MCHS Athletic Director: Immediate households can attend Raiders games, everyone should tune in remotely

LOCAL NEWS — In a move that’s been coming for week, Moore County High School Athletic Director Josh Deal announced on Monday that the school would be following the TSSAA attendance recommendations for all upcoming basketball games and wrestling matches effective immediately. This mean that only players and their immediate families (those that also live in the same household) may attend both home and away games. The TSSAA guidelines also prevents bands, pep bands, cheerleaders, and dance teams from attending athletic contests.

“We hate that it has come to this, but TSSAA is attempting to allow these kids to have a season,” Deal stated via the Moore County Athletics Facebook page.

The move is a trickle down from Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Order No. the 70 issued on December 20, which stated that due to a significant increase in the incidences of COVID-19 infections in Tennessee, the state would restrict who may attend interscholastic athletic practices and contest until January 19, 2021.

Moore County administrators told The Lynchburg Times that they understood fan frustration but they were simply enforcing the rules put in place on the state level.

“Many people have questions right now about athletics, Winterfest, beauty pageants, and other events that normally occur this time of year.  Unfortunately, we do not have answers at this time,” said Director of Schools Chad Moorehead. “Our main priority at this point is the health and well being of our students, staff, and community.  Please continue to be patient as we work to navigate this difficult situation.”

Raider fans can still watch events remotely thanks to the Moore County High School student broadcasting team. Locals can tune into the Moore County Sports Network broadcast through the NFHS Network. There is a subscription cost but fan can buy a one time game pass for $9 each – just a little more than a ticket to a home Raider game. Fifty percent of the virtual ticket price goes to the student broadcasting team.

Subscriptions also give locals access to other school’s live sporting events and previous Raider events through the On Demand feature, according to MCSN teacher sponsor Jonah Deal. Deal says that live streaming on Facebook or YouTube isn’t feasible because of the TSSAA licensing fees.

For more information about the student broadcasting team, visit http://www.mcraiders.net. To learn more about the NFHS Network, click here. •

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Lynchburg Jr. Pro season postponed until further notice due to rising COVID numbers

According to league officials, Lynchburg Junior Pro’s 2020-21 season will be postponed until further notice due to rising COVID 19 cases in Moore County. (File Photo)

SPORTS — The Heat, Suns, Maverick, Sparks and other youth basketball teams may not get to play their 2020-21 season. League officials announced Monday night that Lynchburg Jr. Pro’s basketball season would be “postponed” effective immediately and until further notice.

“We aren’t cancelling yet but will re-evaluate in January,” the group said on their public Facebook page.

When contacted for comment, league officials told The Lynchburg Times that they were approached by school administrators on Sunday night and asked to postpone the season due to rising COVID case numbers in Moore County.

During the November Metro School Board meeting, the Board unanimously voted to allow Lynchburg Jr. Pro to move forward with their season but gave Metro Director of Schools Chad Moorehead wide latitude to cancel it based solely at his discretion.

Since that November 9 meeting, COVID cases have spiked across Moore County by nearly 30 percent. The Tennessee Department of Health reported Moore County gained 135 cases from November 9 (the date of the Metro School Board meeting) and December 7 ( the date the Lynchburg Jr. Pro season was postponed).

“We are experiencing a higher rate of COVID-19 exposures and positive tests within the school system,” said Director Moorehead. “Many of our teachers and students have been quarantined or isolated in the past week.  Our goal is to keep our school buildings open for in-person learning and in order to do so, we have to minimize our opportunities for exposure to the virus.”

Director Moorehead explained that for each person that enters a local school building with the virus, the system must send multiple people home for at least 10 day.

“We only have so many substitutes.  When we have more adults absent than substitutes available, the schools shift to remote learning,” Director Moorehead said.

League officials say they will re-evaluate in January. For more information, visit the Lynchburg Jr. Pro Basketball page by clicking here. •

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Raiders seek a little revenge in playoff rematch against Fayetteville Tigers

Senior Dylan Scruggs, who helped tie the regular season game late in the fourth quarter against Fayetteville, will be one of the Raider seniors looking to exact a little revenge this Friday in the playoff rematch. (Photo Credit: Riley Corder for the Moore County Sports Network)

LINCOLN COUNTY — This Friday night, the Moore County Raiders will get a long anticipated opportunity: a rematch with the Fayetteville Tigers. The fellow Region 5A team exists as Moore County’s only loss of the 2020 season. That 28-22 defeat in Lincoln County on September 18 left a bad taste in the Moore County squad’s mouth.

