Carver sinks Selma 51-0

Published 12:43 am Friday, October 16, 2009

MONTGOMERY — Selma’s offense had its back against a wall all night Thursday at the Cramton Bowl.

Unfortunately, the Saints built a few of those walls themselves as the No. 5-ranked Carver Wolverines blanked Selma 51-0 in Class 5A Region 3 action.

Carver is the third Region 3 foe in the Class 5A Top 10 to beat Selma this year. No. 4 Greenville took a 41-6 victory, then No. 6 Demopolis followed with a 39-14 decision over the Saints.

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With Selma’s ineffective offense, Carver dominated field position. Only twice during the game did the Wolverines start a drive in their territory. Those possessions — both in the first half — came after Selma turned the ball over on downs and when the Saints punted to the Carver 46-yard line.

The Selma defense, however, kept Carver on its heels early, holding the Wolverines to a field goal after a first-and-goal on the 3-yard line in their first possession.

Then after Selma went three-and-out, Saints cornerback Jeremy Harrison intercepted a Carver pass at the Wolverines’ 30-yard line.

“We started out strong on defense, and I thought we did a pretty good all night,” Foster Davis said of the Saints (3-5). “But after that touchdown in the first half, you could see the kids just gave up. They got frustrated and the air just went out.”

Carver’s rushing workhorse, junior Stanley Robinson (5-8, 160), scored the Wolverines’ next point with a 34-yard scamper around left end as the first quarter ended.

To open the second quarter, Senior defensive back/wide receiver London Pitts intercepted a Derion Alexander pass at the Selma 20. After a holding penalty, Pitts got the TD on the next play with a reverse around left end for 13 yards. Carver held a 25-0 lead, and added another score on a two-play, 26-yard drive to go ahead 32-0 at halftime.

Another blow to the Selma offense was the injury to sophomore quarterback Derion Alexander, who didn’t play in the second half. He stood on the sideline for the remainder of the game with his left shoulder taped.

“I don’t think it was anything bad,” Davis said. “I think it was just bruised.”

Senior Johnathan Harris, who played quarterback last season, took most of the snaps in the second half. Harris had been playing tight end and outside linebacker.