Raiders jump Fayetteville in latest AP Poll; rank #1 in Coach T poll

The Moore County Raiders are now the number five team in Class 1A high school football, according to the Associated Press. The newest poll came out on Monday and have the Raiders (7-1) jumping Fayetteville City (6-2) after the Tigers’ 21-14 loss to Gordonsville last Friday. The Tigers narrowly beat the Raiders in Fayetteville on September 18 by a score of 28-22 and the two teams seem to be on a collision course for a rematch in regional playoff action.

South Pittsburg continues it’s reign in the top spot followed by Coalfield, Greenfield, and Copper Basin. Three Region 5 teams: #5 Moore County, #6 Fayetteville, and #9 Cornersville made the AP’s top ten. The complete rankings are:

  1. South Pittsburg (7-1)
  2. Coalfield (6-0)
  3. Greenfield (7-0)
  4. Copper Basin (8-1)
  5. Moore County (7-1)
  6. Fayetteville (6-2)
  7. Lake County (5-1)
  8. Huntingdon (7-2)
  9. Cornersville (6-2)
  10. Gordonsville (5-3)

You can see all of this week’s AP rankings by clicking here.

Currently in Region 5A action, the standings are: 1) Fayetteville 2) Moore County 3) Cornersville 4) Huntland 5) Richland, and 6) Mount Pleasant.

In the Coach T Poll (click here for link), Moore County is ranked #1 among Division 1 Class A teams followed by Coalfield, Greenfield, Fayetteville, South Pittsburg, Huntingdon, Monterey, Cornersville, Gordonsville, and Midway.

Moore County will take on Richland on Friday at Raider Stadium. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month it will be a Pink Out game. Kick off at 7 p.m. If you can’t attend the game, it will be broadcast live on Raider Country 105.1 and 95.5 FM with Joe Abraham and the Moore County Sports Network, on the NFHS Network, or The Lynchburg Times will post live score updates on our Facebook page. •

{The Lynchburg Times is the only independently owned and operated newspaper in Lynchburg, Tennessee. We cover Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}

Raiders outlast Hornets in 31-21 Battle of the Blue victory

HUNTLAND — Raider fans started gathering around 5 p.m. in Huntland. Some even beat the team there and tailgated up until game time. By kickoff, the visitor’s stands were packed with Moore County fans itching for the game to start

The annual Raiders versus Hornets rivalry game enjoys a storied history dating back to the days of Shirley Majors, his son John Majors and their father versus sons face off in the 1940’s. It’s always an emotional, physical game where all the predictions and stats get thrown right out the window. Friday night’s game was no different.

Broken tackles, blocked kicks, and a fake punts … oh my

Huntland drew first blood on their first offensive series. The Hornets ate up much of the first quarter clock with a long, sustained drive using their star running back Kolbi Stewart. At the 4:49 mark, Stewart broke two Raider tackles on a fourth and two and muscled his way into the end zone. Hornet kicker Pedro Garcia’s point after attempt sailed through the uprights to give the Hornets an early 7-0 lead.

The Raiders punted on their first possession. With time quickly expiring in the first stanza, Raider Kaden White made a fierce, first down saving tackle to force the Hornet into a fourth and one punt as time expired.

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But it was a trick. Hornets Head Coach Bob Robertson called for the fake punt but Huntland got flagged for an illegal man downfield. The penalty took the ball out of two down territory. On the Hornet punt, Raider defender Hayden Carter blocked the kick and the Raiders recovered the ball. On the very next play, Raider QB Kyler Parker connected with Dawson White for the touchdown. Chase Bradford’s PAT tied the score at 7-7 with 11:34 left in the first half.

On their next offensive series, the Hornets again looked to Stewart to do the heavy lifting but this time the Raider defense — led by efforts from Joshua Parks, Kaden White, Hayden Carter, and Donavin Pearson — held. On third and 15, Pearson brought down Stewart well shy of the line to gain and the Hornets were forced to punt.

Then Moore County’s quick strike offense hit again. On first down, Kyler Parker managed an 11 yard scramble to set up Dawson White for his second passing TD of the first half. Chase Bradford’s money PAT gave the Raiders the 14-7 lead with a little over five minutes left to play in the first half.

After exchanging punts, Huntland got the ball back with 1:36 remaining. After two Hornet time outs, Hornet QB Payton Reed managed a jet sweep toss to Stewart who found the end zone. The Hornet PAT tied the score with :36 left before half time.

