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Special Photo/Reggie Davis Lithia Springs coach Kevin Hill talks to his team during a timeout.

Lithia Springs was blown out at home by Carver, 61-6, Friday night. The two teams are on opposite paths this season.

The Lions, dropping their fifth straight game, fall to 1-8 overall on the season, while the Panthers improve to 8-1.

The Lions were simply outplayed and outmatched.

"They have an All-American, five-star and division one players, and we are still in the building process," Lithia Springs coach Kevin Hill said. "We are still learning how to play and how to win."

The very first drive said it all.

Just four plays into the game the Panthers' Octavious Battle found Deanthony Ball for a 60-yard bomb down the right sideline for the early 6-0 lead. Though they failed to convert the extra-point they more than made up for it throughout the contest.

Carver scored 40 unanswered points to begin the game. While it seemed to come easy for the Panthers, the Lions struggled to move the ball.

"You can't give a team that good, with all their athletes, that many opportunities. We turned the ball over and gave the ball with a short field six times," said Hill.

Facing a bigger and more talented frontline, Lithia was dominated in the trenches all night. Lions' starting quarterback Nankofi Sarpong was sacked six times and seemed to be pressured every time he dropped back to pass.

Carver's Tony Jones added two rushing touchdowns, one from eight yards out and another from seven yards, and Ziquavious Finch caught a 24-yard touchdown to help the Panthers take a 26-0 lead into the half.

In what seemed to sum up the game, the Lions fumbled their very first snap of the second half. And on the very next play, Jones made them pay with a 35-yard touchdown run to put Carver on top 33-0.

Following another Panther touchdown, the Lions finally got on the scoring board when Sarpong found William Jones for a leaping 15-yard touchdown catch. The extra-point try was unsuccessful.

The excitement of their first points lasted all for one second. On the ensuing kickoff, Jones struck again, this time taking the kickoff 80 yards back for the touchdown.

"Thats a good team over there, and they may go far in the playoffs," said Hill. "Before we can get to the point where we can compete with a team like that we got a lot of work to do."

Lithia closes out its season next week in their final home game against North Springs.

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