Moore Friday night light is officially happening

Friday night lights will officially resume on August 21 with the Raiders home opener against Cascade. {File Photo}

Official word from Governor Bill Lee came down this week and Friday night lights will officially kick off on Friday, August 21 at Doug Price Field inside Raider Stadium with the home opener against Cascade. Governor Lee is expected to sign Executive Order 55 this week, which will include an exception to the contact sports restrictions for Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) schools.

“We appreciate being able to work with Governor Lee and his staff on this,” said TSSAA Executive Director Bernard Childress. “I am pleased that we were able to develop some very specific guidelines for every sport that will allow our kids to get out on their fields and fully participate in football and girls’ soccer this fall.”

All rules for contact sports issued by the TSSAA Board of Control on July 22 remain in effect. To read those rules, click here.

Coach Kris White began heat acclimatization practices with his team on July 20. Each players must complete two days of helmet only and three days of helmets and pads practice before moving on to full equipment practices.

The governor’s order should also mean that the Raider’s regular season will take place as originally scheduled with 10 regular season games and an open date. Region 5A playoffs should also kick off on November 6 as originally planned. State championship games would take place in Cookeville from December 3-5.

As stated in our July 22 article, the TSSAA has added multiple social distancing requirements including temperature checks and masks for fans.

For more news and updates concerning Raider Football, there are a couple of social media pages you should like including the new student-run Moore County Sports Network. Click here to like their Facebook page. •

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Lynchburg native Bobby Majors added to Hall of Fame ballot

Lynchburg native Bobby Majors was recently added to College Football Hall of Fame ballot. {Historic Photo via Tennessee Athletics}

Another Majors with Lynchburg roots is making football news. Former Tennessee Volunteer punt and kick returner, Bobby Majors, joined two other former Tennessee players – wide receiver Willie Gault and linebacker Al Wilson – on the National Football Foundation’s 2021 College Football Hall of Fame ballot.

Robert Owen Majors grew up in Lynchburg with his football family and his famous brother John Majors, who coach the Volunteers from 1977 -1992. Bob came along 14 years after John but both inherited their father, Shirley Majors’, athletic abilities and competitive nature.

At Tennessee, Bobby enjoyed an All-American career. As a punt returner, Bobby set Tennessee records with 117 returns for 1,163 yards. He also averaged more than 30 yards per kick returned during his 1971 season landing him in the Vol record books as the third-highest average in program history.

On defense, Majors plays a ferocious defensive back and ball hawk who led the nations in interceptions in 1970. SEC official named him to the All-SEC team in 1970 and 1971. UT officials also named him to the 100-year team as Defensive Back of All Time. He led his team to victory in the 1971 Sugar Bowl and would later be drafted into the NFL by the Philadelphia Eagles. He also played for the Cleveland Browns.

Bobby Majors now lives in Chattanooga.

To see the complete Hall of Fame Ballot, click here. The 2021 voting deadline is July 7. The Hall of Fame winners will be announced at the annual NFF Awards Dinner in New York on December 8. •

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Wanna fish with Lynchburg native Bill Dance?

Bill Dance learned to fish with his grandfather along the banks of the Mulberry Creek. You can win a fishing trip with him by supporting the 2020 Tennessee Conservation Raffle. [Photo Credit: Stephen Walcott via TWRF}

Did you know the legendary angler Bill Dance – yeah the one in the ever-present UT baseball cap – is a native of Lynchburg? Before he became the host of multiple fishing television series and an author … well, he learned to fish right here on the Mulberry Creek.

And you could win a dream fishing trip with him if you support the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Foundation (TWRF) and their 2020 Tennessee Conservation Raffle.

The winner will be treated to a one day, six hour trip with one of America’s most recognized anglers. Dance has generously donated the trip and depending on the time of year and his schedule, the trip could be fishing for Mississippi River catfish, jigging for crappie, or going after largemouth bass in one of West Tennessee’s many lakes.

Formerly known as the Elk Tag Raffle, this year’s Conservation Raffle has opportunities for everyone whether a hunter, fisherman, camper, or lover of the outdoors. One hundred percent of the funds from the raffle goes to support wildlife habitat restoration.

In addition to the fishing package, other packages available this year include an elk hunting package, a deer hunting package, an off-road package, a turkey hunting package, a waterfowl hunting package, and a camping package. All the packages feature additional items and a complete list of the prizes can be found by clicking here.

A single ticket is $20 and are on sale now until August 16. There is no limit to the number of raffle tickets that can be purchased. Raffle tickets may be purchased online directly by clicking here. The winning tickets will be drawn live this year at the August meeting of the Commission which will be held in Kingsport. •

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MC Youth football sign ups happen Saturday

LYNCHBURG — Got a little one just itching to get on the football field or shaking those Columbia blue pom poms? Sign ups for Moore County Youth Football and Cheerleading will take place this Saturday, June 13 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Youth Football Locker Room located inside the new ball park.

