Aug. 21, 2013 —
Parents could also like this fact — Moore said every player will not just be a tackling dummy. They will get coached.
“Our coaches tend to take less money in order to have more coaches,” Moore said. “And that’s so we can coach everybody, freshmen included. Whether you are a freshman or a senior, you are getting coached. You are not just there so some older guy can beat on you, you are there to learn.”
With newfound roster size, East Carter has also discovered newfound youth. East Carter will dress 21 freshmen and 13 sophomores.
But senior Jacob Gray, who transferred his sophomore year from Southwest Pulaski, said the youth has enough talent to help East Carter out.
“We have a lot of potential,” Gray said. “I can see it at every practice and we get better and better. I really do think we have a lot of potential.”
Since Gray has transferred in, East Carter has only won two games. But the senior has seen changes for the better as well.
Along with numbers, Gray points out attendance in the weight room has grown.
“When I first got here nobody was really trying,” Gray said. “Then my junior year, everyone was going hard on every single rep. It didn’t skip a beat. Then at practice we just went hard every single play.”
For Moore, weight room time has been a big key in the way he runs in the program.
The reason: It’s the only way he knows how.
“If you’re not playing another sport, who ought be in the weight room lifting in the offseason a few times a week,” Moore said. “There is no excuse not to be there. My first year I was here we had eight guys in the winter and we were pretty excited. This past year we averaged over 30.
“That’s the bad thing, when you’re driven like our coaches are, we weren’t happy. We wanted everybody there.”
And while the coaches are driven, Moore admits nobody on the field is more motivated than his seniors.
“I’ll say this about this year’s seniors — they’ve done a great job accepting that leadership role,” Moore said. “Leadership has been a strong part of our team this year, and we had a lot of older guys in the past, but at times not a lot of true leadership in the past. These guys really have, because they are not afraid to call out their teammates on stuff that needed to be said.”
Cathey said the reason for that is there a lot of good young players in the East Carter system and the Raiders want to keep them in the program.
“There is a lot of talent in our freshman class,” Cathey said. “We just have to keep them motivated and interested in playing. As a senior you need to keep them in line and help them out. If they mess up, you have to get their head back on right.”
East Carter hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2008, and hasn’t had a winning season since 2005.