Oct. 9, 2013 — You never know what to expect in a rivalry game. No lead is safe and East Carter found that out the hard way.
The Raiders led 23-0 at halftime only to see it wither away. Luckily for East, the time ran out as they held on to defeat West Carter 23-21 in Class 3A District 6 play.
“There is no such thing as an ugly win and we’ll take this one,” East Carter coach Zack Moore said. “We need to get mentally tougher. We can’t take our foot off the pedal but give credit to West Carter. They battled all the way and we did not.”
Chase Steele was on a mission in Grayson Friday night, scoring two touchdowns and running for 300 yards in his last game against West.
The senior tailback said he was not about to go out losing to their rivals to the west.
“I give all the credit to the offensive line,” Steele said. “They created holes for me to get those yards. It was the battle for the Barrel. We wanted to keep it.”
Steele hustled his way for 60 yards in what he thought was a touchdown but went out of bounds inside the 1-yard line. He would be rewarded for his efforts as he scored the next play.
Steele was not done in the first half, bursting through the middle of the Comet defensive line for a 71-yard scamper to the endzone. He had 243 yards in the first half.
“Chase did a really nice job,” Moore said. “His yards were front-loaded in the first half but it takes away from our team. We did not, I repeat, did not play well in the second half.”
The Comets were without starting quarterback Braden Brown for the second straight week due to an ankle injury. As a major part of their offense, his absence was missed but the Comets did not back down.