Due to COVID-19, there will be a limited number of signup dates this year. Saturday will be the first of only a handful. To play flag football, players must be at least Pre K or kindergarten age. To participate as a cheerleaders, students must be at least four years old.

If you played Moore County Youth Football last year and you have not yet turned in your jersey, shoulder pads, and helmet, you should bring them in for a safety inspection. For more information, contact Heath Ferrell at 931-307-8473. •

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White returns to Lynchburg; this time as Raider head football coach

MOORE COUNTY — Moore County High School’s new coach is their former coach.

Director of Schools Chad Moorehead announced this week that former Raider assistant coach Kris White would be returning to Moore County to lead the 2020 team … but this time as their head coach.

“We are very excited to have Coach White back,” Director Moorehead told The Times. “Coach White has been a part of multiple state championship teams and we expect that he will continue to build on the strong football tradition in Moore County.”

Kris, who is a native of Murfreesboro, is married to Moore County native Holly Dickey White, an outstanding coach in her own right. She left an MCHS coaching position in 2009 after leading the Raiderettes to a state runner-up finish.

Kris graduated from Riverdale High School and then attended Middle Tennessee State University. He played as a student athlete at both schools. He started his coaching career at Riverdale High School before heading to Moore County. He left the Raiders in 2009 to take an assistant position with Oakland High School. He is leaving his current position at Knoxville Catholic High School to return to Moore County.

This will be his first head coaching position. In addition to his wife, Holly, he’ll be returning to Moore County with his two sons: Kaden age 18 (an incoming high school senior) and Dawson, age 15 (an incoming freshman).•

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Dobbs resigns as Raider head football coach

MOORE COUNTY — This week MCHS joined eight other Tennessee high schools who are now on the hunt for a new head football. Jason Dobbs announced he’s leaving Lynchburg to return Murfreesboro.

Dobbs coached the Moore County varsity team for the past four year and led the Raiders to a 22-21 overall record. His Raider teams also made it to the TSSAA Class 1-A playoffs in 2017 and 2018. Last year Moore County finished with a 5-5 overall record and barely missed a playoff opportunity with an ugly season-ending game at Mount Pleasant. {Click here to read our coverage of that game.}

Dobbs is leaving Moore County to join coaching buddy, Oakland Head Coach Kevin Creasy. Dobbs will join Oakland as an assistant coach. Dobbs and Creasy coached together at Trousdale County from 2005-09. Dobbs also coached at Riverdale for six seasons.

When we reached out for comment, Moore County Director of Schools Chad Moorehead said, “We hate that Coach Dobbs is leaving. I have confidence that the high school administration will find a coach that will continue to build on a strong football tradition for our school. I wish Coach Dobbs and his sons well on their football careers. Moore County will be following them closely because once you are a Raider, you are always a Raider.”

According to Director Moorehead, the search for Coach Dobb’s replacement is underway.

According to the website TN High School Football, seven other schools are currently also looking for a head coach: Austin East, Fayette Ware, Sycamore, Whites Creek, The Webb School, West Grene, and Whitwell. •

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Brown named new MCHS varsity boy’s basketball coach

New MCHS Varsity Boy’s Basketball Coach Justin Brown

LYNCHBURG — Moore County Schools official announced today that Justin Brown will be the next Moore County High School varsity boy’s basketball coach.

Brown and his wife, Andrea, will relocated to Lynchburg from Memphis. A native of Sparta, Brown graduated from Tennessee Tech in 2010. He coached at Dyersburg High School from 2013-14 and then at Millington Central High School for two seasons as a assistant varsity boy’s coach. For the past four years, he coached varsity boy’s basketball at Southwind High School in Memphis.

During his career, he ‘s won 2017 TSSAA AAA State Runner-up, three District 15-AAA Championships, two District 15-AAA Tournament Championships, 2019 Shelby County Association Runner-up, and 2020 Shelby County Association Champions. During his time at Southwind High School, he helped his team achieve a record of 107-21 and an 80 percent winning percentage over four seasons.

Brown takes over for Heath Hardin who resigned the position in April, according to a letter supplied by Director of Schools Chad Moorehead. •

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Raiderettes fall to Lady Eagles in Region 4-A finals game

The Moore County Raiderettes placed second in the Region 4A Tournament on Wednesday night. Tournament officials named Moore County’s Carolyna Driver, Chloe Brazier and Olivia Richards to the All Region Team. {Photo Courtesy of Brenda Dye}

EAGLEVILLE — Throughout the District 8 and Region 4-A tournaments, the Raiderettes secrets to success had been simple. Play aggressive defense, rebound under the boards, and move the ball around the perimeter until a lane opens up in the paint. Wednesday night in the Regional Finals game against the Lady Eagles that strategy fell apart as Moore County’s usually hot perimeter shooters cooled and Eagleville’s defense muted the inside game.

