s going to have to be an offensive game, but it’s going to be a defensive game for us.”
“I missed a game (Hardaway 2019) with an injury, so I’m just excited to come into this game with my brothers,” said Hardaway junior quarterback D.J. Lucas. “We’re just looking to win this game.”
The battle starts up front between Tigers O-lineman Elijah Pritchett and Hawks Defensive End Mykel Williams. Both juniors hold S-E-C college offers.
“This won’t be something new to us. Pritchett has been playing against Mykel for a long time,” said Carver Head Coach Corey Joyner. “He’s a great player, but I think we’re going to be ready.”
Kickoff is set for this Friday at 7:30 p.m. EST in Kinnett Stadium.