It was an ugly affair.

The Raiders – in an uncharacteristic mistake-riddled first half – suffered nearly 15 first half penalties and lethargic play. Despite the fact that they tied the game late in the fourth quarter with a clutch Kyler Parker to Dylan Scruggs 55 yard touchdown pass, the Tigers faked a punt and scored the go ahead TD with 50 seconds remaining in the game. (To read our complete coverage of that game, click here.) An opportunity to right that wrong’s been circling in the Raiders players heads ever since.

“After that game, the coaching staff focused the team on just getting better each game, but the kids definitely want another shot at them,” Raider Head Coach Kris White said.

The 12-1 Raiders, haven’t loss a game since Fayetteville City, and now boast a Mr. Football finalist, another Mr. Football semi-finalist, an offense that’s as dangerous through the air as on the ground, and a defense that swarms the ball.

Led by Raider quarterback Kyler Parker and senior running back Tyler Smith, the Moore County offense has pieced together 2,345 rushing yards so far this season. The option QB and elusive running back have proven hard to stop.

In receiving, there are playmakers all over the field. Moore County’s balanced their running attack with 1,972 receiving yards led by freshman Dawson White (535), senior Kaden White (509), senior Brayden Cashion (327), and senior Dylan Scruggs (263), who missed several games late in the season due to a knee injury.

On defense, fellow Mr. Football semi-finalist Kaden White leads in tackles with 136 and he’s followed closely by teammates Donavin Pearson (133), Dawson White (121), and Tyler Smith (108).

By comparison, the 10-2 Tigers prefer to run the football. They’ve earned 2,105 yards on the ground and another 912 through the air. The Raider D will need to key in on freshman running back #3 KJ Jackson, who’s amassed 1,257 of the Tiger’s rushing yards this year. Junior Corian Cash (#11) is the Tiger leading receiver with 393 yards.

On the Moore County Sports Network’s Coach’s Corner on Saturday senior Brayden Cashion said it’s just an opportunity to mark another one off the list. Cornersville, Eaglevile, Chapel Hill, Huntingdon … for this year’s Raider seniors the 2020 season has been opportunity to beat those teams that presented obstacles to their collective success in previous seasons.

Despite that mission, senior center and nose guard Zac Carawan said that the Raiders remained level headed going into the game and planned to play with not only a lot of emotion but also a lot of discipline.

“Basically, it’s an opportunity to get revenge, but we also treat it just like any other game,” he said.

Fayetteville’s football stadium is a quick 30 minute trip down Highway 50 and Raiders Nation will likely show up in large numbers. Tickets will not be sold at the gate and are only available through the TSSAA website or the Go Fan app. MCHS Athletic Director Josh Deal told The Times that the Raiders were allocated 800 tickets and we’ve currently sold 501 of those tickets. 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. •

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Raiders beat Huntingdon 42-22 in second round playoff game

Raider QB Kyler Parker attempts to break a Mustang tackle on his way to the end zone. Parker was 13 of 22 for 316 passing yards and a rushing touchdown on Friday. (Photo Credit: Emily Black for the Moore County Sports Network)

HUNTINGDON — Sometimes when things go wrong, there’s a silver lining.

Friday night due to technical difficulties beyond their control, the Moore County Sports Network broadcast didn’t happen for much of the game. Undaunted, loyal Raider fans tuning in on the NFHS Network, switched over the Huntingdon feed. What they heard was confirmation of what Raider Nation has known all year: this Raider team is special.

The two Huntingdon radio broadcasters, compared the Raiders to college players, complimented the Raider kicking game, were impressed by Kaden White’s ability to be everywhere on the field, and marveled at the quickness of Raider QB Kyler Parker. They also thought there must be a typo on their Moore County roster because there’s “just no way that number six, Dawson White, is a freshman.”

By the end of the game, any listener could tell that the two men had been converted to fans.

“They’ve really dominated this ballgame tonight,” they said late in the fourth quarter. “This Moore County team, they do everything well … offense, defense, special teams.”

