Eastern View’s Hatfield beat Fauquier’s Carter in coaching reunion game
Jamie Carter served as a Fauquier assistant coach under Greg Hatfield from 2005-07. --Fauquier Times Staff Photo/Randy Litzginer
It wasn’t exactly the Hatfields and McCoys.
After coaching together at Fauquier for three seasons, Eastern View’s Greg Hatfield and Fauquier’s Jamie Carter had nothing but nice things to say about each other Friday, when they faced off for the first time as opposing coaches.
“You still have so many good friends over there. Guys that you like and respect and care a lot for,” Hatfield said after Eastern View won, 24-17. “You like playing your friends. It's fun, but at the same time, you feel for your friends” after they lose.
From 2005-07, Carter served as an assistant coach under Hatfield, who was Fauquier’s head coach.
“I'm on his coaching tree and he's a guy that really gave me a big break,” Carter said. “I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for him and some other guys. It's cool to coach against him, but it's not really something I thought a whole lot about.”
When Hatfield left Fauquier for Eastern View in 2008, Carter and much of Fauquier coaching staff remained in Warrenton. Mark Scott got promoted and was head coach for four seasons before resigning in 2011. Carter replaced him last season and went 7-4.
Carter’s familiarity with Hatfield may have helped the Falcons play Eastern View closer than any other opponent this season.
“They still run the same [spread] offense we ran,” Carter said, comparing Hatfield’s current Cyclones and former Falcons. While “we've kind of evolved away from that, they've really perfected that. They have the athletes to do it and they're committed to it.”
Carter’s Falcons still primarily use a shotgun spread offense but, unlike under Hatfield and Scott, they don’t focus on throwing the ball.
“We felt like we had to get back to the ground [game] and get that good run-pass mix to be successful,” Carter said.
In 2005, Hatfield brought the pass-heavy spread offense to Fauquier, a team with its history rooted in running the ball.
The coaches’ reunion Friday didn’t disappoint. Eastern View went on a 21-7 run in the fourth quarter to overcome a late deficit and win.
“What a great football game,” said Hatfield, who left the field hootin’ and hollerin’. "How could you not be fired up after watching that football game and taking part in it. Just seeing kids step up and make the plays that they made was exciting.”
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