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Former Bay City coach thankful for opportunity

By MIKE FORMAN
July 29, 2013 at 2:29 a.m.


THSCA All-Star Football Game

North all-stars vs. South all-stars

7:30 p.m., Tuesday, at Amon Carter Stadium on the TCU campus

FORT WORTH - Hank Carter has coached state championship teams as an assistant at Bay City and a head coach at Lake Travis.

But Carter is looking forward to his first opportunity to coach in the Texas High School Coaches Association's All-Star Football Game.

Carter will be the head coach for the South squad Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Amon Carter Stadium on the TCU campus.

"We try to make it as special as we can," Carter said. "We have gotten an opportunity to meet some awesome kids. I know a lot of them will go on to play in the NFL, and it will be one of those things where I'll be showing my kids, 'Hey, I coached that guy.'

"I'm impressed by how quickly these kids have picked up the concepts," he continued. "I've never coached an all-star game like this. We have seven practices to get them ready, so it's kind of trying to gauge how much to put on. We knew they were great football players, but I'm really impressed with how quickly they picked up everything."

Carter has enjoyed coaching El Campo's Cole Hunt and Yoakum's Keith Ratley.

Hunt will play defensive end before beginning his college career at Rice, where he will play tight end.

"This is my last time to play D-end," Hunt said. "My goal is to get a couple of sacks and a get a turnover so I can go out the right way."

Ratley will play wide receiver and plans to attend Blinn College but is unsure if he will continue his athletic career.

"Probably if anything, I'll go for football," he said. "But if not, I'll just continue my academics. I've talked to coach (Ronny) Feldman, but it all depends on what's better for me and everybody else."

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