A first half tale of penalties and turnovers

Penalties and turnover were the story line of the first half. Playing with a bit playoff jitters, the Raiders were called for five penalties — including four offsides calls and a false start— to give the Mustangs back 25 yards and several first downs in the first quarter.

On the Mustang’s side of the ball, the Raider D forced a fumble recovery and two crucial interceptions that led to Raider points in the first 24 minutes of the game.

Moore County got the ball first and came out swinging. In the first offensive series, Raider QB Kyler Parker spotted daylight, tucked the ball, and ran for the Raiders first six points. Chase Bradford’s PAT gave the Raiders a 7-0 lead with 9:23 left to play in the first quarter.

The Mustangs answered with a grind-it-out, up-the-gut 12-play series that led to their first six points. Three Raider offsides plays for first downs helped. The Mustangs — who don’t kick extra points or attempt field goals — managed the two point conversion to get a early 8-7 first quarter lead.

It was as close as they’d ever get.

Penalties continued to stymy the Raiders in the next series. Dawson White returned the kick off to the 39 yard line and then Parker managed five more to get the Raiders to second and five across midfield. Then, a Moore County false start penalties marched them backwards five yards. Parker’s next pass fell incomplete and Moore County punted.

With first quarter jitters behind them, the Raiders got focused on the next series. Zac Carawan stuffed the Mustangs first and 10 run for a stingy two yard gain. Two plays later, the Mustangs attempted a fake pitch but fumbled the ball and Carawan recovered to give the Raiders back the ball but the Raiders failed to turn the opportunity into points as the first quarter ended.

On the Mustangs next series, Dawson White tackled a Mustang runner in the backfield for a one yard loss. Then, on second and 11, Brayden Cashion spotted and intercepted a floating Mustang pass. It was the Mustang’s second turnover of the night.

This time though, Moore County turned the mistake into points when QB Parker connected with Kaden White on a long touchdown pass. Bradford’s PAT made it 14-8 and the Raiders got the lead back with 10:36 to play in the first half.

The Mustangs again tested the Raider middle on the next series but outstanding defensive plays by Carawan, Tyler Smith, Landon Jolley, Cashion, Hayden Carter, and Donavin Pearson forced a Mustang fourth down. They went for it and Dylan Scruggs tipped the Mustang pass, it fell incomplete, and the Raiders took over on downs.

On the very next play, QB Parker connected with Dawson White on a touchdown pass to give the Raiders six more. Bradford’s PAT gave Moore County a 21-8 lead with a little over five minutes left to play in the first half.

The Mustangs found success again on the next series with chunk yardage up the middle. They managed three first downs, then on a pass play at the Raider 23, the ball came out and Cashion recovered for another drive-killing Mustang turnover.

The half ended with the Raider driving. They went into the locker room with a 21-8 lead.

Taking care of business in the second half

After the break, the Mustang got the ball first. They pieced together two first downs, then on third and short, Pearson blitzed, caught the Mustang runner in the back field, and forced the punt.

On the next Raider drive, Dawson White, Smith, and Scruggs, got the Raiders to second and nine at the 14 yard line. Parker then connected with Kaden White on a slant pass for the Raider touchdown. Bradford’s PAT gave the Raiders a 28-8 leas with 7:24 to play in the second quarter.

The next Mustang drive was same song, different verse. They managed hard-earned yardage all the way into the Raider red zone and then fumbled on a first and goal. Joseph Trice recovered to give the Raiders the ball back. Three plays later, on third and 11, QB Parker threw a crossing pattern pass to Dawson White who caught it and didn’t stop running until he’s hit pay dirt. Bradford’s PAT padded the Moore County lead to 35-8 to end the third quarter.

The fourth quarter began much like the other three for the Mustangs. They fumbled on first and ten at the 23 but got the ball back. Then on second a 16, the Huntingdon QB connected with his receiver on a 30 yard pass in the end zone. Their two point conversion failed and Raiders led 35-14.

The Mustangs on sides kick failed when it bounced high and Cashion called for the fair catch. With great field position, the Raiders pieced together a long grinding series with positive yardage by Dawson White, Parker, Kaden White, and Keller Morey. Parker suffered his first sack of the game on the next play. He shook it off and on fourth and eight, connected with Cashion in the end zone for the final Raider score of the game to make it 42-14.

