Raiders defeat Lions with explosive plays

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Oct. 14—GRAYSON — The East Carter faithful set off an inadvertent group of fireworks during homecoming night.

It joined the group of explosive plays that the Raiders displayed against Lewis County on Friday night.

East Carter's Ryland Pfau showed his speed and Ryan Carter demonstrated his breakaway ability in a 38-6 win over the Lions at Steve Womack Field.

"Ryland Pfau has done a really good job for us this year," East Carter coach Tim Champlin said. "He's played a lot of tailback for us. He has really learned that position. Mentally and physically. We wanted him to take the next step and we moved him to our wing position and did more stuff with him. We used him on the jet play. He's fast enough to run that play. Our kids did a really good job of blocking it."

Pfau and Carter made the most of their touches. Each had the ball in their hands for five plays total but had 96 yards apiece and combined for three touchdowns.

Pfau ended the Raiders' first drive on a high note. The speedy back took a shovel pass from quarterback Quentin Johnson and found the edge to sprint for a 31-yard touchdown. He bookended the first half with a similar play that looked to be halted by Lewis County defenders. The junior quickly reacted and applied more horsepower to his stride down the sideline to net a 27-yard scoring play. It started a running clock.

Carter accounted for 14 total points on the night. The kicker and defender have found his role in the offense. The senior uses a mixture of fast and force in his running style. Carter found a lane to the end zone late in the first quarter to increase the East Carter lead to 17-0. He also booted a 33-yard field goal on the previous drive and made all five of his extra points.

"He's one of our starting linebackers," Champlin said, "so we try to keep him fresh for defense. We don't have a ton of depth at the position. He's a kid that we have put in here and there. He had a breakout game tonight. He did really well. He only had two carries but they were big and explosive carries. He did a great job of seeing the hole and once he was in it, he had a burst of speed."

The Raiders' defense has made an impact during district play and it continued against Lewis County. East Carter held their opponent to 160 total yards, 75 came on a second-half run by Alex Russell.

"Our defense has played extremely well," Champlin said. "Early on, they struggled at times. They had some games where they didn't play outstanding. I have to give credit to our defensive staff. We had players that wanted to work and get better. They have learned from their mistakes and in district play, they have really stepped it up. Last week (against Fleming County) they kept us in the game."

After Bryer Holbrook capped off another long Carter run with a 1-yard TD plunge, the Lions attempted to mount a late drive before halftime.

Landon Yoak corralled an interception and somehow tight-roped the sideline before eluding defenders on his way to a defensive touchdown.

Lewis County (2-6, 1-3 in Class 3A, District 6) fumbled the ball in the closing seconds of the second frame. Two plays later, Pfau crossed the goal line to give the Raiders 38 points by the break.

East Carter had four takeaways.

"It's something that started in practice," Champlin said. "After the first couple of weeks, we realized we didn't have a takeaway. We started setting aside takeaway periods in practice. I don't know if those drills helped us get those takeaways, but it's just the mentality of it. Now our kids know that we rep it every week and now it's a part of who we are. We want to take the ball away from the other team and give ourselves some momentum shots."

Russell had 83 rushing yards for the Lions.

Johnson added 46 ground yards and 93 more through the air for the Raiders.

East Carter (6-2, 3-0) travels to Russell next week to compete for a district championship. Champlin expects the same production on both sides of the ball on the road.

"I feel like we have a ton of confidence," Champlin said. "We are playing really well and we are clicking in all phases of the game. Our special teams and defense are playing well. We have weapons at every position. ... Quentin looks really good on the rollout game. He takes three or four and gets a first down. It adds another dynamic to the game that adds layers that you can build on. It makes it difficult for others to defend."

LEWIS CO. 0 0 6 0 — 6

E. CARTER 17 21 0 0 — 38

FIRST QUARTER

EC—Ryland Ffau 31 pass from Quentin Johnson (Ryan Carter kick), 8:53

EC—Carter 33 field goal, 4:24

EC—Carter 48 run (Carter kick), :42

SECOND QUARTER

EC—Bryer Holbrook 1 run (Carter kick), 3:26

EC—Landon Yoak 42 interception return (Carter kick), :31

EC—Pfau 27 pass from Johnson (Carter kick), :04

THIRD QUARTER

LC—Alex Russell 75 run (run failed), 3:21

LC EC

First Downs 7 11

Rushes-Yards 13-84 21-221

Comp-Att-Int 10-31-1 9-16-1

Passing Yards 76 132

Fumbles-Lost 3-3 1-1

Punts-Avg. 5-20.2 2-42.5

Penalties-Yards 1-10 4-40

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Lewis County rushing: Russell 5-83, Cooper 7-1, Bloomfield 1-0.

East Carter rushing: Johnson 9-46, Carter 2-96, Pfau 1-38, Yoak 4-20, Holbrook 3-13, Wireman 1-3, McGuffin 1-5.

Lewis County passing: Cooper 10 of 31 for 76 yards and an interception.

East Carter passing: Johnson 6 of 11 for 93 yards, McGuffin 3 of 5 for 39 yards and an interception.

Lewis County receiving: Noble 3-46, Puente 6-26, Cottingham 1-4.

East Carter receiving: Roberts 2-22, Potter 1-14, Pfau 2-58, Beason 1-(minus-1), Bellew 2-16, C. Hall 1-23.