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Sparkplug Carter says Hunters will be back

Disappointment" was not nearly strong enough to describe the emotion on Jeremy Carter's face as the final seconds ticked off the clock in Friday's Denfeld loss.

Disappointment" was not nearly strong enough to describe the emotion on Jeremy Carter's face as the final seconds ticked off the clock in Friday's Denfeld loss.
The Hunters' emotional defensive captain watched rather helplessly as his dream of an undefeated season slipped away on a rain-soaked Griggs Field, as Hibbing escaped with a 12-7 win.
"This is my last year," said Carter. "And that's why that first loss was so hard to take."
It was also painful because he didn't feel like his team was mentally ready to battle the Bluejackets, which he believes was his responsibility.
"I'm the leader," he said. "It's my job to get those guys fired up. It's all about preparation, and on Friday, we weren't prepared."
The 5-foot, 6-inch defensive backfield terror is a big proponent of preparation. His weeks are spent screaming through the Hunters' practices, consumed by his mission.
"I understand my role," said Carter. "I'm trying to get the defense fired up all week long."
He did the same thing on Friday, bouncing around inside the defense's huddle, small in stature but loud in voice.
"Nobody's giving up," he shouted over and over again.
It's been a motto that he's followed for as long as he can remember, and one that has served him particularly well as an under-sized athlete with a giant heart.
"Growing up, I probably got beat up every day," said Carter. "But it made me tough. I never wanted to lose -- ever."
And in a game dominated by large men, the diminutive Carter has carved out a niche.
"I like being small," he said. "I use it to my advantage. I've had to work extra hard to get anywhere, so there's nothing I can do but use it to my advantage and attack the knees. The only bad thing is that it isn't bringing me anywhere (in terms of a college scholarship)."
But it has gained him the respect of his teammates, who he says will look a little different this Friday when they take the field against Superior.
"We're going to change lots of things," he said. "In practice, everyone is going to participate, and I'll tell you one thing, we're going to come ready to play this week."

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