2017 HS football preview: East Carter

August 19, 2017 - Finding Carter

East Carter hopes to start a new deteriorate a same approach it finished a final one.

The Raiders upended Fleming County — ranked 10th in Class 3A during a time — to tighten out a unchanging season, 28-20. Senior Josh Ford accounted for 3 touchdowns and 3 takeaways in a contest.

Ford and association are prepared to set their wheels in motion.

“It shows what we can do,” Ford said. “If we put a heads together and come together as a team, who knows where that will take us.”

Third-year manager Tim Champlin pronounced a feat is only what his group indispensable to jumpstart a program. The win had a vital change on a offseason, with copiousness of knowledge returning in 2017.

“We are finally to a indicate that we are personification juniors and seniors,” Champlin said. “We are not personification freshmen and sophomores. Two years in a weight-room module that we have worked on will be extensive for these kids. They get some smoothness any year and they know what to expect. Nothing has altered for them. we feel that all will uncover in a season.”

Champlin forked to a final 3 games final year. He witnessed copiousness to build on, yet a Raiders couldn’t money in on some late opportunities. Finding a approach to tighten out those games will be essential for a group that hasn’t had a winning deteriorate given 2005 and hasn’t warranted a outing to a playoffs in 9 years.

“The Fleming County diversion gave us a shot of confidence,” Champlin said. “But entrance out of a Boyd County and Rowan County games, we felt like we were in those games and had a possibility to win late in a game. We only weren’t means to capitalize. … Even yet they weren’t wins, we had some successes via a game.”

The Raiders enter a deteriorate with several options during using back. Ford earnings to lead a backfield.

“He has been good for us,” Champlin said. “He comes in and works hard. He has finished all we have asked him to do. He fits a offense that we are perplexing to accomplish. We have a run-first, pulsation offense. He is a good man for that.”

Kieran Fankell, Eric Carter, Micah Adams and Isaac Duncan will any get a possibility to lift a football. Carter is behind after a knee damage that caused him to skip some games final year.

“It feels a lot better,” Carter said. “It will always harass me, yet we will put a sleeve on it and we will be prepared to go. Really vehement to be behind out on a field.”

Taylor Hickle is no longer with a team. The Raiders’ former quarterback pennyless his arm late in a deteriorate and beginner Braden Hicks stepped in underneath core and finished out a campaign. Now a sophomore, Hicks has warranted his starting spot.

“He has unequivocally stepped into a purpose and led a team,” Champlin said. “He has stepped in and taken over and we kept relocating forward.”

East Carter graduated pivotal organisation during a far-reaching receiver position. Levi Sparks earnings after a plain 2016 season. Caidan Bond, Tyler Helton and Max Shelton will give Hicks several throwing options.

The Raiders have copiousness of knowledge adult front on their descent line with a lapse of 4 starters — Levi Felty, Bobby Phillips, Willie Barker and John McDavid. Senior Gabe Limings and Jeffrey Bates will be among a seven-man rotating organisation who will also play on a defensive line.

Champlin pronounced a invulnerability finished strides final deteriorate and will be a focal indicate this year.

“I consider we have finished a good pursuit with a defense,” Champlin said. “I consider a kids have bought into what we do defensively. Now 3 years in a system, we can get a small some-more difficult with it any year. We can supplement some wrinkles. Those things will assistance us this year.”

Ford, Fankell, Matt Waite and Tyler Wages will be a linebackers. Wages started as a freshman. He has logged time in a weight room and Champlin pronounced he “looks a part.”

East Carter will have some new faces in a delegate with safeties Helton and Carter. Sparks and Bond have sealed down a dilemma positions.

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