Oct. 31, 2012 — A tale of two teams.
A betting individual knows where to place his money when picking his horse; you put your faith in the one with the best pedigree.
Friday night proved all bets are off at the end of the season, as the East Carter Raiders ran its way through, scratch that, over the Morgan County defense, pulling out a shocking 41-18 defeat of the playoff bound Cougars in Grayson.
A team that’s had its fair share of heartbreaks during the season, the Raiders (2-8) saw an umpteenth sequel on display in the early goings when the Cougars (8-2) took just three plays to deliver the game’s first score when Kody Thornsberry dashed to the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown
Trailing 6-0 after a failed Cougar conversion, East Carter senior fullback Cade Stidham began his journey towards his swan song upset.
East Carter needed just five plays to get into the end zone, and Stidham carried the ball on four of them, gaining 65 yards on the drive as he bulldozed his way in for an 11-yard score up the gut with eight minutes to play. Quinn Huddle’s extra-point gave the Raiders a 7-6 lead, which it would not relinquish the rest of the night.
Stidham made the most of his senior night in the spotlight, tallying an impressive 204 yards on 29 carries, while scoring three touchdowns.
“I can’t think of a better way to go out,” Stidham said. “You’ve got an 8-1 team against a 1-8 team. Not many people gave us a chance tonight, but we were glad to prove them wrong.”
East Carter Coach Zack Moore shared his fullback’s excitement.
“Cade and the rest of these seniors have never quit, and that’s a credit to them. They’ve persisted and kept playing hard throughout losing so many games, and I am very happy for them here tonight.”