Battle Of the AU Commitments: Carver at AHS

Carver-Montgomery and Auburn commitment Jeremy Johnson face off against fellow AU commitment Reuben Foster and the Auburn High Tigers Friday night.

Montgomery, Ala.—One of the most interesting football games of the weekend takes place in Auburn, but it's not on Saturday this time as 4-1 Carver-Montgomery and Auburn commitment Jeremy Johnson travel to Duck Samford Stadium to square off against fellow AU commitment Reuben Foster and the undefeated Auburn High Tigers on Friday night.

In a game that will be televised nationally on ESPNU, it will be an opportunity to showcase not only Auburn's recruiting, but also high school football in Alabama. Carver coach Billy Gresham said that his team is pumped up about playing on TV and playing a quality opponent.

"It's exciting," Gresham said. "You know any time you get an opportunity to play on ESPN, it's a great opportunity but you know when you have a chance to play one of the best teams in the state of Alabama with the players they have, and the coaching staff they have, and put it all on national TV, then it's the region, this game, people are saying this is the region championship game.

"It's hard to put all those things in one basket," he added. "This is why kids play high school football. This is why we coach high school football, to coach to go to these games. We feel excited and it's going to be a great night for football."

Getting off to a strong start with a win over Prattville, Carver fell on the road to Central-Phenix City in week three, but has rebounded to get the ship righted in a big way led by Johnson. Crushing Opelika High plus Tri-Cities High from Georgia the last two weeks, the Wolverines have improved the last few weeks, according to Gresham.

"So far we've done pretty good," the coach said. "You know we started the season off with a great win against Prattville. We were still kind of celebrating after the big win and came back kind of flat. That loss has really just kind of re-trained our guys to get back to playing great football and to focus on the task at hand and we've been playing pretty great lately."

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Much of the reason for that is because of Johnson's play. Throwing for 338 yards and five touchdowns on 20-29 passes last week after completing 14-21 passes for 301 yards and three scores the previous week, the 6-6, 220 Johnson is developing more and more as a player according to his coach.

, "He did a great job last weekend of managing the offense and making the right throw and even the week before he did a great job," Gresham said. "The most important thing to me is as a head coach is that he is protecting the football, and he is able to make plays at the same time. That is very important for us from a team standpoint. He's doing an outstanding job with that.

"The thing that sticks out the most is the fact that he's comfortable in the pocket, he's patient there and when there's a chance of getting the first down on the run, he's able to take off and get a first down for us. So it goes back to confidence, he's very comfortable where he is right now, as a football player and as a leader and as a quarterback. He's all the right things at the right time for us."

Carver will have its hands full this Friday night against an Auburn team full of talented players on both sides of the ball. In addition to Foster the Tigers have 2014 prospect Rashaan Evans as a playmaker on defense. He has 13 scholarship offers already, including both Auburn and Alabama. Cameron Echols-Luper leads a talented offense that includes junior wide receiver Blaise Taylor.

"Ah, they start fast," Gresham said. "They kind of remind me of us a little bit. They want to start fast, they are a fast scoring team, and they want to score fast.

"On defense, of course, the big fellow Reuben Foster, he's knocking everybody out. He put a lick on everybody and you kind of see that he gives a lot of attention to everybody. He's not only aggressive, he's also allowing his teammates, his teammates they pick up on everything he does and they're aggressive also. They're a good football team."

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