CARTER

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will be mak­ing a sac­ri­fice for the greater good of a team’s bet­ter­ment. Davis, a 5-foot10, 185 pound speed­ster, could’ve also made a case for want­ing to be some­where where he could have more of a fea­tured role.

Af­ter a sopho­more year that saw him rush for about 200 yards on 24 car­ries at Rock­dale, Davis missed all of 2016 with a dis­lo­cated shoul­der and torn ro­ta­tor cuff. And for a while, he thought his foot­ball play­ing days were done.

“It hap­pened in spring prac­tice last year,” Davis said. “I was run­ning, and a guy pulled on my arm and it just kind of came apart. I re­ally thought it was over. It was a hard time. But I’m ready to come back and bounce back and just make a ma­jor come­back.”

He’ll do it with an­other Rock­dale team­mate join­ing him in Rogers.

Rogers ran for a 6-yard- per-carry av­er­age on his way to 274 yards and a score dur­ing his 2016 cam­paign at Rock­dale. And Davis doesn’t see a prob­lem with it.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited about this, ac­tu­ally,” Davis said. “Jor­dan and I ran in the back­field at Rock­dale, so it’s pretty cool to see him come to East­side. He’s go­ing to bring a good, phys­i­cal run­ning style to this of­fense.”

Carter said that from what he’s seen in prac­tice, the ad­di­tion of Davis and Rogers will bring a needed change of pace from his own run­ning style that should make East­side’s of­fense tough to stop.

“With me, my break­away speed isn’t re­ally my strength,” Carter said. “But I think I’ve got great vi­sion. Re­ally, I think all three of these guys have great vi­sion. But with Jor­dan and Tyon, you’re go­ing to have more speed com­ing from them. I think we’ll be able to have more suc­cess run­ning the ball to the out­side be­cause of them.”

But Davis isn’t sell­ing the tal­ents of his team­mate Carter short.

“TC is a pretty quick guy too,” Davis said. “He’s pretty quick with his cuts. He’s got the abil­ity to make peo­ple miss.”

But Davis said he may be the one most will­ing to ab­sorb and dis­trib­ute the pun­ish­ment.

“I think I’m more of a straight up and down run­ner,” Davis said. “Where the oth­ers may try to get around you, I may run tougher, like some­times I might try to run the per­son over where TC or Jor­dan might go for the cut. But we all can still put the ham­mer down.”

Davis said he’s en­joyed his brief time at East­side, and has stated that every­one has been ac­com­mo­dat­ing and hasn’t treated him much like a new­comer at all.

“It’s been pretty good be­ing here,” he said. “The coach­ing staff, the players, they’ve all been great to work with. And every­one on the team too. Like work­ing with (La­mar­ius) Ben­son and guys like that has been cool. They’ve re­ally been show­ing me love.”

It’ll def­i­nitely be a new look of­fense for East­side — even up front as the Ea­gles will try to find a few more pieces on the of­fen­sive line to com­ple­ment Ben­son’s ex­pected dom­i­nance. That’s some­thing Carter says he isn’t wor­ried about, though.

“With the lead­er­ship of Ben­son, just him lead­ing the rest, giv­ing them good ad­vice and build­ing chem­istry along with the rest of the backs, I think we’ll gel,” Carter said. “And then with Bray­den (Harper) at quar­ter­back, I know he brings a lot of confidence.”

And the re­unit­ing of his mid­dle school team­mates is the ic­ing on the cake.

“My first re­ac­tion when see­ing them again was how great it’s go­ing to be be­ing on the same team again,” Carter said. “Then com­ing here is go­ing to spark some­thing in us. IT’s go­ing to be great for the East­side rush­ing game.”

Davis agrees, stat­ing that the ex­pec­ta­tions should re­main high de­spite the un­fa­mil­iar faces.

“I think this is go­ing to be a great sea­son for the of­fense,” Davis said. “It’s gonna click for us, and I Think we’ll go far and deep into the play­offs. I think we’ve got some­thing big in store for every­one watch­ing.”

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