Raceland got a fight, but it only lasted for one round.
Ahead only 12-6 at halftime, Raceland went on a
26-0 second-half run to defeat East Carter 38-6 at East Carter High School on Friday night.
Rams’ coach T.J. Maynard watched as his team shot themselves in the foot during the first half.
“Seems like every time we would make a big play, a momentum-changing play, we would get some type of penalty or we would turn the ball over,” Maynard said.
“East Carter was a feisty team, and in the first half they gave us everything we wanted.”
Raceland had passes of 91 and 31 yards called back in the first half, but capitalized on two big touchdown runs by Daylin Beach.
Beach added another score in the second half, and finished with 97 rushing yards and 32 receiving yards.
“He’s played receiver for us for two years so he knows how to run routes and catch the football,” Maynard said of Beach. “But growing up he always played running back, so we want to get his hands on the ball. But we want to take advantage of him in space, too, running routes.
“He’s a kid who can make big plays for us.”
Zack Litteral added 85 yards rushing for the Rams.
While Raceland didn’t have trouble moving the ball in the first half, the Rams were stalled by penalities and two turnovers.
East Carter got good field position several times in the first half, starting on the Raceland 25-, 13-, 32- and 24-yard line.
All the Raiders could muster was two Quinn Huddle field goals.
With such a short field to work with, Maynard really credited his team’s defensive play to limit East Carter to the field goals.
“Luckily in the first half I thought our defense played outstanding,” Maynard said. “They were on our 13, and I challenged the defense to hold them to three. We were put in a bad situation and it was good to see them step up.”
When the second half started it was all Raceland, starting with a seven-play, 64 yard drive, capped off by a Beach 6-yard run.
On the next East Carter possession, Raceland’s Connor Messer intercepted a pass. That was followed by a 40-yard touchdown pass from Adam Elkins to Rodney Vance.
Elkins and Vance connected again in the third quarter, this time going 86 yards down the field, in what was the backbreaker.
Elkins finished out the scoring with a 16-yard quarterback keeper in the fourth quarter.
The junior quarterback finished 11-of-17 for 223 yards with two touchdowns along with 80 rushing yards.
But while his numbers were good, penalties and mistakes cost him some big yards.
“He did a lot of good things and made some really nice throws,” Maynard said. “In the first half he had A.J. Joseph on a nice go-route and he dropped it. Then we had a guy wide open and he throws it out of bounds.
“Those were the things in the first half that we corrected in the second half and got some big plays.”
East Carter struggled to move the ball with last year’s leading rusher Conner Staton on the sidelines in a leg cast.
The Raiders’ Blake Mayo wore Staton’s No. 23 jersey in his honor, but couldn’t help the Raiders pick up big yards. East Carter managed just two yards rushing, while some late passes gave them 100 yards through the air.
Cade Stidham had a fumble recovery and an interception for the Raiders, while the biggest play from scrimmage was a Donovan Roe 58-yard pass to Cole Boggs in the fourth quarter.
Raceland got a fight, but it only lasted for one round.
- Local Sports
62nd District Softball: East playing second fiddle no longer
East Carter’s Morgan Jacobs fired a pitch across the plate for strike three in the bottom of the seventh inning and jumped into the arms of first baseman Montana Fouts.
Salow Show: Ashland ace halts Boyd’s district streak
What’s the encore for a perfect game?
62nd District baseball: Staton strives after storm
East Carter’s Conner Staton hasn’t lost a 62nd District in his high school career. As a senior, he wasn’t going to let that change.
63rd District baseball: Greenup County outduels Lewis, 7-3
Lightning delayed the 63rd District Tournament championship game several times following the first inning on Tuesday, creating a late night for Greenup County and Lewis County.
Boyd’s Fraley commits to Herd
Boyd County sophomore basketball player Logan Fraley has announced her commitment to Marshall University.
The 5-foot-11 shooting guard informed Marshall women’s coach Matt Daniel of her decision on Monday morning, which was confirmed by Boyd County coach/father Pete Fraley via text message.
63rd softball: Greenup leans on bunting, baserunning; Russell wins
Immersed in another district contest with little breathing room, Greenup County softball coach Eric Keeton resorted to the strengths of his lineup: bunting and baserunning.
Two bunts and a swinging bunt helped the Lady Musketeers scratch across three runs in the fifth inning of a 6-2 victory over Raceland in the 63rd District Tournament opening round on Monday night at Russell High School. Top-seeded Russell defeated Lewis County, also 6-2, earlier in the evening.
Boyd pounds out 11 hits to go along with Grimm’s shutout, 14-0
Robbie Shivel might be a little sore after Monday night, but it was Fairview that left the game battered and bruised.
Boyd County belted out 11 hits to go along with Dylan Grimm's complete-game gem as the Lions roared past Fairview, 14-0, in the opening round of the 64th District Tournament at Ashland's Alumni Field. The game lasted five innings.
Different look, same results for Lady Lions
A longtime fixture in the 64th District softball championship game, Boyd County looked different this return trip.
The Lady Lions defeated Fairview 10-5 in Monday’s district semifinal, which doubled as an Autism Awareness Night. Boyd County players wore light blue shirts and colorful, jigsaw puzzle socks for the event, which had to be rescheduled more than once due to weather problems.
Musketeers explode in final 2 innings to beat Raceland; good times continue for Lewis
Through the first four innings of its 63rd District Tournament opener, Greenup County found itself hitless. The Musketeers made up for it over the next two innings.
Greenup County scored eight runs on eight hits in the final two innings to defeat Raceland, 9-1, at Russell High School on Monday.
The will to win
Opponents get the same look from Emily Stewart whether it’s softball, basketball or soccer season.
Steely eyed and lips pursed, the Boyd County senior is keenly focused and all business between the lines.
- More Local Sports Headlines
- 62nd District Softball: East playing second fiddle no longer