The first half was a smash-mouth, counter-punching kind of affair. At halftime, Raider fans wondered if Raider Head Coach Kris White could make the defensive adjustments necessary to slow down the Hornet running game.

He did. The Raiders managed the first half with aggressive, quick-strike offense and the second half with gritty, bend-but-don’t break defense.

Raiders D holds in second half

The Raiders got the ball first in the second half and pieced together a solid offensive series that got them into the Hornet red zone. On first and ten near the goal line, Kyler Parker connected again with Dawson White but a Hornet defender stripped the ball out of his hands before he could score and the Raiders turned over the ball.

On their next series, the Hornets managed a couple of first downs before Landon Jolley busted through the Hornet offensive line to get pressure on the Hornet QB. His third and eight pass fell incomplete and the Hornets punted.

Dawson White caught the return and scrambled down the far sideline and into the end zone but not before a personal foul flag for a late hit. The play came back to the Raider 34 yard line. It didn’t matter. On the next play, Kyler Parker handed off to Tyler Smith who broken tackles and made defenders missed until he found the end zone. Chase Bradford’s PAT gave the Raiders a 21-14 lead.

But the Hornet answered. This time Stewart and sophomore Bryson Johnson pieced together positive yardage to get Stewart within first and goal. His touchdown and the PAT tied the score again at 21-21.

It only took Moore County three plays to answer. This time, it was Raider wide receiver Joshua Parks with an amazing one handed catch right at the goal line for six points. Bradford’s PAT gave the Raiders the edge back with a 28-21 score.

If the Raiders quick strike offense gave them the first half edge, their gritty defensive play led them down the stretch. With 11 minutes left to play, Hornet QB Reed fake a toss for an option play. The ball popped out and the Raider D scooped it up.

Moore County and Huntland then traded a couple of possessions, when with less than five minutes to play, Raider Ryder Morey force a Hornet fumble to give the Raiders back the ball.

The drive sputtered after a series of miscues and flags but at the 52 second mark, Chase Bradford managed a Raider field goal to give Moore County a two score lead.

Huntland got the ball back with less than a minute to play. On first and ten, Ryder Morey got a huge hit to stop the Hornet momentum and end the game. The Raiders walked a away with a rivalry win, a 7-1 record, and likely second place in Region 5A play.

After the game, Head Coach Kris White told the Moore County Sports Network that moving Dawson White to receiver, something the Hornet coaching staff would not have seen on film, felt key to the victory.

“It’s something they wouldn’t be prepared for,” he explained.

Stats from the Raiders, Hornets game

Dawson White lead the scoring against Huntland with 12 points. Joshua Parks and Tyler Smith also added a touchdown each. Raider kicker Chase Bradford was a perfect seven of seven on point after kicks.

Offensively, Tyler Smith led in rushing yards with 120 yards on 12 carries. Dawson White led in receiving yards with 145 yards on seven receptions.

On defense, Kaden White led with 22 tackles (including 15 solo tackles) and a forced fumble. Dawson White followed with 17 total tackles and Tyler Smith got 14 tackles.

Other key defensive plays included sacks by Ryder Morey and Cody Trussell and fumble recoveries by Dawson White and Hayden Carter. Carter also blocked a punt.

The Raiders face Richland and Mount Pleasant — two crucial Region 5A games — down the stretch at home. Friday night’s Richland game will be a “Pink Out” game in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Kick off will be at 7 p.m. •

{The Lynchburg Times is the only independently owned and operated newspaper in Lynchburg, Tennessee. We cover Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}

Raiders, Hornets face off in Battle of the Blue tonight

HUNTLAND —Can the Raiders build on the running game they found last week? Do they have an answer for Hornet Kolbi Stewart and his smash mouth rushing game? Can the Hornets dominate with the run, eat up clock, and keep the ball out of Raider quarterback Kyler Parker’s hands? These are questions that will get answered tonight at Huntland High School as the Raiders (6-1, 1-1) make the short trip to Franklin County to take on the Huntland Hornets (4-3, 1-1) tonight in what’s come to be known as The Battle of the Blue rivalry game. Kick off will be at 7 p.m.

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Currently, the two Region 5A teams are battling it out for the second seed in the region standings behind Fayetteville City (6-1, 5-0). Huntland, Moore County, and Richland all enjoy a 1-1 regional record. Region 5 enjoys three top 10 Class 1A teams according to the Associated Press: #2 Fayetteville City, #6 Moore County, and #9 Cornersville.

