Kyle Smith throws during Friday’s match-up with Russell.

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Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

The Raiders of East Carter kicked off their football season with a loss at Russll, 21-0.

East came out in the first quarter and had a turn over in their first series. Russell scored with nine minutes left in the first quarter. East had the opportunity to score in the first on a fourth down conversion that was blocked. The two team battled through the rest of three scoreless quarters.

“We made some great plays in the first half of the game, but we lost our edge in the fourth quarter,” Coach Aaron Baldwin said. “Our defensive intensity was out of this world, but we really had some problems on offense.”

Russell pushed their way into the end zone in the fourth as East ran out of steam.

“Russell is a really good defensive team,” Baldwin said. “We shot ourselves in the foot with penalties, center exchange fumbles, and a couple of interceptions. We just made mistakes you always make in the first couple ball games that you hope to get worked out.”

Darren Brammell led the Raiders in rushing yards with 41 on 15 carries. Tyler Back had 18 in seven while Brett Carra, Cody Prichard and Kyle Smith combined for 10 rushing yards. At quarterback, Kyle Smith was 1 for 6 in the air to Tanner Ashworth.

Ashworth and Brammell each pulled down an interception and Cody Bush recovered a fumble.

“Defensively, we had some kids with double digit tackle games,” Baldwin said. “We did a really nice job defensively and I was really proud of our kids.”

Despite the loss, Baldwin and his team were proud to play in Friday’s game with Russell, because it was a Breast Cancer Awareness game.

“This was a good opportunity for our kids to be involved with something that is bigger than themselves and raise money for a worthy cause,” Baldwin said. “We knew we would have to play hard. We can look at it as a game to get better and Russell will make you a better team.”

The Raiders have an open week this Friday, and will use film from Friday’s loss to find their weaknesses and improve.

“We have to get our heads on straight when we play offense,” Baldwin said. “Our kids love to play defense, but on off we aren’t there yet.”

East will play host to Fairview Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

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