, Port Arthur, Texas


October 29, 2012

'Dogs QB Carson Raines has found comfort level


NEDERLAND — Raines is thriving in his new role. He’s only rushed for 148 yards this season, but has nine rushing TDs. Most of those came in short yardage as he and feature back Kendrick Hopkins have a friendly rivalry on who gets in the end zone.

“It’s all in good fun,” Barrow said. “Kendrick will come running off the field after Carson scores and say, ‘You’re welcome.’ Carson and I kid him that if he hadn’t gotten tackled at the one, he could have scored. We joke around about it, but it’s just one of those things that happen. No one really worries about it.”

This week, Raines’ experience will be put to the test as he goes up against a Lumberton team that loves disguising coverage. That makes preparation tough, but having played against them a number of times, Raines feels ready to make the right reads Friday night.

“(The Raiders) do a really good job of disguising coverage,” Raines said. “It’s really hard to pick up sometimes. But, you can catch them off-guard by doing a fake cadence and reading their eyes. It’s hard, even coach can’t do it all the time. I’ve seen them a lot now. You just have to prepare for it and try to recognize it during the game.”

BULLDOG BITES: The son of Ramon and Darla Raines, Carson was in the Port Neches-Groves school system at one time, but transferred over to Nederland and C.O. Wilson before seventh grade. … Raines said he’s gotten numerous letters from colleges, but nothing significant yet. He’s still weighing his options, which may include baseball, and is undecided on what he’d like to go to college to study. … Raines has scored rushing TDs this season, he’s thrown for TDs and against PN-G, he almost caught one. Raines caught a pass on a QB throwback play that he said should have gone for a touchdown. He was held to a 22-yard gain and was tackled by Dalton Peveto and Corbin Coy at the PN-G 37. … Nederland’s 35-0 shutout of Beaumont Ozen was the first shutout for the Bulldogs since last season against Lumberton. The Bulldog defense has now had three shutouts in its last 15 games. That’s as many shutouts as Nederland had in its previous six seasons over 62 games. … Junior back Kendrick Hopkins became the third back in 20-4A to break 1,000 yards this season. He still trails district leader Montana Quirante of Vidor by 220 yards and second-place Alex Sezer of LC-M by 123 yards.


Five Questions with Carson Raines

Who’s your favorite band? Randy Rogers Band

What’s your favorite movie? Dumb and Dumber

Do you have a secret talent? Blowing bubbles

Do you have any pets? If so, what? Two dogs, Bella is a German Shepherd and Kelly is a schnauzer

If you could play another position, what would it be? Receiver.


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