Two of Atlanta’s high school programs put together impressive performances this past weekend in their spring scrimmages. The Carver-Atlanta Panthers traveled to South Fulton to face Banneker High School and dominated in their scrimmage 35-0.
The story of this game was the offensive line and defensive line. On offense, the Panthers controlled the line of scrimmage which helped All-State running back and Douglass High transfer Quintavious Lockett bruise the Hornets defense.
Lockett hit the 100-yard rushing mark in this game and opened up passing opportunities for the Panthers. It is fair to say early that not only do the Panthers have a loaded backfield with Lockett and returning Panthers runningback Jarveous Brown, but most importantly, they are a team that opponents will have trouble with.
Lockett is meshing well with the Panthers’ offense and spoke about it after the game.
“These are the same boys from middle school,” said Lockett. “We won the championship together so it’s the same family. I’m just finishing off who I started with.”
On the defensive side of the ball, the Panthers wreaked havoc on the Hornets’ offense forcing numerous turnovers. One pivotal play in the game was before halftime as the Hornets were on their one-yard line. The defensive line blew past the Hornets’ O-Line and hit the running back in the endzone, forcing a fumble and recovering it for a touchdown. That play helped them go up 20-0 before the half.
In the end, the Panthers proved to be the superior team completing the 35-0 shutout win.
Westlake dominant second half against Newton leads them to a 35-6 rout
The Westlake Lions, or better known as “The Lake Show”, had a Spring Scrimmage as well against the Newton Rams. After getting off to a quick 7-0 lead, the Lions struggled to find their groove offensively as they went into halftime up 7-0.
Coming out of halftime, the offense continued the struggle as the Rams forced a fumble and took it back for six to gain momentum in the game. As their two-point conversion failed, they put the Lions in an uncomfortable position to respond. The Lions still led 7-6.
From that point on, the Lions led by quarterback RJ Johnson found their balance on offense. They established their running game which also led to Johnson making plays in the pocket.
They finished the drive with a six-yard rushing touchdown to take a 14-6 lead early in the third quarter.
As the Lions’ defense continued to put clamps on the Rams’ offense, the Lions’ offense continued to pour it on. On the next drive, Johnson found Lions wide receiver Travis Booker for an amazing catch between two defenders as the Lions increased their lead to 15.
As the Lions continued to move the ball, both teams gave the second and third-team reps in this game. It was still the Lions continuing to pour it on as they scored 28 unanswered to win 35-6.