By: Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times
East Carter had a big win against Russell on Friday night at home, ending the game with a score of 42-29 in their first victory over the Red Devils in recent years.
The Raiders played a rushing game to bring home their win, with quarterback Kanron Kozee passing for only 80 yards, on six completions, including one touchdown pass to Connor Goodman.
But Kozee earned a second touchdown for the Raiders on rushing, running the ball for a total of 52 yards over four attempts.
Charlie Terry added another 214 yards, and three touchdowns, to the East Carter total with Isaac Boggs adding another touchdown and 49 yards to the Raiders 354 total rushing yards.
Nikk Barnett added another 39 yards to that total.
Terry, Kozee, and Barnett each added to the Raiders total with a two-point conversion run as well.
Nikk Barnett had a single interception and Evan Goodman forced and recovered a single fumble for the Raiders.
On defense, the Raiders had 22 solo tackles and 35 assists.
Barnett led on tackles, with six solo and four assists, and two tackles for loss. Barnett was followed my Rylan Yoak, with two solo tackles and seven assists, for nine total tackles, including one tackle for loss and a defensive sack.
Connor Goodman had three solo and two assisted tackles. Terry had two solo and three assists, with one tackle for loss. Zach Wellman had four assists. Bryson Kiser had three assists. Skyler McCormick had one solo and two assists. Evan Goodman, Kozee, and Izack Messer each had two solo and one assist, with Messer adding a tackle for loss. Boggs had three assists, Devin Carver and Garon Castle each had one solo and one assisted tackle, and Connor Skaggs and Mikey Hall each had one assist.
This win places East Carter in fourth place in their class (3A) and district (7), with a 7-3 win/loss record.
East Carter’s next game is October 29, at home, against Martin County, with the game beginning at 7:30 p.m.
West Carter is holding onto the fourth seed in their district (8) and class (2A) as well, with a huge 52-12 win against East Ridge on the road last Friday.
Quarterback Eli Estepp passed for a total of 136 yards, with three touchdown pass completions and nine total completions on 15 attempts.
Jackson Bond caught those three touchdown passes for the Comets, with eight total receptions for 119 yards. West Carter’s other 17 yards came courtesy of a reception for Timothy Fields.
Bond also had a single rushing touchdown, for four total. Estepp had one rushing touchdown as well, though he didn’t add any to the Comets’ rushing yardage total.
Most of those rushing yards, 343 of the 375 total, came courtesy of Cole Crampton, who added three rushing touchdowns to the West Carter total.
Crampton also added a two-point conversion to the Comets’ final score and Isaac Bond added another two points on a pair of successful extra point kicks.
Crampton had the Comets’ only fumble recovery on the evenging as well.
On defense West Carter had 27 solo tackles, and 56 assists, with eight tackles for loss and two defensive sacks.
Samuel Rayburn led the West Carter defense with six solo tackles and eight assists, for 14 total, five tackles for loss, and one defensive sack.
Isaac Bond had three solo and nine assists, with one tackle for loss. Raymond Rayburn had one solo and ten assists, with one tackle for loss and one defensive sack. Neil Lusher had four solo and five assists. So did Kaden Wilson. Noah Orcutt had six assists. Bradyn Flener had three solo and two assists. Crampton had two solo and three assists, for five total tackles and one tackle for loss. Jake Barker had three solo and one assist. Sam Jones had three assists. Brent King had one solo tackle and one assist. Preston Nauman, Gavin Adams, and Kale Back each had an assisted tackle as well.
West Carter faces off against Russell, on the road, next Friday. West Carter took home the win in their last face-off against the Red Devils, last season, their first victory against the team.
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