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East Carter makes history

Raiders advance to Regionals

By: Delaney McGuire
Carter County Times

It was a big day for the Grayson community as the East Carter Raiders won their first District Championship with a 26-16 victory over Ashland, a team they had never beaten before.

It was apparent that the Raiders came to give it their all, and that they did as they managed to claim their tenth win of the season. This makes the third season in East Carter history where they have reached nine or more wins, with the most recent being in 1989.

The determination of both teams stood prominent in the opening quarter, with no score as both defenses held their own to start the game. The Raiders would end up with three turnovers, none the Tomcats could capitalize on.

Vinicio Palladino scored the first touchdown early on in the second quarter. The Raiders responded quickly with their first touchdown, Charlie Terry capitalized on a two-yard touchdown run, coupled with a two-point conversion, giving East Carter an 8-7 lead to end the quarter.

Ashland had one goal in mind to start the second half, and that was to give the ball to Palladino. A false start staked their momentum near the goal line, forcing Ashland to settle for a field goal, putting them ahead by two. The Raiders didn’t let up, though, taking just three plays to reclaim the lead with a 67-yard touchdown run by Terry, making the score 14-10.

When the fourth quarter started, East Carter captured all the momentum with a long pass to Connor Goodman followed by another Terry touchdown. With a failed two-point conversion attempt, East was leading 20-10. Ashland responded immediately with a one-play 52-yard bomb to Ricky Padron for the touchdown. However the bobbled snap on the extra point kept the Tomcats at 16 points and the Raiders ahead, with a score 20-16.

The next drive was all the Raiders needed to know they were advancing to the Regional Championship. They ran a ten-play 60-yard drive resulting in the final touchdown of the night by Terry.

“Winning that game meant a lot to our team,” Terry said. “It’s something we’ve been working for all year and the years leading up to this season. So, it feels really good to win a big game like that, especially in front of your home crowd. It’s a blessing to play with those guys.”

For the game, quarterback Kanyon Kozee completed 7-12 passes for 110 yards, and one interception. He completed four passes to Connor Goodman for 79 yards.  Twp passes were caught by Mikey Hall totaling 17 yards. Isaac Boggs ended up with 14 yards on one reception. 

Terry, the star of the game, led the Raiders with 190 yards on 33 rushes, scoring four touchdowns. Kozee also had a great night on the ground. He had 72 yards on 12 rush attempts. 

The defense for the Raiders played an outstanding game. With their 42 total tackles, they had one sack, one interception, and were able to recover two fumbles. Rylan Yoak led the way for the Raiders with seven tackles. Izack Messer had a great game with six tackles for the night. Kozee matched that total of six tackles, with one of those tackles for a loss. Two Raiders had five tackles, they were Garon Castle and Nikk Barnett. Terry ended up with four tackles, while Connor Goodman and Skyler McCormick had three total tackles during the game. Isaac Boggs got a couple of tackles, while Evan Goodman was also able to get in the books with a tackle.

The Raiders next game is Friday night against Mason County, at Steve Womack Field. They will be playing at home for the Regional Championship, and a shot at the State Semifinals at Kroger Field in Lexington, Kentucky.

Contact the writer at news@cartercountytimes.com

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