Doubters fire up Carver Tigers on eve of state semis

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Jarvis Jones, Quintavious Harrow, and Isaiah Crowell will all get the chance to be on the SEC's big stage on Saturday, fighting an uphill battle against top-ranked LSU.

Their high school alma mater faces the same kind of deal on Friday night versus No. 1 Buford.

After all, the Carver Tigers weren't supposed to still be playing, especially after they got hammered flat by Buford in the second week of the season. But this young squad picked itself up, dusted itself off, and ran off 11 straight wins to make it to the double-a state semifinals.

There's nothing like getting a chance to silence the doubters to get you fired up.

"It's motivation, really," said senior safety Devonte Young. "A whole bunch of teams didn't think you'd be there, so when you get there, you're proving them wrong and makes you feel better."

Senior tight end Kurt Weathered agrees.

"A lot of people didn't expect us to make it as far as we did," Weathered said, "and just to prove them wrong shows us that we can do anything we put our heads to."

At least one Tiger senior didn't have any doubts about where the Tigers would wind up.

"I expected it, coming into the beginning," declared running back Cequanti Ford. "We knew we were going to go. It was one of our main goals. We knew a lot of people underestimated us this year but we knew we were going to make it this far."

No. 3 Carver and the No. 1 Wolves kick things off Friday night at 7:30 pm ET at McClung Memorial Stadium. At stake is a trip to the Class AA state championship game next week at the Georgia Dome.