By Grant Stevens - Sports Editor
Oct. 10, 2012 —
Last Friday’s East Carter Homecoming matchup against Lewis County was more important than the crowning of queens.
In high school football land, it's the winner guaranteeing themselves a spot in the postseason.
Unfortunately, the Raiders could not build upon its first win in two years, falling to Lewis County, 25-7, essentially barring any possibilities for an appearance in the postseason.
Though things did not bode well for East throughout the night, the first seven minutes of play was a different story.
Senior quarterback Donovan Roe found consistency in the passing game on East Carter’s first drive of the game, delivering back-to-back first down tosses to Zach Cathy and Bradley Marsh.
After several short yardage gains by fullback Cade Stidham, the Raiders found themselves in a fourth down and five situation, looking at a 45-yard field goal for Quinn Huddle.
Known for tossing trick plays into the mix, Head Coach Zack Moore threw a kink into the plan. Roe hit Zach Parsons in the right corner of the end zone for a 32-yard touchdown to complete the faked field goal. Huddle converted the PAT to put the Raiders up 7-0 with eight minutes to go.
The Lions wasted no time responding, as the Raiders held Lewis County to a fourth down on its own 45-yard line only to see Levi Clark hit Chase Parker for a 55-yard touchdown pass. East held onto the lead, 7-6, making a stop on the two-point conversion.
This would be the last time the Raiders would lead in the game, despite solid running effort from Blake Mayo in the backfield for his first game back, carrying the ball 12 times for 48 yards.
As has been the story many times this season, the Raiders made it into enemy territory, four other times on this night, but were unable to make that push to pay dirt.
Lewis County leading 12-7 grabbed the game changer just before the half expired, recovering its own fumble in the end zone to take a commanding 18-7 lead.
“We had a chance there to make a play and keep them out of the end zone,” Moore said. “That’s the difference between 12-7 and 18-7, and that would have meant a lot considering the way we were struggling offensively tonight.”
With the loss East Carter drops to 1-7 on the year. The Raiders will have a bye week this week before picking up action again next Friday at home against Russell.
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