Raider Head Coach Kris White decided to begin substituting heavily but even the Raider second string came to play. On the next Mustang kickoff, the returner fumbled and the fresh legs of Jason Fanning recovered the ball. His heads up play allowed the Raider offense to grind down the clock to the one minute mark.

Huntingdon managed another touchdown with 31 seconds remaining in the game. Their successful two point conversion made the final score 42-22.

Raiders stats against Huntingdon

The Raiders managed 109 rushing yards and 316 passing yards against the Mustangs. QB Parker completed 13 of 22 passes and ran for another 51 yards on option plays. Besides Parker, Dawson White led in rushing with 46 yards on eight carries. Dawson also led in receiving yards with 164 yards. In total, Dawson White managed an impressive 210 all purpose yards against the Mustangs.

Dawson White and Kaden White led in scoring with two touchdowns each. Parker and Cashion added a score each and Bradford was a perfect six of six in point after attempts.

On defense, Dawson White also led with 15 tackles. Smith followed with 14 tackle including 11 solo tackles, which is also impressive considering that the senior left the game late in third quarter with a shoulder injury.

The Raiders now get to move on to round three and a long-anticipated rematch with Fayetteville Tigers, who handed Moore County their only loss of the season.

Seating will be limited to a third of the stadium’s total capacity, according to MCHS Athletic Director Josh Deal. Tickets will not be sold at the gate and are available only through the TSSAA website or the Go Fan app. According to Deal, tickets are still available. •

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Raiders looking keep playoff bid alive against Huntingdon

Raider QB and Mr. Football semi finalist Kyler Parker celebrates as he runs for six points against Wayne County. (Photo Credit: Emily Black for the Moore County Sports Network)

HUNTINGDON — In post season play, the Raiders have been there and they’ve done that. But this year, the Raider playoff bid feels different and Friday night that road … like years before … goes through Carroll County.

The Moore County Raiders will travel tonight to take on the Region 6A Huntingdon Mustangs in a TSSAA Class 1A round two playoff game. The Raiders enter the contest with a 10-1 record. Their only loss of the season happened at Fayetteville in week five of the regular season.

The two teams are no strangers in post season play. Huntingdon put a stop to Moore County’s playoff bid in 2017 and again in 2018. On Friday, the Raiders will be looking for a little bit of revenge and to prove that they’ve got what it takes this year.

According to Coach White, the Mustangs play physical, smash mouth football and are known to be extremely physical up front. They also run the ball well.

“They are a sound football team,” Coach White says. “We’re gonna have to man up and stop them.”

The Mustangs are big and physical and they expect to be in the playoffs year after year.

Huntingdon enjoys a 9-2 overall records with losses against McKenzie and Milan in the regular season and a perfect Region 6A record. They beat Cornersville 48-8 to advance to the second round game against Moore County.

Stats against Wayne County

In last Friday’s playoff game against Wayne County at home, the Raiders put up 279 total yards of offense – 93 through the air and another 186 on the ground. Raider QB Kyler Parker threw five of eight for 63 percent. Tyler Smith led in both passing and rushing with 142 all purpose yards – three catches for 44 yards and six receptions for 98 yards. He also led the Raiders in scoring with three touchdowns. Chase Bradford was a perfect six of six on point after attempts.

Donavin Pearson led the Raiders on defense with 15 total tackles including eight solo tackles followed by Kaden White with 12 total tackles and an interception.

The 48-14 win over Wayne County gave Coach Kris White his first Moore County playoff victory.

“It was really gratifying but the biggest thing was to get to see these seniors reap the fruit of their labor,” said Coach White. “They believe in our coaching staff and they believe in each other. I’m just really happy for them because this will be their legacy.”

The Mustangs home field might present a bit of a culture shock to most Raider fans. It resembles a small junior college football stadium more than a rural high school football field and the Mustangs play on turf not natural grass. It’s a little more than three hours away for the Raiders, who will travel Friday on not one but three Moore County school buses due to COVID restrictions.

Seating will be limited to a third of the stadium’s total seating capacity, according to MCHS Athletic Director Josh Deal. Tickets will not be sold at the gate and are available only through the TSSAA website or the Go Fan app. According to Deal, tickets are still available. •

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Kyler Parker, Kaden White named Mr. Football semifinalists

It’s official. Moore County coaching staff got word this week that two MCHS Raiders – Kyler Parker and Kaden White – have been added to the list of semifinalist for Tennessee Titan’s Mr. Football for 2020.

