By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
Nov. 13, 2013 — While the East and West Carter football teams did not make the playoffs this season, both teams were well represented on this year’s Eastern Kentucky Conference all-conference teams.
At a luncheon on Monday afternoon at Carter Caves State Resort Park, the select Comets and Raiders one-by-one accepted their trophies and stood with their coaches for photo opportunities.
East’s Qua Davis, Peyton Wilburn, Jordan Ratcliff and Jacob Gray made the all-conference team from the Raiders. Kicker Evan Huddle was named Co-Special Teams Player of the Year with Paintsville’s Brad Nordin.
“It was good for our guys to get some credit at the end of the year and be recognized for their performance on the field,” East head coach Zack Moore said. “Being in the EKC offers them the opportunity to acknowledge the kids in our school have put in a little bit more work. I’m proud of these guys.”
West’s Braden Brown and Austin Travis also were selected to the EKC all-conference team. Comet senior Dallen Dean was presented with the Wes Hopkins Courage Award.
“These kids are very deserving,” Comets head coach Kevin Brown said. “They’ve worked extremely hard and it lets them know that it’s paying off. They are helping to change and help us improve the program. It’s a big honor for them and our football program.”
Brown said Dean is one of 10 siblings and works between 30 and 35 hours a week to help his family, including going to school and football events.
West Carter athletic director Brian Brown was named the Leland “Tiny” Roberts Assistant Coach of the Year.
Raceland and Lewis County were crowned co-champions of the EKC as both teams finished the season undefeated against conference opponents — Raceland was 4-0, while Lewis County went 6-0. Paintsville finished runner-up.
Raceland coach T.J. Maynard was named the EKC Coach of the Year while his Rams garnered most of the major awards. Daylin Beach won EKC Player of the Year, Alec Risner was named Defensive Player of the Year and Mac Boggs, Lineman of the Year.
Bath County’s Taborn Kissick was named Offensive Player of the Year. Kissick had 879 yards and six touchdowns in the air.
The Commissioners Awards were presented to Josh Marx from Bath County and Jeffery Williams from Greenup County.
Officials from the EKC also announced next season’s Grid “O” Rama, which will take place at Fleming County and Raceland. Lewis will play against an opponent yet to be named and the host Panthers will face Nicholas County at 8 p.m.
The very next night at Raceland, East Carter will play Paintsville at 5 p.m., Bath County meets Greenup County at 6:30 and Raceland vs. West Carter in the nightcap.
“It was a good year for the EKC,” commissioner Gary Kidwell said. “A lot of our kids in our area don’t get the credit they deserve. If these kids have a resume to send it out to coaches at the next level, they want to know how they did at the end of the year, Eastern Kentucky All-Conference member on the list makes a big difference.”
East and West Carter had several players named to the second team All-EKC. Cole McClain, Kyle Yates, Chase Steele and Ryan Hall made the list for the Raiders while Jacob Nunley and Caden Stephens each made the list for the Comets.
EKC All Conference:
Bath County: Curren Shrout, Brandon Price, DeKeiton Young
East Carter: Qua Davis, Peyton Wilburn, Jordan Ratcliff, Jacob Gray
Fleming County: Maverick Burnett, Aaron James, Wilder Williams
Greenup County: Ryan Byrd, Skyler Williams, Ethan Coldiron
Lewis County: Mason Thruman, Dalton Stamm, Tyler Mustard, Jordan Davis, Isaac Weddington, Chase Parker, Jordan McCann
Nicholas County: Caleb BeCraft
Paintsville: Blake Williams, Lane Daniels, Kent Phelps. Prater Helton
Raceland: Nevan Johnson, Brady Harris, Connor Messer, Adam Elkins, Austin Manis
West Carter: Braden Brown, Austin Travis
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