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PRATTVILLE -- 2012 does not appear to be the year of the Prattville Lions. The defending 6A champs lost a lot of players and most all their coaches. 2012 does, however, appear that it could well be the year of the Carver Wolverines, led by a guy who plays a lot like --dare I say it? -- Cam Newton.

That fellow shredded the Lions' defense for 452 total yards to lead Carver to a resounding 49-24 win at Stanley Jensen Stadium. To the categories:

TOP PROSPECT: That would be Jeremy Johnson, the afore-mentioned Carver signal-caller, who at 6-5, 220-pounds is an Auburn pledge. If one chose to watch high school senior year highlights of Newton and compare them to those of Johnson, well, the comparison is undeniable. He can scramble, buy time, and has great touch on his ball. He ripped the Lions for 334 yards on 20/30 passing (with several drops), four scores and two picks. He ran for a one-yard touchdown, and rushed for 118 yards on nine carries.

There is a joke going around the SEC that the word "Kiehl" means, in some language, "Cam ain't walkin' through that door." Maybe not this year, and Johnson may not see the 250 pounds of muscle Newton sports, but his game is comparable. About the only difference is Newton was tougher to sack, IF you got your hands on him. Johnson is a special player. Frazer may only be keeping the seat warm.

"Jeremy did a great job," said Wolverines coach Billy Gresham. "He commanded the offense, he made the right calls at the line of scrimmage, and anytime you score 49 points, that's a lot to do with the quarterback."

With the supporting cast he has around him, Johnson may not have to wait until next fall to play in Jordan-Haire Stadium. That's because the 6A finals will be played there this December. They call that week the "Super 6," as all six classifications play for titles. "Super 6" is also Johnson's nick-name, due to his jersey number, and he may well take his team there. No shocker: His favorite player is Newton.

SENIORS WHO SHINED: Prattville's top senior is 6-6, 285-pound left tackle Austin Golson, a firm commitment to Florida State according to those who know him well. Golson led Prattville runners on many, if not most, of the nice gains they had. Golson can play either tackle or either guard at the next level.

Kicker Austin McGinnis booted touchbacks on all five kickoffs, calmly nailed a 42-yard field goal with plenty to spare, and drilled all three of his PAT's.

Carver defensive back Shaun Rupert (6-2, 190) is a solid pass-stopper for the Wolverines. His nick-name is "Sweet Feet."

JUNIORS TO WATCH: Remember this name: Kamryn Pettway, a 6-2, 220 man-mountain of a running back for the Lions. Pettway blew up during the summer 7-on-7 circuit, and did not disappoint Friday. He carried a dozen times for 166 yards, caught a pass for 14 more, and showed his 4.5 speed on a 44-yard touchdown run and another dash for 47 where a defender just had an angle. The mystery was why No. 1 didn't get the ball earlier and more often. His game is like that of a young T.J. Yeldon.

Said first year Lions coach Chad Anderson of Pettway, "He's going to be a big part of our offense. He's big, he's strong, he's fast and he works so hard."

Carver linebacker Shaun Hamilton (6-2, 220), brings the lumber, can rush the passer, and is decent in coverage, too. He has a ton of quality, committable offers. His teammate, receiver Landy Capetillo (6-1, 185) seemed uncover able.

SUPER SOPHS: Carver receiver Melvin Tyus (5-11, 190) has grown since last year in both stature and as a football player. He's quick, gets open and can catch the ball.

Prattville quarterback Kalen Whitlow is a 5-11, 170-pound guy who shows flashes both running and throwing. Lions possession receiver Seth Knotts is already 6-0, 180. He can find a seam and rarely drops a ball.

HOW ‘BOUT THEM WINGS: I had not tasted the 82 Market & Deli's wings until they catered the press box food Friday. I chose the sweet n' sour, and I chose well. They melted in my mouth, and I got sauce on my shirt and pants since the plates were gone. I did not care. Tide will take care of that. It was worth it. I'm told the store is on Hwy 82 next to the Jupiter Inn, in the tiny hamlet of Booth, Ala.

REPLACEMENT REFS: Maybe not, but there is no way a high school football game with 12 minute quarters should last over three hours. The zebras appeared dazed and confused, all night. Greg Brewer, who directs the AHSAA officials, hopefully gets a tape of this game. He will have a sleepless night.

NEXT UP: A pair of D-1 prospects square off in the St. Claire county seat of Ashville when Piedmont and linebacker Jamie Major come calling on highly-regarded quarterback prospect E.J. Moss, a junior who also has at times been compared to the current Carolina Panthers quarterback.

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