Parker has 2,329 all purpose yards including 1,504 passing yards and 825 rushing yards. The Raider QB has scored 11 touchdowns and enjoys a quarterback rating of 104.7.

White has put up impressive defensive numbers including 115 total tackles (77 solo tackles as well as 38 assists) including three tackles behind the line of scrimmage, two fumble recoveries, one interception, two caused fumbles, and two pass deflections. He’s also racked up 35 receptions for 452 yards and four touchdowns.

“Kyler is leading all of Class 1A in passing and is fourth in rushing,” said Raider Assistant Coach T.J. Christian. “Kaden has been phenomenal on defense all season. Through nine games he is leading all of Class 1A in tackles.”

The two Raiders were joined by fellow Region 5 candidate Kolby Stewart of Huntland. Two South Pittsburg players, Hunter Frame and Jared Stone, were also named semifinalists. Other area players named include Tullahoma’s Jakobe Thomas.

The list of semi-finalists will be reduced to just three finalist on November 17. The TSSAA Tennessee Titans Mr. Football winner will be announced in December 8 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. Nominees are selected by a committee of statewide sports writers. •

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Raiders looking to tame the Wildcats in tonight’s playoff game

The Raiders take on Wayne County tonight at 7 p.m. in Lynchburg.

SPORTS — With not one but two TSSAA Mr. Football semi-finalist on it’s roster, the Moore County High School Raiders will look to take out Wayne County tonight in the first round of the the Class 1A Playoffs. Moore County will enter the game with a 9-1 regular season record as well as an offense and defense that’s clicking on all cylinders.

Led by senior quarterback and Mr. Football semi-finalist Kyler Parker, the Raiders boast numerous, quick strike weapons. Aided by determined Raider playmakers, Parker’s completed 105 passes on 182 attempts so far this season. Outside the pocket, Parker’s rushed for another 825 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Through the air, Parker’s favorite targets are fellow Mr. Football semi-finalist Kaden White (452 receiving yards), Dawson White (334 receiving yards), Brayden Cashion (288 receiving yards), Dylan Scruggs (236 receiving yards), and Joshua Parks (167 receiving yards). Scruggs hasn’t played the last two games due to a shoulder injury but is expected to return for playoff action.

On the ground, Parker and senior running back Tyler Smith do the heavy lifting. Smith has racked up 729 yards on the ground and 10 touchdown so far this season for the Raiders. The Raider offense owes much of its success to an unyielding offensive line that’s doing an outstanding job of blocking downfield and creating space for Raider rushers.

And of course, Raider kicker Chase Bradford’s been rock solid again this year making 32 or 37 point after attempts and two of two field goals.

As the season’s progressed the Raider defense has gotten stingy. They forced shutouts against Cascade, Eagleville, and Jo Bryns and allowed less than 14 points a game in their final two games. They beat Richland 35-7 and Mt. Pleasant 38-13.

In the secondary, ball hawks Joshua Parks, Dawson White, and Hayden Carter pick off interceptions and inside, the Raider defensive line forces and recovers fumbles. Hayden Carter leads this stat with four fumble recoveries on the year.

Kaden White (115 tackles), Donavin Pearson (111 tackles), Dawson White (100 tackles), Tyler Smith (90 tackles) and Hayden Carter (77 tackles) lead the Raider D.

The Wildcat secondary can be exposed for big plays

The Wildcats come into Raider Stadium with a 5-5 regular season record. They suffered a COVID forfeit loss to Middleton in the first game of the season followed by losses to Loretto, Summertown, Riverside, Huntingdon, and Collinswood.

The Wildcats put up 747 yards through the air this season and another 1026 yards on the ground. They play grind-it-out offense led by senior quarterback #10 Cade Crews who is 59 of 126 on the year and leading running back #33 Hunter Staggs and junior running back #19 Julian Birch. The two have combined for a little over 600 yards this season. In the passing game, Raider fans will want to keep their eye on senior wide receiver #8 Clay Baugus who has 26 receptions for 408 yards.