Last Friday night, Moore County shut out Jo Byrns 41-0 at home while Huntland enjoyed a bye week. Huntland will be dangerous on extra rest and playing at home. The Raiders will need to bring their play-making A game and their unyielding defense if the want to travel back to Lynchburg with the W.

In their last game on October 3, the Hornets managed a 41-17 victory over regional opponent Mount Pleasant. Huntland pulled away early in that game – managing a 28-0 lead at halftime – before coasting to a win.

Raider fans will want to keep an eye out for Huntland senior running back Kolbi Stewart (#4) who rushed for 115 yard per game and 11 touchdown so far this season. He and sophomore Bryson Johnson (#8) both average around 100 yard per game. Though the Hornet’s first instinct is always to the run the ball, Hornet senior quarterback Peyton Reed’s favorite target is senior wide receiver Jayden Norwood (#10) who’s caught the ball for 93 yards so far this season.

Stewart is also a force to be reckoned with on defense. He’s forced six fumbles this year along with 37 tackles, and three sacks. The Hornets top defender is senior Micah Millraney (#20) who has managed 78 tackles, eight sacks, and seven forced fumbles through seven games.

Moore County will need another stand out game from senior running back Tyler Smith, who ran for over 100 yards against Jo Byrns. They’ll also need great play by the offensive line to give Raider quarterback Kyler Parker ample time in the pocket.

Like most Moore County Huntland games you can probably throw all the stats out the window. The most talented team doesn’t always win and it’s sure to be exciting. It will be a physical, hard-fought, emotional ballgame.

The Battle of the Blue game will kick off at 7 p.m. at Huntland High School at 7 p.m. If you plan to travel to the game, the GPS address is 400 Gore Street, Huntland, TN 37345. If you can’t attend the game, it will be broadcast live on Raider Country 105.1 and 95.5 FM with Joe Abraham and the Moore County Sports Network, on the NFHS Network, or The Lynchburg Times will post live score updates on our Facebook page. •

{The Lynchburg Times is the only independently owned and operated newspaper in Lynchburg, Tennessee. We cover Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}

Board approves Raider wrestling team

Students at Moore County High School will now have another sports option. The Metro School Board approved the addition of a wrestling team on Monday night. (File Photo)

SPORTS | Scholastic wrestling is a character building sports. It requires toughness, dedication, and many former wrestlers say it helped them develop self esteem, work ethic, leadership skills, and sportsmanship.

These are just the types of characteristic MCHS Athletic Director Josh Deal is looking to instill in his student athletes. As such, on Monday night, the Moore County Board of Education approved his request to start a Raider wrestling team. Deal said he started researching a team after being approached by several interested students.

“I’ve put out feelers and had conversations and as of today we have around 20-25 interested wrestlers including five girls,” Deal said.

MCHS Football Coach Kris White and area wrestling coach and MCHS alumni Kevin Pearson would volunteer to coach the wrestlers.

“It’s a great way for athletes who aren’t interested in basketball to gain strength and stay conditioned in the winter,” Pearson added.

The wrestling program would be open to students in grades 8-12 and would begin in November and extend through February. According to Deal in the first year, the wrestler would travel to area matches at schools like Eagleville and Cascade. Unlike group sports, wrestler compete based on weight class and not regions.

The first obstacle for the new team will be fund raising. Deal stated the cost to participate individually for personal equipment would be around $125. To host matches at MCHS, the school system would need to purchase a wrestling mat.

“There are guidelines for the mat,” said Deal. “Right now, the ones I’ve searched are around $9,000.”

Deal also stated at Tullahoma High School had agreed to let the new wrestling team borrow and practice mat until a permanent one could be purchased.

If you are interested in supporting the new sports program with their upstart expenses or have a student interested in wrestling, contact Athletic Director Josh Deal at MCHS at 931-759-4231. •

{The Lynchburg Times is the only independently owned and operated newspaper in Lynchburg, Tennessee. We cover Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}

Raiders shut out Jo Byrns Red Devils 41-0

Junior line backer Hayden Carter and senior running back Tyler Smith take a breath between plays against the Red Devils. Carter managed 10 tackles and Smith ran for 132 yard and two touchdowns. (Photo Courtesy of Emily Black for the Moore County Sports Network)

LYNCHBURG — Slow and steady wins the race. That’s the take away from the Moore County Raiders 41-0 homecoming victory over the Jo Byrns Red Devils Friday night in Moore County.

