Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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September 4, 2013

East has tough showing vs. Fairview

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Sept. 4, 2013 —

Late in the second quarter, Fairview used a 60-yard drive to get back on the scoreboard. The drive was capped off by Caleb McKnight’s 1-yard touchdown.

After a long first half, it was going to be tough for East Carter to stop the 5-foot-10, 240-pound fullback from getting in the end zone. McKnight finished with 64 yards on 12 carries.

Even after drives like that, McPeek still sees room for improvement.

“We weren’t coming off the ball like I wanted to offensively,” McPeek said. “We were tip-toeing in the first half. That’s typical early in the season. If we’re doing that late in October I’d be concerned.”

In the second half, Fairview was able to showcase one its main strengths — a talented stable of running backs.

Leading the way was sophomore Tanner Dolen, who was the game’s leading rusher with 15 carries and 102 yards. He scored early in the third quarter after taking a direct snap 35 yards into the end zone.

Isaiah King ran 70 yards, Jalen Thomas had a big 24-yard run and Armonde Yetts had a 12-yard touchdown run.

East Carter did get a 29-yard touchdown from junior Jordan Ratcliff.

After his original hole closed, Ratcliff found a new one on the line, broke three tackles and outran the the Fairview secondary for the score.

“He kept his eyes up, his pads low and his feet moving,” Moore said. “When you do that as a running back you’re going to make some plays. Jordan has been a great running back for us, but the bad thing is he has to play both ways.”

Along with the touchdown, Ratcliff had 40 yards on six carries. Chase Steele was the Raiders leading rusher with 43 yards on eight carries.

East Carter gained 199 yards of total offense, and along with the defense, Moore is seeing some improvement in his team heading into a bye week.

“I saw some improvement from last week,” Moore said “But there are no moral victories. When we come out here, we prepare to win, not to play close.”

East Carter will have this week off before hosting Bath County next Friday.

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