By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
OCT. 2, 2013 —
East Carter began district play with one of the toughest tests of the season in No. 7 Mason County on homecoming.
The Raiders did not get to do the dancing they wanted to as the Royals amassed 365 yards of total offense as Mason County defeated East 50-7 in Grayson this past Friday.
Head Coach Zack Moore gave all the credit to the Royals for the win.
“The biggest difference was personnel,” Moore said. “They are very good, big and strong and quick where they need to be in the skill position and I think we’d be hard pressed to say that they weren’t better than us at all 11 positions on the field.”
The Royals (5-0) held East Carter (1-4) to just 148 yards of total offense including just 61 yards on the ground. The Raiders got over the 50 once the entire game.
After East decided to go for an onside kick to start the game, Mason would convert on a fourth down 49-yard touchdown pass from Jake O’Mara to Cameron Frame. A minute and a half later after a Raider 3-and-out, Carson Fearis would run a 71-yard punt to the end zone for a touchdown. The Royals would then get one of RaShon Nelson’s two touchdowns toward the end of the first period to make it 21-0.
“Mason is heads above where everybody else is,” Moore said. “Who knows what happens after that. We need to do our part. We have four more weeks in the district and that’s a lot of ball games. We’ve got to correct the things we did wrong.”
Mason would go into the half with a 28-0 lead after the Raider defense held at certain times. But with the Royal defense playing as well as they did, East had a hard time moving the football.
“When you’re down that many scores early and you got a couple of chances offensively to move the sticks and you’re dropping footballs against a very good team you’re going to end up on the losing end like we were,” Moore said.
East Carter would finally get the goose egg off the board when quarterback Cole McClain found Kyle Yates on a 35-yard touchdown pass to make it 36-7. It was the third game Yates hit pay dirt for the Raiders.
“When you’re small and you’re not as fast as some other folks, you’ve got to be tough,” Moore said. “Kyle is a tough little guy. I was glad he was able to break a tackle and keep his balance to get in the end zone.”
Moore said there were things that his team did well hidden throughout the game but wants more consistency. The Raiders have rival West Carter Friday and wants them to come out this week with a lot of intensity.
“If our football program wants to move forward from here on out, people are going to have to wake up and understand that you don’t show up in July and play football anymore and expect to win,” Moore said. “You do it all year round and develop physically and if you don’t then you’re going to be looking at what we looked at (Friday).”
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