By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
July 17, 2013 — Since we are on the topic of high school football, East and West Carter both released their football schedules recently.
Both the Raiders and Comets have put together challenging non-district schedules with their full slate of Class 3A District 6 contests.
The Raiders are coming off a 2-8 2012 season with a big win against Morgan County to end the season. Coach Zack Moore is eager to build off that in hopes of a successful 2013.
“The Morgan win was big for our mental psyche,” Moore said. “We just have to play within ourselves and if we do that we can be a good football team. That win should have been inspiring for the team.”
The Comets did not have the season they were hoping for in 2012, going 0-10, but lost just three games by a total of 14 points. Coach Kevin Brown has seen improvement from the offseason from his team.
“Our schedule has changed a little bit,” Brown said. “We replaced a few teams on last year’s schedule to help us compete. We just felt like we needed to make a change there.”
The Raiders open up 2013 on Aug. 24 against Class 1A Power Raceland, which won nine games last season and also made it to the second round of the playoffs. It does not get any easier for East as they host Class 1A state runner-up Fairview in their home opener the following week.
“I think we’ve got one of the toughest schedules in the region,” Moore said. “We filled it with regional teams, we don’t go across the river into Ohio. And it can be challenging especially for a team trying to get back on our feet. We don’t back down, we just do the best that we can.”
West will have one more week off before opening their season on Aug. 30 at Bath County. The Comets will have three of their next four games at home with Nicholas County on Sept. 6 and Morgan County the following week. They will travel to Greenup County before closing out September at home against Russell.
“We love playing our EKC schedule but it was beneficial to change things up and hopefully we’ll take advantage of that,” Brown said. “A lot of the guys ran track to stay in shape and get faster and that’s going to benefit us. One thing is for sure, they are more mature this year that’s true.”
East Carter will have its bye week on Sept. 6. They will play Bath County at home and travel to Lawrence County before opening district play at home against Mason County. The Raiders will host West Carter on Oct. 4 and travel to Lewis County on Oct. 11. From there, they will host Fleming County before ending the regular season at Russell on Oct. 25.
“We have our open week early and I like that after the first two games,” Moore said. “Bath and Lawrence (who East plays after the opener) are not going to be easy but I think more than anything we ought to make improvement as the season goes along.”
The Comets get tough district games out of the gate. After hosting Russell, they will travel to Grayson on the fourth and go to Fleming County on the 11th. They return home on the 18th against Mason County and host Lewis County the following week. They end the regular season on the road at Paintsville on Nov. 1.
But it is the district schedule, Brown said, that provided the most balance for his schedule.
“Within our district, we play two teams that are state title contenders in Russell and Mason year in and year out,” Brown said. “Of course, you can’t count out Fleming or Lewis. East and us will be much improved so it should be a very competitive district. It shouldn’t be any surprise if one team beats another.”
East Carter Football Schedule:
Aug. 24 at Raceland
Aug. 30 vs. Fairview
Sept. 6 OPEN
Sept. 13 vs. Bath County
Sept. 20 at Lawrence County
Sept. 27 vs. Mason County
Oct. 4 vs. West Carter
Oct. 11 at Lewis County
Oct. 18 vs. Fleming County
Oct. 25 at Russell
Nov. 1 OPEN
West Carter Football Schedule:
Aug. 24 OPEN
Aug. 30 at Bath County
Sept. 6 vs. Nicholas County
Sept. 13 vs. Morgan County
Sept. 20 at Greenup County
Sept. 27 vs. Russell
Oct. 4 at East Carter
Oct. 11 at Fleming County
Oct. 18 vs. Mason County
Oct. 25 vs. Lewis County
Nov. 1 at Paintsville
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