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August 21, 2013

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Aug. 21, 2013 — Zach Cathey said each East Carter football team makes two goals for the season — get a winning record and reach the playoffs.

The senior has seen neither in his first three years with the Raiders.

“It’s really hard, because that’s always the goal for us,” Cathey said.  “My whole three years I’ve been up here I’ve had three wins. We make it a goal every year to make the playoffs and get a winning season. But when you don’t get that, it just kills you.”

Cathey is one of 11 seniors on the Raiders’ roster this year. But the bigger deal is Cathey is one of only five seniors that played all four years in the East Carter system.

Other four-year players include Robert Blevins, Dakota Marshall, Chase Felty and Chase Steele.

East Carter head coach Zach Moore said the hardest part about coaching these five guys is seeing how hard they worked, but they only have three wins to show for it.

“They’re the only five really left standing,” Moore said. “They’ve won three games in three years and that’s tough. It’s one of those things where when they look back in 10 years, they are going to see how much better they got. But that doesn’t do a heck of a lot for right now.

“It’s been tough on them. And you feel an obligation as a coach to do a little bit more for them, so they feel a little bit better about their experience here.”

Moore is entering his third year at the helm of the East Carter football program.

His start as the Raiders head coach couldn’t have started worse — East Carter went an imperfect 0-10 in his first season.

“I just have to laugh about it now,” Moore said. “It was miserable, but at the same time looking back on it, it wasn’t as bad as we thought. There is so much progress made.

“At the same time there is progress there. But what you hate is as a coach that you have good kids that are working hard, and the best you can tell them is we’re making progress.”

The Raiders did make progress last season picking up two wins, including a victory over rival West Carter.

And with Moore’s system really taking over, the players have seen a lot of changes to the atmosphere in Grayson.

One of the big factors is the atmosphere seems more crowded. There are 53 players on the Raiders’ roster this season.

“I don’t really remember that many on the team before,” Cathey said. “I think a lot of people have heard about what coach Moore brings and how he keeps us in line. I think the parents like that, so they are letting their kids play.”

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