AUBURN -- It was the Jeremy Johnson show Friday night at Duck Samford Stadium.
The Carver quarterback threw for two touchdowns and ran for three more to lead Carver to a 46-20 win over Auburn High School in a key Region matchup that was carried live on ESPNU.
Carver jumped on Auburn early building a 32-0 first half lead on big plays by Johnson and running back Harvey Harris.
“That’s the most explosive we’ve played in the first half ever. It started with the offensive line,” Johnson said. “This right here was the Region championship game to us.”
In what was billed as a showdown between two Auburn commitments -- Johnson and Auburn linebacker Reuben Foster -- it was Johnson who dominated. He completed 9-of-15 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns. He added nine carries for 117 yards and three more touchdowns.
“He did a great job of just staying composed throughout the whole game and making the right plays for us,” Carver coach Billy Gresham said.
After a field goal on its opening drive, Carver reeled off four straight touchdowns in the first half on a 1-yard run by Johnson, 75-yard run by Harris, 47-yard run by Johnson and 77-yard pass from Johnson to Harris.
Johnson threw a 44-yard touchdown pass on Carver’s first possession of the second half and added a 37-yard touchdown run to finish off the scoring.
Foster finished with five tackles and two tackles-for-loss. He also rushed for 18 yards and a touchdowns on four carries. But Carver was able to run at will most of the night as Harris finished with 15 carries for 202 yards and one touchdown.
Gresham said most of the credit goes to his offensive line including center Darius Preyer, who was charged with blocking Foster on just about every play.
“Our center, who we feel like is our best offensive lineman, we put him on Reuben and he did a great job,” Gresham said. “Reuben is a great football player. He’s very aggressive so one thing we wanted to do is run the ball right at him and we did it very well.”
Quarterback Cameron Echols-Luper provided most of the offense for Auburn. He completed 10-of-16 passes for 165 yards and had 27 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown.
The win improved Carver to 5-1 while Auburn fell to 5-1. Carver hosts Lee next Thursday while Auburn gets a week off before playing at Lee Oct. 18.
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