The last time Jeff Davis beat G.W. Carver, Vols receiver Adarius Wesley was in the second grade.
He plans on changing that this week.
Jeff Davis (5-4) closes out the regular season Thursday at Cramton Bowl against city rival Carver. Seniors like Wesley, who suffered through an 0-10 season as a freshman, have a chance to finish above .500 for the first time since 2011.
“It’s been a long time coming for us seniors. We haven’t beaten Carver since we’ve been in high school, so for us to play Thursday and win, it’ll be a big win for us seniors,” Wesley said. “It’ll mean a lot because we’ve embraced the grind and enjoyed the struggle for three to four years. For us to come off a losing season our first year here, and for us to make the playoffs, it’s a big step for us. We look forward to finishing the deal.”
Coach Lee Carter credits Wesley and the other seniors for turning the program around in his third season with the Vols. Carter was previously the offensive coordinator for Carver, and led a 70-0 victory over the Vols in 2012.
“This class, out of all the guys I’ve had, I really love this senior class. They’ve been through so much,” Carter said. “They’ve been through the 0-10, they went through 2-8, last year we were in the playoffs, then coming short this year. So for these guys to finish 6-4, this could be the first time they end with a winning record. I think these guys were the catalyst for turning this program around.”