Following the win, Coach Kris Whit told the Moore County Sports Network that he felt proud of the Raiders performance especially running back Tyler Smith who had a stand out night with 132 rushing yards and two touchdown.

Twenty-seven first half Raider points

It was a slow, methodical first half. Moore County scored on their very first series when Kyler Parker called his own number on the very first Raider play from scrimmage. Chase Bradford’s PAT gave the Raiders an early 7-0 lead.

After trading a pair of punts, Moore County got on the boards again on a long, sustained series. Positive yardage by Dylan Scruggs, Brayden Cashion, and Tyler Smith set up Kaden White for a tackle evading scamper into the Raider end zone. Bradford’s PAT made the score 14-0 with 2:03 left to play in the first quarter.

The Red Devils were driving as time expired. On fourth and eight, Red Devil Coach Tom Adkins decided it was two down territory and went for it. The gamble paid of and Jo Byrns earned the first down to start the second quarter. After The Red Devils managed a couple of first downs, Dawson White forced a fumble at the goal line. The Raiders got the ball back with 8:21 to play in the first half.

On the next offensive series, Brayden Cashion went 19 yards to set up a Kyler Parker to Dylan Scruggs pass on fourth and 10 to give the Raiders six more. The point after attempt failed. At the 5:54 mark, the Raiders led the Red Devils 20-0.

After managing a couple of first downs in their next series, the Red Devils were called for an illegal man down field, which made it third and 14. They failed to convert and turned the ball over on downs.

Will Harder and Tyler Smith then pieced together yardage to get the Raider within striking distance. With 40 seconds left to play in the first half, Kyler Parker rushed to the goal line and then punched it in on the next play. Chase Bradford’s PAT sailed through the uprights to give the Raiders a 27-0 first quarter lead.

It was all downhill for the Red Devils after the break. Their on sides kick attempt fell flat when Raider Joshua Parks rushed to meet the ball and recovered it near midfield. After several first downs, the Raiders failed to convert on fourth and 21 and handed the ball back to the Red Devils with 8:48 to play in the third. On the third play of that series Dylan Scrugg stripped the ball from the rushing (and nearing the goal line) Red Devils and Dawson White recovered.

After trading a pair of turnovers, the Raiders were driving at the third quarter ended. On a first and 20, Tyler Smith bobbed, weaved, and dragged tacklers with him. He refused to go down until he got near the goal line. On the next play QB Parker handed off to Smith for six more Raider points. Chase Bradford’s PAT was good and the Raiders increased their lead to 34.

On the very next Red Devils series, Joshua Parks ball hawked a Jo Byrns pass and pick sixed into the end zone. Chase Bradford’s PAT gave the Raiders their final points of the night.

The 41-0 victory improved the Raiders to 6-1 (1-1 in Region 5A play) and the Red Devils fell to 3-5.

Stats against Jo Byrn

Raider QB Parker went 7/15 for the night, threw for a single touchdown, and ran for one more.

Tyler Smith lead the Raiders in scoring with two touchdowns for 12 points. Joshua Parks, Kyler Parker, and Kaden White all added a touch down. Chase Bradford made five of six extra points.

Smith also lead in total yardage with 132 rushing yards. Brayden Cashion followed with 92 rushing yards and 29 receiving yards. QB Parker rushed for 80 yards. Dylan Scruggs added 38 receiving yards and Joshua Parks managed 16.

On defense, Donavin Pearson continued to dominate with 15 tackles (including 10 solo tackles) and a fumble recovery. Kaden White managed 10 tackles and fumble recovery. Hayden Carter followed with 10 tackles and Dawson White also added nine.

Senior Zac Carawan got a Red Devil sack. Joshua Parks snagged an interception.

The Raiders (6-1, 1-1) head to Franklin County this Friday for the annual rivalry game against Huntland (4-3, 1-1). (To read more about the history of that rivalry, click here.) Kick off is at 7 p.m. If you plan to attend the GPS address is 400 Gore Street, Huntland TN 37345. If you can’t attend the game, it will be broadcast live on Raider Country 105.1 and 95.5 FM with Joe Abraham and the Moore County Sports Network, on the NFHS Network, or The Lynchburg Times will post live score updates on our Facebook page. •

{The Lynchburg Times is the only independently owned and operated newspaper in Lynchburg, Tennessee. We cover Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}

Moore 4-H students win shooting sports honors

LOCAL NEWS | Moore County boasts not one but two 4-H shooting sports teams. Young archers that shoot Genesis or Open Compound bows make up the 4-H Moore On Target Team and the Lynchburg Clay Busters practice shotgun games like trap, skeet, and sporting clays.