With a weak secondary, the Wildcats defend better against the run than the pass and the Raiders receivers should be able to expose them for big plays.

Kick off tonight is at 7 p.m. No tickets will be sold at the gate. All tickets are digital and may be purchase by clicking here or on the Go Fan app. 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. •

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Raiders end regular season #3 in AP and Coach T polls

With their final, regular season ending 38-13 win against Mount Pleasant in Lynchburg last Friday, the Moore County Raiders moved up to number three in the final Associated Press (AP) regular season pole of the 2020-21 season. Moore County also ranked number three and the Coach T Top Ten Teams poll behind Coalfield and South Pittsburg.

The complete rankings are as follows: 1. South Pittsburg (9-1), 2. Coalfield (8-0), 3. Moore County (9-1), 4. Copper Basin (8-1), 5. Fayetteville City (8-2), 6. Huntington (8-2), 7. Greenfield (8-1), 8. Gordonsville (7-3), 9. Lake County (5-1), and 10. West Carroll (6-3).

At the end of week 11, Moore County and Fayetteville City are the only two Class A Region 5 teams remaining in the AP poll. Throughout the season, Cornersville and Huntland had also earned AP ranking but fell out in the final week.

The first round of the 2020 Class 1A TSSAA State Football Playoffs kicks of this Friday with teams from Region 5 facing off against Region 6. The match up are as follows:

#4 Region 6 Hollow Rock Bruceton at #1 Region 5 Fayetteville City

#3 Region 6 Wayne County at #2 Region 5 Moore County

#3 Region 5 Huntland at #2 Region 6 Collinwood

#4 Region 5 Cornersville at #1 Region 6 Huntington

MCHS will be issued around 800 tickets for the first game and they went on sale on Tuesday at noon. To purchase a ticket, click here. Kick off witll be 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. •

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Raiders dominate in 38-13 win over Mount Pleasant

The Raider defensive line did their part of Friday to earn a 38-13 win over Mount Pleasant. Pictured (from left to right) are Hayden Carter, Ryder Morey, Donavin Pearson, Joseph Trice, and Landon Jolley. (Photo Credit: Emily Black for the Moore County Sports Network)

The Moore County Raiders came into Friday night’s final regular season game against the Mount Pleasant Tigers with a few simple goals: get a little revenge and avoid injuries. They accomplished both with a 38-13 win to set the stage for a Class 1A playoff game in Lynchburg this Friday against Wayne County.

After the game, Raider Assistant Coach TJ Christian told the Moore County Sports Network that the coaching staff wasn’t focused necessarily on the Tigers but rather on getting better, avoiding injuries, and getting younger players some valuable reps.

“The great thing about this team, whether it’s on offense or defense, is the effort they bring. You can’t coach effort,” said Coach Christian. “They show up every day ready to play … It’s been a pleasure to coach them.”

Raider defense sets the first half tone

Moore County won the coin toss and elected to receive. They put together a long, sustained drive that got them to the goal line. Then on fourth and two, the Raiders went for it but Mount Pleasant sniffed out the play, tackled running back Tyler Smith in the backfield and Moore County turned the ball over on downs.

Mount Pleasant went three and out on its first offensive drive. After the punt, Raider QB Kyler Parker tucked the ball and ran near the pylon before getting shoe string tackled. On first and goal, Parker muscled his way into the end zone for the Raiders’ first six points. The PAT was no good and the Raiders led Mount Pleasant 6-0.

On their next possession, the Tigers put together a long, sustained 10 minute drive designed to eat up clock and keep the ball out of the Raider offense’s hands. On fourth and goal, Tiger QB Strayhand ran the option untouched into the end zone. The PAT was good and the Tigers led 7-6 with a little over six minutes to play in the first half.

It was as close as Mount Pleasant would ever get.

On the next Raider drive, Brayden Cashion, Parker, and Kaden White pieced together positive plays to get Smith in scoring position at the 24 yard line. On first and ten, Parker handed off to Smith who broke tackles down the right side and then toward the middle for six Raider points. The Raiders faked the extra point and Keller Morey found the end zone for the two point conversion giving the Raiders back the 14-7 lead.

And the Raiders weren’t finished scoring first half points.

