Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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January 1, 2014

Comets, Raiders selected to All-Area Football Team

Jan. 1, 2014 — Both East and West Carter had players make the Independent’s Small School All-Area team for the efforts in 2013.

West Carter had Braden Brown, who still churned out nearly 900 rushing yards despite playing in just six games because of an ankle injury, Austin Travis (linebacker) and Dallen Dean (defensive back).

East Carter selections were linebacker Jordan Ratcliff and kicker Evan Huddle. Huddle connected on three field goals in the Raiders' defeat of rival West Carter.

The Raiders finished the season 4-6 while the Comets held a 2-8 mark.

While the seasons of Raceland and Lawrence County spun in polar-opposite paths following the Bulldogs' win over the Rams on Sept. 27, two seniors steadily hammered away with no hesitation.

Both Raceland’s Daylin Beach and Lawrence County’s A.J. Cyrus are nailing down a similar goal — playing in college.

Being named The Independent’s Small School All-Area Co-Players of the Year can’t hurt their chances. In a close tally, Beach and Cyrus narrowly edged out Lewis County’s Isaac Weddington for the honor, which is determined by the eight Small School coaches’ votes.

Raceland coach T.J. Maynard earned Coach of the Year after guiding the Rams to their first-ever regional championship in his fourth year at the helm.

Maynard's season-long motto for the 11-3 Rams was “Deserve Victory.”

Raceland never truly celebrated a victory, even including a convincing 36-14 defeat of deep-rooted rival Fairview, until the “14” and “3” flashed onto the scoreboard with no time left against Pikeville. The Class A, Region 4 title belonged to the 2013 Rams.

“They had fun after that one,” Maynard recalled fondly. “I guess that’s what made it fun for coaches, the fact that we had so many different personalities on this team. They’d dance in the locker room, give each other grief — in a good way — on the practice field. It was just fun to see how they reached to each other.”

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