By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
Aug. 21, 2013 — Many teams are fine-tuning their game plans for the start of the regular season this week. East Carter used the EKC Gridorama to see where they stand after preseason camp.
They faced Greenup County, a team coming off an 0-10 season. The Raiders, who were 2-8 last year, fell to the Musketeers 26-0. Coach Zack Moore is not chalking this up as a big loss.
“This is a scrimmage and a lot of people blow the grid out of proportion,” Moore said. “Two years ago we beat Nicolas County 17-0 and then we go 0-10. It means nothing.”
Greenup shocked East right out of the gate after Kenton Boggs ripped off an 83-yard touchdown run on the first play of the game. Later in the first, Zach Cathey, who is transitioning to be the Raiders’ quarterback, dropped back to pass but was intercepted by Ryan Byrd who ran it in to the end zone to make it 14-0.
“I put that towards a lot of first time players and starters,” Moore said. “It’s not really an excuse but at the same time, there’s a reason for all of this stuff happening but we’ll get better.”
East would settle down after the first quarter and played much better on both sides of the ball, despite not being able to put points on the board.
“We had a couple of nice stands and when we go back and look at the film, we’ll have a better idea of how we looked,” Moore said. “We had some flashes on offense with some things looking good but the bottom line is, we’re not sustaining blocks right now and when you don’t do that, you won’t have very many chances to make a lot of big plays.”
Greenup would tack on more points in the second half after Kyle Cohcran caught a 19-yard touchdown pass. Eli Skaggs would punch it in from five yards out in the fourth quarter to push the margin to 26.
“I am worried about them but I know with experience those things are going to get corrected because we have a ton of first time players out there right now,” Moore said. “They’re going to make mistakes. Hopefully we got a lot of them out of system (Saturday) and we’ll improve between now and next Saturday.”
Moore thought Cathey played well for his first time under center but knows there is plenty of room for improvement from everyone on offense.
“It takes repetition,” Moore said. “With him going to quarterback, we lose something at halfback. There were some creases early in the game too that really could’ve turned in to some big plays for us if we had our (starters) in there.”
The scrimmage was for Moore to see his team respond to adversity. He said he felt like his team got better.
“I’m not worried about this at all,” Moore said. “I know our guys are going to bounce back and we better be ready for next week.”
East Carter will head back to Raceland this Saturday to open the 2013 season at 7:30 p.m.
“We’ve played a really good Raceland team these past two years so we know what to expect,” Moore said. “This year will be no different and we’re excited for the challenge.”
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