G.W. Carver quarterback Jeremy Johnson’s four touchdown passes proved to be too much for the Smiths Station defense, leading the Wolverines (ranked fifth in Class 6A) to a 41-10 victory over the Panthers Friday night.
Johnson, an Auburn commit and rated No. 30 overall by ESPN, hooked up with wide receiver Landy Capetillo for two of his scoring tosses, a sight that has become familiar to Carver fans.
“They’ve been playing together since pee-wee,” Carver coach Billy Gresham said. “Those guys have a great relationship with each other, almost like a twin connection.”
Capetillo had five catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns, giving him 10 for the season. His first score was a 70-yard bomb down the right sideline and he added a 27-yard score late. Johnson said he and Capetillo work outside of practice to build the on-field chemistry.
“We’ve been playing together since we were young, so the connection we have is great,” Johnson said. “Thursday nights before a game, its a little tradition we have, he stays over at my house, and we talk about the game plan.”
The Carver (7-1, 5-1 Class 6A, Region 3) offense was almost too explosive for its own good in the first half. Johnson hit running back Harvey Harris for a 66-yard screen pass on their first play from scrimmage, and his 70-yard strike to Capetillo was the Wolverines’ only play in the second quarter.
Carver led 20-3 at the half, and Johnson went into the break 5-for-5 for 160 yards and three touchdowns but said its hard to stay in a rhythm when the offense scores so quickly.
“Its tough when you haven’t seen the field in like 30 minutes, so we try to stay focused and try to cheer the defense on to get us back on the field,” Johnson said. “But, as you see, when we do get on the field we try to get a touchdown every time.”
Gresham said Johnson continues to develop, and his progression allows him to add complexities to the offense and take advantage of what he sees in the defense at any given moment.
“Week in and week out, he seems like he’s getting better, and the biggest thing for us is he’s taking command of the offense and we’re able to do more things with him now,” Gresham said. “Just the on-field leadership and being able to make the right throws. He does a great job of putting it where he needs to and his accuracy is amazing right now.”
Johnson went 13-for-16 for 291 yards and continues to put up video game like numbers. Johnson has 2,195 yards and 28 touchdowns to five interceptions and is completing 70 percent of his passes this season.
Smiths Station (4-4, 3-3) connected on a 26-yard field goal early in the second quarter to make the score 13-3. They ended the first half on a 8:34, 21-play drive, but couldn’t get any points out of it. The Panthers’ lone touchdown late in the fourth was off a 36-yard run by Devante Marshall.
Along with the receiving touchdown, Harris carried the ball 11 times for 127 yards and two touchdowns. Both of his scoring runs came in the third quarter to put the game away and take a 34-3 lead into the fourth.
“He’s been on a roll the last two or three weeks,” Gresham said. “He’s picking it up and being a lot more confident. He’s a speed guy, and once he gets through there, he’s able to make big plays for us.”