Moore County had 18 students travel to Ridley 4-H Center in Columbia to compete in the first 4-H Spring Shootout. Gavin Marshall and Gus Burtts each won first place in their age division in Genesis Archery. (Photo Provided)

The Tennessee 4-H Central Region, which is composed of 35 counties in middle Tennessee, held its first 4-H Spring Shootout just days before the pandemic sent everyone home, according to Moore 4-H Youth Development Agent Lorie Burtts. Moore County had 18 students travel to Ridley 4-H Center in Columbia to compete in the Genesis Archery. Five students also competed in the Trap and Skeet at the Maury County Gun Club.

Gavin Marshall and Gus Burtts each won first place in their age division in Genesis Archery.  Others with top ten finishes were: Alex Lynch (fourth place), Jack Hart (fifth place), Junior Marshall (eighth place), and Evan Miller (tenth place).  Michael Sisk took home first place in the Trap and Skeet contest, and his teammates Caleb Sells and Wyatt Burtts tied for seventh place.  

Seven Moore County students participated in the State 4-H Fall Shotgun Jamboree held at the Nashville Gun Club. Michael Sisk won the Champions Division. (Photo Provided)

Seven Moore County youth participated in the State 4-H Fall Shotgun Jamboree held at the Nashville Gun Club. Due to the pandemic, only senior high youth were invited to keep the contest size small. This contest tests a shooter’s skill in trap, skeet and sporting clays. Michael Sisk won the Champions Division. New team member, Brogan Schwartz placed sixteenth overall, Brandon Sisk placed fourth in Skeet and Wyatt Burtts placed sixth in trap.

The State 4-H Fall Archery Jamboree was altered to only include open compound and recurve divisions, leaving no state contest for our senior high Genesis shooters.  Two Moore County 4-H’ers took part in the archery contest that took place at Hyder Burks Livestock Pavilion in Cookeville.  The competitors shot indoors at 20 and 30 meters and outdoors at 3-D wildlife targets placed at unknown distances 30 yards or less.  Wyatt Burtts took top honors that day placing first and his younger brother Gus Burtts placed sixth.  

“Moore County 4-H has a very strong shooting sports program, and with support from grant funding provided by The Friends of NRA and the National Wild Turkey Federation, the cost to participate is minimal,” says Burtts.

For more information, contact the Moore County UT/TSU Extension Office at 931-759-7163. •

MC History: The Raider, Huntland Rivalry

{Editor’s Note: The annual Moore County versus Huntland rivalry game will be played on Friday in Huntland at 7 p.m.}

Make the mistake of saying native son Johnny Majors is from Huntland and any local will be quick to correct you. It’s a fact that the former UT football coach lived most of his early life in and is “from” Lynchburg … we don’t care what the UT media guides used to say. In fact, Majors Boulevard in Lynchburg pays tribute to the Majors family and their contributions to Moore County.

Johnny was born in 1935 to Shirley Inman and John Elizabeth Bobo Majors in Lynchburg. Shirley Majors played football at Moore County High School before coaching there from 1944-47. He left to restart the football program at Huntland High School. At the time, they hadn’t fielded a team in 20 years. He commuted each day from Moore County to Franklin County so that his children could continue to attend Moore County Schools. But that all came to an end one chilly fall night when Johnny and the MCHS Raiders beat his father’s Huntland Hornets 18-13 in the last regular season game.

Johnny Majors eighth grade yearbook picture … note the Lynchburg, TN. {Historical Photo}

“That’s the last dad-blamed time a son of mine plays against me,” he said, according to the State Archives.

After that, Shirley Majors packed up the family and moved to Huntland where Johnny finished his high school football career. It’s the genesis of an intense rivalry that remains today.

Over the years there have been lots of good-natured hi-jinx. Someone from the Huntland side once sent a black floral wreath to the Raiders prior to game day, according to former MCHS Cafeteria Manager Norma Stone.

Another local legend states the in 1993-94 a crew from Huntland supposedly snuck into Moore County and tagged local speed limit signs with a large “H” from MCHS to Huntland High School. “Occasionally, I will still see a sign with it still on there,” said native Christy Anderson.

