Sept. 4, 2013 — After the game, Fairview coach Nathan McPeek told his team they are 1-0. He then said it’s time to get better.
Fairview defeated East Carter 27-6 on Friday night at East Carter High School to extend its regular season winning streak to 22 games.
The Eagles had a slow start though, having 22 yards of total offense in the first quarter. But McPeek said some kinks are expected in the opener.
“Honestly, you could tell it was our first game,” McPeek said. “I told them after the game congratulations on being 1-0, but we have to stay humble and hungry. We got to see a jump because our schedule doesn’t get any easier.”
Fairview did open the game with a spark after sophomore Kurtlen Brown took the opening kickoff to the end zone for an 89-yard touchdown.
After letting Fairview get points on the scoreboard early, East Carter coach Zack Moore said it would have been easy for his team to give up. But the Raiders’ defense kept Fairview from scoring the rest of the quarter.
“I think it’s how you respond to what happens,” Moore said. “I thought we responded well, because that six-spot stayed up there for awhile. It could have been easy for us to go in the tank and not respond right there, but we did. And I’m real proud of that.”
But as the game went on, East Carter fell into a problem that plagued the Raiders last week against Raceland — a lack of depth.
With much of his team playing both ways, Moore watched as Fairview’s big running backs beat up on the Raiders’ defense.
“Our problem right now is we have a lot of guys playing both ways,” Moore said. “And we started to wear down as the game went on. Fairview is just big and physical and they are going take advantage of it when you get tired.”