Written By: JMF
Both teams are coming off big wins last week. Both teams know the importance of this game. The winner of this game will be in the driver’s seat for a home playoff game. East Carter (4-2) has won 2 straight and 4 of their last 5 games. Fleming County (4-2) won big last week and is looking for continued consistency and looking to avoid a letdown this week.
The Raiders of East Carter have been very impressive this season. After dropping their season-opener, they have won 4 of 5. They enter this week’s game averaging 33.3 points per game on the season. In the last 5 games they are averaging 35.8 points per game and haven’t scored less than 33 points in those 5 games.
The high-powered offense is led by a combination of Quentin Johnson and Landon Yoak. Johnson has completed 56 of 88 passes on the season for 739 yards passing, 9 TDs, and only 2 INTs on the season. He is averaging 123.2 yards passing per game. Yoak has ran the ball 71 times for 521 yards and 9 TDs on the season. Michael Hall has 21 receptions for 383 yards and 3 TDs for the Raiders. Gabe Roberts has 24 receptions for 276 yards and 6 TDs. Roberts also has a rushing TD for the Raiders this season.
Fleming County coach, Bill Spencer, acknowledges what is at stake in this game. He has nothing but respect for East Carter. He is aware of the challenge that his team is facing. East Carter can beat you with both the run and the pass, and they are very physical on defense.
Fleming County has a high-powered offense as well. The Panthers enter this week’s game averaging 31.2 points per game. Austin Trent leads the way for the Panthers. He has carried the ball 118 times for 713 yards rushing and 7 TDs this season. He is averaging 118.8 yards per game. Jordan Harn has carried the ball 32 times for 268 yards and has 5 rushing TDs on the season. Aiden Johnson has 15 carries for 88 yards and 4 TDs. Panthers’ QB, Nate Martin has completed 52 of 93 passes for 808 yards and 7 TDs. He is averaging 134.7 passing yards per game.
Both defenses need to bring their best games this week. With both offenses averaging over 30 points per game, this could be a shootout! Both defenses need to be sound in their tackling and try to force some turnovers. One thing for sure, this is going to be a battle. This Friday, Oct. 6th, you will want to get to Grayson to watch these two teams battle!