Currently, the Raiders and the Hornets are neck and neck in Region 5A standings and each enjoys a 1-1 district record. The winner will likely move to the second spot behind Fayetteville City.

Kick off is at 7 p.m. If you can’t attend the game, it will be broadcast live on Raider Country 105.1 and 95.5 FM with Joe Abraham and the Moore County Sports Network, on the NFHS Network, or The Lynchburg Times will post live score updates on our Facebook page. •

{The Lynchburg Times is the only independently owned and operated newspaper in Lynchburg, Tennessee. We cover Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}

A Raider Homecoming: Friday night lights is a family affair for the White and Dickey families

The Whites (from left to right Holly, Kaden, Dawson, and Coach Kris White) say they are grateful to be back home in Moore County where football comes with family and a sense of community. (Photo courtesy of the Moore County Sports Network)

Homecoming in Moore County is one part Friday night lights and one part family reunion. Parade floats stuffed with colored tissue paper sit parked in the end zone as the queen and her court sit perched atop borrowed convertibles waiting for their royal loop around the field. It’s a night when the former star quarterback and his buddy lean against the home side fence reminiscing about the good ole days and old fames lock eyes from across the bleachers.

This year’s game will be another kind of homecoming as Raider Coach Kris White, flanked by his sons, Kaden and Dawson, will take the field on Friday for his first ever homecoming game as a head coach.

Community, family, and football

Coach White served as the Raider defense coordinator during the 2007 season under then coach Thomas McDaniel. After one year, he left to take an assistants position at Oakland High School before moving on to Knoxville Catholic High School. But he says Raider Stadium and this community were never far from his mind.

“When I left, we continued to keep up with the team and the players,” he says. “We also had lots of former players and their parents come cheer us on at Oakland.”

Kris and his wife, Holly (Dickey) White knew they always wanted to come back home to southern, middle Tennessee. They also knew that Kris longed for the challenge of a head coaching position but when the idea first popped up, Holly says there was a pause.

“At first, we though not yet,” says Holly. “Our boys (Kaden and Dawson) had already managed several moves during their school careers and we knew they wouldn’t be excited about another one … especially for Kaden senior year.”

But then the phone calls started pouring in … first one and then several from Lynchburg friends, and those involved with the program to voice their support and encouragement. Coach White says after he and Holly discussed it, it was family and a sense of community that finally moved the needle for them.

“My mom didn’t get to come see the boys play last year and neither did Holly’s dad,” Coach White says. “During this pandemic, family’s just started to mean more to everybody.”

In addition to their parents, both Holly and Kris have siblings who live in the area. Friday nights are now a family affair for the White and Dickey families as a sea of aunts, uncles, and cousins line the Moore County bleachers to cheer on Kaden and Dawson. Kaden, a senior, is the leading Raider receivers with 322 yards and Dawson, a freshman, has added 289 of his own all purpose yards. The “Smash Brothers” as the Moore County Sports Network announcers have nicknamed them also combine for an impressive 122 tackles as the Raider’s safeties.

Coach White says family and the love of football in the community made the MCHS job very tempting.

Director of Schools Chad Moorehead says when he spotted Kris White’s application in the stack coming in for the Raider football head coach opening, he immediately knew he was the best candidate.

“About a week later, the MCHS administration presented him to me as their choice, and I agreed with the decision,” Director Moorehead says.

Both Coach White and his wife say that no matter how far away they moved that Moore County always felt like home and it didn’t take long for it to become the new normal.

“Moore County treated me great when I coached here before,” Coach White says. “You can feel the love of football and this team in this community. I’ve never forgotten that feeling.”

“Kaden and Dawson stayed connected to lots of their friend from before,” says Holly. “So we knew this transition was going to be much easier than they realized.”

The Whites also had another deep connection to Moore County, Lynchburg native Janice (Keller) Morey and her husband, Randy. The two also coached at Oakland High School during Kris’s tenure there as an assistant.

“I did her girl’s weight program during the day and got to know her well. Of course, Holly already knew her well from growing up together. Randy also coached there. Ryder and Kaden were the same age and played middle school baseball together. Dawson and Keller were also the same age. We all became really good friends.”

Those familiar faces helped smooth the tradition for everyone.

Coaching players to become young men

It’s a combination that seem to be clicking for this year’s Raider team. White inherited a senior-heavy roster from outgoing Raider Coach Jason Dobbs, whom White considers a good friend. He’s added to it rock star athletes from other sports like basketball and baseball to create a bench that’s both athletic and deep.

