Brighton wide receiver Terry Wayne White leaves some Carver defenders in his dust en route to the end zone Friday night Brighton. White finished with 82 receiving yards and a score in Brighton's 38-6 win. Photo courtesy Laura Drew Holmes
There were a lot of Brighton Cardinals getting their feet wet Friday night at home against Carver in the season opener.
It was the first game as a head coach for Robin Jacobs. Junior Austin Kelley was making his debut as a quarterback and offensive coordinator Blake Goforth was calling the plays in a varsity game for the first time.
So far, so good.
Kelley threw for two touchdowns and no interceptions and ran for another score as the Cardinals routed the Cobras 38-6.
"There were a lot of people getting a lot of firsts out there," Jacobs said. "I thought we did okay, but we've definitely got some room to improve a bunch."
After building a 24-0 halftime lead, Kelley scored on a 12-yard run early in the third quarter and Zack Camp added a one-yard TD run moments later to put the game completely out of reach.
Kelley completed 14 of 19 passes for 155 yards.
"It would have been more, but we had three drops," said Jacobs. "I never would have dreamed he would have done that in his first game. That's good because a lot of what we do goes through him."
Breeland Austin caught a nine-yard TD pass from Kelley in the first quarter to get the scoring started.
After a 40-yard field goal from Austin Chapman, Kelley hit Terry Wayne White for a 46-yard touchdown later in the first period to put the Cardinals ahead 17-0.
Camp, who finished with 62 yards on eight carries, ran for a 17-yard touchdown in the second quarter to push the lead to 24-0.
White led all receivers with 82 yards on seven catches and Devin Neal caught four passes for 53 yards.
The Cardinal defense held Carver to 137 yards and six first downs.
Brighton's competition will increase considerably tomorrow night with a trip to Millington, which beat Germantown 28-0 last week.
"Millington always gives us a good game," Jacobs said. "It will definitely be a test. It's a good chance to see what we can do against a good team. It's a challenge we need if we're going to get to where we want to be."