That didn't happen however as Auburn football signee Jeremy Johnson scored 17 points on 7-13 shooting and added three assists as the Wolverines demolished the Jaguars 57-29 to come one step closer to Birmingham and the Final 48 Championships. Johnson says it was important for his team to come out focused and take care of business and that's exactly what it did.
"Sometimes it's about how you start, but most of the time it's about how you finish," Johnson tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "We did it from start to finish today. We know what it takes. All we have to do is keep fighting as a team."
Johnson with the dunk.
Setting the tempo early, Johnson scored eight points in the first half including a monster dunk that led to a 27-11 halftime lead. He capped off the half with a long three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Wolverines the momentum heading into the break. That carried over into the third quarter as he scored seven points in the period including another big dunk.
Known for his exploits on the football field, Johnson is also a leader for the Wolverines in basketball. A team captain and a player that has been in the battles, Coach James Jackson Jr. says the future Auburn Tiger has to be reined in at times, but when it's crunch time he's always ready to deliver.
"You have to take the good with the bad with him," Jackson says. "I fuss at home some and give him a hard time, but you have to know one thing about him and that is he's a winner. He's going to give you everything he's got. It's not always going to be pretty. Deep down inside he's got heart and determination. That's what we count on. His leadership does a lot for these guys. He does a lot for us coaches as well to make us feel a little better."
One step from reaching the ultimate goal of having the chance to repeat as 6A champions, Carver awaits the winner of the Opelika-Thompson game to be played Friday afternoon. Opelika is the only team to beat Carver this season and Johnson says while it would be great to get some revenge on them, in the end the next game is just the next game on the road to a title.
"It's something that everyone strives for," Johnson says. "A few of my teammates haven't been to the state tournament before. We're all trying to do it as a team and get everybody a ring. I have been through here four years now so I know what it feels like and what it takes to win state. All I'm doing right now is just leading and they are following behind."