Beyond athletics, Coach White says he trying to teach his Raider team to become young men with respect and discipline. It’s a coaching style the players respond to as evidenced by their 5-1 record. Coach White credits that winning record not only to his players but also to the skill and devotion of his assistants: Morey, TJ Christian, Wes Black, Schuvaud Whitaker, and Manny Buchanan.

“I’m only as good as my assistants and how hard they work for this team,” says Coach White.

Moore County will take on Jo Bryns tonight at Raider Stadium. Homecoming ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. and the game will kick off at 7 p.m. If you can’t attend the game, it will be broadcast live on Raider Country 105.1 and 95.5 FM with Joe Abraham and the Moore County Sports Network, on the NFHS Network, or The Lynchburg Times will post live score updates on our Facebook page. •

{The Lynchburg Times is the only independently owned and operated newspaper in Lynchburg, Tennessee. We cover Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}

After bye week, Raiders remain #5 in state

Little changed in the top ten Class A teams in the state this past week. The Raiders remain tied with Greenfield for the number five spot, according to the AP. (Lynchburg Times Graphic)

SPORTS | After a week off, the Moore County Raiders remain the number five Class 1A football in the state, according to the Associated Press (AP).

Moore County remains tied with Greenfield for the number five spot, according to the latest poll released on Monday. South Pittsburg remains the undisputed number 1. They haven’t moved from that top spot all season. Copper Basin (2), Fayetteville City (3), and Coalfield (4) round out the top spots. Moore County lost in Fayetteville on September 18 by a 28-22 margin.

Lake County (7), Huntingdon (8), Cornersville (9), and Monterey (10) make up the remaining top ten Class 1A teams. The Raiders beat the Bulldog in Cornersville in September 4 by a final of 33-23.

The Raiders(5-1) will take on Jo Byrns (3-4) on Friday at Raider Stadium. To read our preview of that game, click here.

If you can’t attend the game, it will be broadcast live on Raider Country 105.1 and 95.5 FM with Joe Abraham and the Moore County Sports Network, on the NFHS Network, or The Lynchburg Times will post live score updates on our Facebook page. •

{The Lynchburg Times is the only independently owned and operated newspaper in Lynchburg, Tennessee. We cover Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}

Raiders face off with Jo Byrns for Homecoming

Moore County will play the Jo Byrns Red Devils for Homecoming on Friday. Crowning of the Homecoming Queen begins at 6 p.m. and kick off is at 7 p.m. (Lynchburg Times Graphic)

SPORTS | After a bye week, the Moore County Raiders return to Doug Price Field on Friday to face off with the Jo Byrns Red Devils in a non-conference game.

Moore County(5-1, 1-1) currently sits at third place in Region 5 play behind Fayetteville City (6-0, 5-1) and Huntland (4-3, 1-1). Jo Byrns currently occupies the number four spot in Region 4 behind Gordonsville (4-2, 3-0), Monterey (5-0, 3-0), and Clay County (5-2, 2-1).

Moore County won its last game with a 21-0 victory in Eagleville on September 25. Jo Byrns got blanked by Monterey at home 31-0 last Friday.

The Raiders will need to be careful not to look past Jo Byrn on Friday. They play rival the Huntland Hornets the following week. They’ll also need to make sure the players stay focused and don’t get distracted by homecoming festivities.

The Raiders have managed to stay healthy so far this year and the week off surely helped with any nagging injuries. Hopefully, the boys in Columbia blue took the off week to improve some trouble spots. Against Eagleville, the Raiders struggled with turnovers (especially turnovers in the red zone) and unnecessary procedural penalties.

On the Red Devil side of the ball, Raider fans will want to keep an eye on Jo Byrns junior quarterback Ryan Dowlen. He’s a rushing QB who can scramble for first down yardage when necessary. A pair of senior running backs, Jake Chennault and Elijah Farmer, lead the Red Devils in yards on the ground.

The Raiders and Red Devils kick off at 7 p.m. at Raider Stadium. If you can’t attend the game, it will be broadcast live on Raider Country 105.1 and 95.5 FM with Joe Abraham and the Moore County Sports Network, on the NFHS Network, or The Lynchburg Times will post live score updates on our Facebook page. •

{The Lynchburg Times is the only independently owned and operated newspaper in Lynchburg, Tennessee. We cover Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}