Even though it was one year and 13 games ago, G.W. Carver linebacker Shaun Hamilton hasn’t forgotten about last year’s 27-14 loss to Central-Phenix City.
The setback was the only blemish in Carver’s regular season, and Hamilton — an Alabama commit — is determined to not let history repeat itself when the Wolverines host Central-Phenix City at 7 p.m. today at Cramton Bowl.
“They were the ones that messed up our season last year,” Hamilton said. “It was going through my mind as soon as we pulled up some old film from last year, that was the first thing that came to mind. So, we can’t let the same thing happen this year.”
Carver is coming off a 20-7 win over rival Prattville where they shut down Auburn commit Kamryn Pettway. Now they have to focus on another Division I talent, junior athlete Traveon Samuel.
Samuel, a 5-foot-8, 180-pound all-purpose threat, is a three-star prospect on 247 Sports and has offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Alabama and Duke.
“Defensively, we’re going to fly around,” Carver coach Billy Gresham said. “Central-Phenix City has a great football player that we think may be one of the better players in the state as far as skill set and ability to make plays. So, we’ll be looking to stop him.”
Catholic girls win Early Bird Classic
A sixth-place finish by Katelyn Stark, an eighth-place finish by Annabel Starrett and a ninth-place finish by Emily Theurer led the Catholic girls cross country team to a one-point Class 1A-3A win over Sipsey Valley in the University of Montevallo Early Bird Classic.
Prattville Christian, paced by Danielle Riggs’ fifth-place finish, took fourth in the team standings.
American Christian’s Kaitlyn York won the Class 1A-3A girls race with a record time 19:02:96 in the 5K event.
Led by James Cleghorn and Dylan Martin, the Catholic boys finished fourth. PCA finished fourth thanks to Joey Fleming’s 11th place finish.
Thomas Lambert finished eighth and Noah Foster finished 11th to help the LAMP boys finish fifth in the Class 4A-6A race.
Already QB change for Carver?
After spending the summer and fall as the man under center to replace 2012 Alabama Mr. Football Jeremy Johnson, G.W. Carver quarterback Draequon Murphy didn’t throw a pass in the Wolverines’ 20-7 win over rival Prattville on Friday.
Murphy did have three carries for six yards and a touchdown — and played defense and special teams — but Mike McKenny did the throwing, going 7-for-16 for 52 yards and a touchdown.
However, Carver coach Billy Gresham said it wasn’t a change in strategy, he was protecting Murphy’s arm.
“His shoulder is a little sore, it has a lot of tendonitis in it,” Gresham said. “So we felt like we could get away with this game without him and we were able to. I thought we could run the ball on them a little bit and complete some short passes. And it also gives us a little depth. But he’ll be ready to go next week.”