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Kyle Smith looks for the pass during Friday’s match up with Fairview.

East Carter took down Fairview at home Friday night, 16-13. The win marks the Raiders’ first of the season.

“It was one of those games we were lucky to win, but we will take it,” Coach Aaron Baldwin said. “I am pleased with their effort. Both teams played hard and stayed consistent with the game.”

East took first blood when Darren Brammell scored a 41-yard touchdown in the first quarter and Matt Langstaff scored the extra point.

Quarterback Kyle Smith went 2-for-4 in the air for 35-yards. Smith also led the team in rushing yards with 59 in 14 carries. Brammell had 55-yards in eight carries and one touchdown while Tyler Back went 41 yards in 13 carries and had one TD. Cody Prichard had 11 yards in two carries and Corey Bush had eight in two. Ryan Kitchen carried twice for one yard gained and Brett Carra went nine in two. Martin Staeb went seven yards in one carry.

Back scored the team’s second touchdown in the second quarter, but the extra point snap was fumbled. With the game tied up and less than a minute on the clock, Langstaff kicked a field goal for three points and the Raiders were able to hold down Fairview. Back intercepted the last pass of the game with no time left on the clock to seal the win.

Back and Staeb each pulled one pass from the air, gaining 31 and four yards respectively.

Brammell grabbed one interception to give the Raiders possession. Back also caught an interception to return 26 net rushing yards.

Tanner Wells led East in tackles on the defensive side of the ball with six solos and three assists. Back had five solos and Cody Bush tackled four alone and assisted on four. Carra, Staeb, Brammell, Corey Bush and Kyle Smith had three solo tackles each.

“My kids were in the right place at the right time,” Baldwin said. “Some call that luck but we call it preparation. For something good to happen on a sports field, the kids have to do what they have been taught and execute it well. Football is not a challenging game, they know what we are going to do and we know what they are going to do. Basically it comes down to who does it better.”

The Raiders host East Carter this Friday at 7:30 p.m.

“This is a huge game,” Baldwin said. “This is our biggest rival on the schedule. They are a good team and I am impressed with their film. They are very scary and we are going to have to bring our A game to win.”

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