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G.W. Carver thumps Tigers

Andrew Pitts scored two touchdowns and quarterback Reginald Aaron threw scoring passes of 69 and 18 yards as the G.W. Carver Wolverines blistered Greenville 40-18 on Friday night at Tiger stadium.

The game was the Class 5A Region 3 opener for both teams.

The Wolverines – Class 6A one year ago – spread the field on offense and utilized the legs of Pitts and fellow running back Mason Tillman to out-muscle the Tigers’ defense. Tillman powered in from the 5-yard line on Carver’s first possession of the game and Pitts added a 48-yard sprint for a touchdown late in the second quarter, giving the Wolverines an 18-6 lead at halftime.

Carver continued its onslaught in the second half, blocking a GHS punt and scoring from the 1-yard line on the Tigers’ first possession of the third quarter. The next series for Greenville ended just as badly with the Wolverines’ London Pitts picking off an errant Ryan Smith pass and returning it for a touchdown.

Carver led at that point 32-6.

“They’re (Carver) a good football team,” said GHS head coach Ben Blackmon. “I knew it was going to be tough because they were a 6A school last year. We’re still going through some growing pains all the way around. That’s taking nothing from them, because they’re a good football team.”

The positives were few and far between for Blackmon and the Tigers.

After allowing Carver to take a 12-0 lead on a 69-yard bomb from Aaron to wide out Jeff Alexander earlier in the first quarter, the Tigers’ offense responded, marching the ball down the field before the drive appeared to stall at the Wolverines’ 13-yard-line. On fourth down, kicker Stuart Moody lined up for a 30-yard field goal try, but the snap sailed over the holder Smith’s head. The junior quarterback tried to make a play, picking up the ball and rolling to his right where the Wolverines’ defense hit him late after he had passed the ball.

New life, Tigers.

Brown then hit wide out Alex Phifer on a 12-yard slant pattern for the touchdown with 11:52 remaining in the second quarter.

It took Carver just four plays to answer as Pitts took a handoff from Aaron and outraced the GHS defense for the 48-yard touchdown.

Greenville added a 9-yard touchdown run from Charleston Lyman in the third quarter and Therell Tyus caught an 18-yard scoring pass from Aaron for Carver.

GHS defensive lineman Jamontay Pilson recovered a fumble for the Tigers late in the game and returned it 32 yards for a score.

The Tigers (0-2, 0-1) travel to play Monroe County next Friday night. Carver (2-0, 1-0) travels to Chilton County.