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Carver looking to snap the streak against Buford

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

It's the second verse, but the Carver Tigers hope it's much different than the first when they face off with Buford Friday night in the GHSA AAA quarterfinals.

The Wolves ended the Tigers' season last year, 31-7, at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium, scoring 31 unanswered after Carver jumped out to a 7-0 lead.

But first-year quarterback Jawon Pass is a weapon Carver didn't have last season.

"We used to be just mainly a running team," said the sophomore. "Now we can pass, so Buford , they're going to have to gameplan a little better."

A one-dimensional gameplan for the Tigers in 2012 contributed to the loss.

"We're just trying to go back and look at the mistakes we made last year and be better as a ballclub," said first-year head coach Joe Kegler. "[We need to] execute on some of the mistakes we made last year."

Pass says he's not feeling any extra pressure, though admits he may be "a little nervous" when the game starts. It's his first time playing in the rivalry, so the veterans on the team are educating him.

"They were just like, I have to come with my ‘A' game," Pass said. "They're getting tired of losing to them, but I don't really feel how they feel, because I haven't lost to them as many times as they've lost to them."

For the guys that have been through the battles with Buford, it's time for a new outcome.

"I just feel like we make it every year, we just have to beat them now," said junior defensive end and Alabama commitment Mekhi Brown. "After we beat Buford, we'll win the whole thing. To me, Buford/Carver is always the championship game in AAA. That's how I feel."

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET at Buford High School on Friday. Both teams were region champions, so the Wolves claimed home-field advantage thanks to a coin flip.

Jonathan Huskey

Jonathan comes to News 3 from Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Ark., where he anchored weekends and reported during the week on some of the best high school sports in the state. More>>

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