COLUMBUS -- Carver head coach Joe Kegler managed only two words to describe how his first Gatorade bath as a head coach felt.
Its cold, he said with a wry smile.
Cold, but satisfying.
In a game billed as a tight showdown for the GHSA Region 2-AAA crown Friday night, Keglers Tigers instead manhandled visiting Peach County in a 44-9 win.
The win clinched the seventh consecutive region championship for Carver, which now has the top seed out of the region and will host its first-round playoff game Nov. 15.
It is special, but its all on them, Kegler said of his first region title as a head coach. Its all the hard work they put in. I was a minute part of it compared to all the work the coaches and players have put in.
The Tigers won the game with a hard-nosed brand of football one coach described as grown-man football, using a phrase made popular by the Georgia football team last season. Junior linebacker Mekhi Brown compared the performance to another successful college program.
It felt like we were Alabama out there, said Brown, who, not coincidentally, is committed to play for the Crimson Tide. We just pounded the football and made our plays on defense. We were able to go out and dominate.
As a team, Carver totaled 486 yards of offense, 352 of which came on the ground. It had two rushers, Dequindre Coleman and Noah Hickey, top the century mark (156 and 109, respectively), and quarterback Jawon Pass added 76 of his own. Hickey reached the end zone twice, while Pass and Coleman got there once.
It was exciting to be able to come out and pound it, Hickey said. We showed how hard weve worked for this. We found a weak point in their defense -- dont get me wrong, they have a great defense -- we were just able to exploit something.