Living the Dream: QB Looking to Make History

Quarterback DeRon Furr and his Carver Tigers will be playing for a state championship on Saturday while AU entertains prospects this weekend.

Columbus, Ga.--Although things looked grim for Carver High's dream of having a chance to compete in the AAA state championship game this Saturday, a fourth quarter charge with quarterback DeRon Furr leading the way saved the day for the Tigers.

Top-ranked Carver, which entered its state semi-final playoff game vs. Chamblee last Friday with a 13-0 record, looked like it would be heading home for a second straight year one victory shy of the state title game. However, trailing 24-6 in the fourth quarter, with Furr and fellow Auburn commitment Jarmon Fortson leading the way the Tigers rallied for a wild 26-24 victory.

The game wasn't decided until the closing seconds. On fourth down and 14, Furr and Fortson hooked up for a 34-yard pass play that set up the game winning touchdown run by Furr from three yards out with 10 seconds remaining. Furr passed for 156 yards and one touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Commenting on the final score, his third touchdown of the fourth quarter, Furr says, "I looked to the end zone and saw the passing lane wasn't there. My first receiver was going to be J-Man (Fortson) and then I looked for everybody else and they were covered so I just ran through the hole and I was determined to get it in the zone."

Furr ran over a defender who was in his way to complete the big comeback at the Georgia Dome in a game that was televised state-wide. "Everybody has been waiting for the big stage and there was our chance on the big stage and we came through," he says.

"I never thought we were out of the game," the quarterback adds. "The game isn't over until there are all zeros on the clock."

Fortson also had a game to remember with eight catches for 223 yards including five for 127 yards in the final seven minutes of the game and an onsides kick recovery during the big comeback.

On Saturday at 2 p.m. CST Carver will play on the road against the Cairo Syrupmakers with the winner taking the Class AAA state title. It would be the first football state championship in the school's history. The game will be televised by CSS. "Everybody is really excited at Carver," Furr says. "Everybody is ready for the championship game."

The quarterback says his team is expecting a serious challenge from a 13-1 Cairo team and notes he has respect for the Syrupmakers' defense. "They are not very big in size, but they have a lot of speed and really run to the football," he points out.

Furr says last week's win over Chamblee is a game that he will remember. "Personally, I would say that was my best game because it was against better talent," he says. "I stayed poised when my team was looking up to me for leadership in a big-time situation. Fortunately, I was able to come through."

Furr is shown in action at the Georgia Dome in his team's win last week.

Furr notes that his team had to work hard for the victory last week. "We have a lot of people who got banged up against Chamblee," he says. "Everybody left it on the field in the last game, but now it is time for everybody to suck it up and get ready to play football."

Commenting on what he believes will be the key to success on Saturday, Furr says, "We have to have heart and determination."

Recruiting Notes: Auburn's coaches will be entertaining two other verbal commitments this weekend who will be on campus for official visits. Offensive tackle Jermaine Johnson, a sign and place prospect from St. Thomas Aquinas High in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is attending Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia. Another Fort Lauderdale area prospect, Charles Deas, is a verbal commitment who is attending Milford Academy in New York...Auburn will also have a high school senior in for an official visit. Keith Wells is a defensive end from Gainesville, Ga., High School who was an early verbal commitment to FSU, but has decided to take additional visits. Last week he checked out Ohio State.

Chris Todd

With former Troy offensive coordinator Tony Franklin now running the offensive show at Auburn, Trojan verbal commitment Chris Todd will also be taking a visit to Auburn over the weekend. Originally from Elizabethtown, Ky., High School, Todd signed with Texas Tech before transferring to Hutchinson Junior College in Kansas. He will have two years to play two.

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