Low scoring first half

The first half of action felt like an unusually low scoring affair. Moore County’s Olivia Richards got the Raiderettes on the boards first with a three point shot that was nothing but net. The Lady Eagles then went on an eight point scoring run to make it 8-3 with just under two minutes remaining in the first period. Two quick scores by Carolyna Driver and Richards pulled Moore County to within one as time expired.

Things got a little testy in the second period. Referees called taunting on Lady Eagle Madelyn Moates and awarded Richards a technical free throw. She made it and tied the game, 8-8. Moore County and Eagleville then traded baskets to make it 13-13 at the half.

Momentum shifted in second half

In the third period, momentum slowly shifted Eagleville’s way. Moates and Anna Grace Clements got hot from the perimeter – swishing a pair of three point shots to help the Lady Eagles managed a 25-18 advantage with less than three minutes left in the period. Eagleville nudged their lead to nine points before Maecy Fletcher stole the ball and fed it to Richards, who scored to get them back within seven as time ended. The score at the end of three periods was 30-23.

The Lady Eagles started to pull way in the fourth period. At the buzzer, the Lady Eagle defeated Moore County in the Regional Final game by a score of 43-34. They’ll move on to play Pickett County on Saturday in a TSSAA Sectional game. The Raiderettes will play Region 3’s Clarkrange in a consolation game on Saturday. For those who plan to attend the GPS address is 5801 South York Highway in Clarkrange, TN 38553. Tip off is at 7 p.m. To see the complete Class A East Regional Girl’s Basketball Tournament Bracket, click here.

The Moore County Raiderettes placed second in the Region 4-A Tournament. Tournament officials named Raiderettes Carolyna Driver, Chloe Brazier and Olivia Richards to the All Region Team. •

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Raiderettes play Eagleville in region finals game on Wednesday

EAGLEVILLE — The Moore County Raiderettes season moves forward on Wednesday with a regional final game against tournament host Eagleville High School at 7 p.m. The Lady Eagles took out top seed Huntland in a 63-44 blow out win on Monday night – breaking the Lady Hornet’s perfect record against District 8-A opponents.

Against Fayetteville City on Monday, fierce defensive play and sold offensive play … especially by Raiderette post Chloe Brazier …  helped Moore County easily move past the Tigers for a 47-32 semifinal win.

Moore County pulled ahead early with a 18-8 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Smart, disciplined defensive play helped the Raiderettes keep Fayetteville City off the scoreboard entirely in the second period. They went into the locker room with a 24-8 lead. In the third period, a pair of three point shots from Olivia Richards helped Moore County add to their lead while the Raiderette D stayed on point … only allowing the Tigers five buckets.

Against Eagleville, not only will the Raiderettes need to contend with a large, tournament host crowd but they’ll also need a plan against a dogged Eagleville defense that like to keep their opponents shooting from the perimeter. Against Huntland, the Lady Eagles also managed to take advantage of second-chance opportunities under the basket – managing an impressive plus-26 rebounding margin. The Raiderettes will also need to keep a close eye on senior point guard Haylee Ferguson who managed 17 first half points against the Lady Hornets.

The Raiderettes tip off against Eagleville at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. The game takes place in Eagleville or you can watch on the NFHS Network by clicking here. •

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Raiders travel for first round Regional Boys Tournament action

LOCAL NEWS — The Moore County High School Raiders (8-14, 1-3) will travel to Hendersonville on Saturday, February 29 to take on Merrol Hyde Magnet School in the first round of the TSSAA Region 4-A Boys Basketball Tournament. If they win, they’ll move on to play the winner of the Fayetteville vs. STEM Prep Academy game on March 3 at Eagleville High School.

Led by Head Coach Heath Hardin, the Raiders finished third in District 8 play. Fayetteville snagged first place with Eagleville edging out Moore County for second. The Raiders defeated Cascade 70-64 in overtime in the consolation game. In District 8 play, Brayden Cashion made the All Season and All District teams. Riley Hollman and Andrew Copeland both made the All Tournament team and Cashion was also named All Season.

The Merrol Hyde Hawks are led by four outstanding shooters: seniors Matthew Sykes and Asher Wolthers, as well as juniors Ethan Hansen and Kolton Garvon, who all tie for their season high scorers. Wolthers manages 68 percent from the field.

For Moore County, one interesting note is that senior Raider Ben Fletcher is currently tied for the Moore County record for most charges. Currently Wade Harder holds that record with 31.

If you plan to go, tip off will be at 7 p.m. The school is located at 128 Township Drive in Hendersonville. You can also watch a live broadcast on the NFHS Network. •

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