Two-Carr team: Pair of brothers push Donoho and themselves to elevate their games
by Brandon Miller
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Donoho's starting quarterback, Chris Carr, left, with his younger brother, Kevin Carr, also a Donoho quarterback.
Donoho's starting quarterback, Chris Carr, left, with his younger brother, Kevin Carr, also a Donoho quarterback.
ANNISTON — Shannon Felder has more in common with Chris and Kevin Carr than the “Donoho” that will be on the brothers’ jerseys and coach’s polo this fall.

Chris, a senior, and Kevin, a sophomore, have succeeded in football, basketball, baseball and track and field, essentially the same as Felder and his year-and-a-half older brother, Eric, did three decades later.

“We played ball together, we practiced together and we kind of trained together, because we played football, basketball and baseball,” said Felder, who has Eric as one of his assistant coaches. “For us, the summer was a time to train for all three sports every day.”

Summers at the Carr household haven’t been much different. With Chris moving to quarterback during spring practice, he and Kevin, who plays multiple positions on offense, have spent hours on end in their yard improving their games.

“Playing with him as much as I have, I know what he’s going to do and what he’s not going to do,” Chris said. “I know I can depend on him, and also most of my other teammates, too. I’ve played with all of them, like (teammate) Justin Foster. So we can depend on all of them.”

Kevin, whose favorite sport is basketball, said playing with his older brother created a competitive nature at a young age, which elevated his game. For Felder, things were similar.

“I remember the last game that we played in baseball, the team had five hits with Eric having three and I had two. The last football game, I had three touchdowns and he had two,” the coach said. “There was a little switch there.”

Attending high school in Texas, each Felder brother earned all-state honors on the baseball diamond, Shannon a center fielder and Eric a shortstop.

Chris and Kevin both made the all-Calhoun County baseball and football teams last season.

“Just having him be there, it’s been a blessing to see him and my teammates going out there and playing hard,” Kevin said.

“We have good teammates and that’s what I like about Chris and my teammates. We just play really well together with the team.”

This fall Felder will call on the Carr brothers more often than not.

The Falcons have 18 players on their varsity roster, meaning the biggest impact players play offense, defense and on every special teams unit. In turn, that also means eyes will be on one, if not both, of the Carr brothers every play throughout the entire season.

“There are certainly high expectations for Chris and Kevin,” Felder said. “They both work hard and have done a good job. Chris is the quarterback, but Kevin is the second-string quarterback. They both play multiple positions and will continue to.”

Whether it's Chris handing off or throwing the ball to Kevin, the two are determined to score touchdown after touchdown.

Times like that create memories like the ones Felder and his brother, both running backs, used to discuss after each game when they were teenagers. And while the Carr brothers live it this fall, Felder will have his brother by his side as an assistant coach.

“I’m certainly thankful to have my brother with me and to have shared what we have shared as athletes and coaches. It’s been a blessing and wonderful experience and I’m looking forward to it continuing.”

Brandon Miller covers prep sports for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3575 or follow him on Twitter @bmiller_star.
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