After a Tiger three and out with 2:36 to play before halftime, Dawson White — with his teammates blocking his path — returned the punt all the way into the end zone. Chase Bradford’s PAT gave Moore County a 21-7 lead.

After another Tiger three and out, Moore County looked determined to put more points on the board before the half. Parker connected with Dawson White on first and ten for a Raider touchdown but a holding flag took the points of the scoreboard. With less than a minute to play, Kaden White and Morey got Bradford in range for the field goal. His three points gave Moore County a 24-7 halftime lead.

Second and third strings brings home the win

After the break, the Raiders and Tigers traded turnovers. Then midway through the third period, positive plays by Cashion and Dawson White set up Parker for the QB keeper into the end zone. Bradford’s PAT gave the Raiders a 31-7 third quarter lead.

As Raider fans held up four fingers, Coach Kris White began to substitute heavily looking to both avoid injuries and get his second and third string some valuable game time reps heading into the playoffs.

Cashion replaced Parker at QB and then marched Moore County down the field. On first and 10, he handed off to Donavin Pearson. The ball popped out and up only to be caught by Ayden Blair and recovered. That gave the Raiders third and short in the red zone. Cashion then got Moore County to the goal line and broke tackles on the next play to score with 9:17 remaining in the game. Bradford’s PAT made it 38-7.

With 4:12 left in the game, Mount Pleasant managed a long right side run into the red zone. Then on first and goal, their big full back Jeremiah Dobbins muscled in for the final touchdown of the game. Mount Pleasant attempted a two point conversion but it failed. The final score was Raiders 38 and Mount Pleasant 13. The win gives the Raiders a 9-1 regular season record and the Tigers ended 1-8.

Stats against Mount Pleasant

Against Mount Pleasant, the Raiders passed for 173 yards and added another 214 on the ground.

QB Kyler Parker led in rushing yards with 95 followed by Brayden Cashion with 41. Kaden White led in receiving yards with 62.

Parker also led in scoring with two touchdowns. Dawson White, Brayden Cashion, and Tyler Smith all added a touchdowns. Chase Bradford added a field goal and Keller Morey added a two point conversion.

On defense, Dawson White led with 12 tackles and Kaden White followed with nine. Hayden Carter and Cullman Graham both recovered fumbles and Donavin Pearson and Tanner Parkers forced fumbles. For complete stats, visit the Raider page on Max Preps by clicking here.

The Raiders now move on the playoffs. They will host Wayne County in Lynchburg next Friday night. Tickets go on sale on Monday on the GoFan website for parents of players, cheerleaders, and band. On Tuesday at noon, they will go on sale for the public at TSSAAsport.com. •

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Raiders look for revenge against Mt. Pleasant in final regular season game

Senior Raider play makers Donavin Pearson (#40), Kyler Parker (#5), and Brayden Cashion (#11) will be looking to exact a little revenge Friday night against Mt. Pleasant. The Tigers beat Moore County 47-28 last year in Maury County (Photo Credit: Emily Black for the Moore County Sports Network)

SPORTS — It was an ugly, embarrassing loss. That’s what the Moore County Raiders senior football players remember about last year’s 47-28 game in Mount Pleasant.

“With what happened last year with them, I just want to beat them so bad,” said senior wide receiver Joshua Parks during Coach’s Corner on the Moore County Sports Network on Saturday. “It was ridiculous last year.”

Despite their 1-8 record, the Mount Pleasant Tigers enter Raider Stadium as a dangerous foe. Five of their regular season loses — Summertown, Richland, Loretto, ZCA, and Eagleville — were all one possession games. The Tigers, who have experience positive team COVID cases this year, also forfeited a game to Cornersville. Beating the Raiders on Friday night could make their season and they’ll come onto Doug Price Field motivated.

The Tigers also possess the weapons to score. Senior quarterback Te’Varius Strayhorn (#6) frequently scrambles outside the pocket for positive yards. He’s pieced together 134 yards on the ground this season.

The leading Tiger rusher is Zavier Davidson (#27) with 592 total rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Senior Ladontay Patton (#23) and freshman Keegan Cooper (#22) have also combined for another 641 yards on the ground.

On defense, the Raider offense will need to keep an eye on Ethan Beasley (#46) who’s racked up 63 tackles and seven sacks this season. Senior Jerimiah Dobbins (#32) has also racked up 50 tackles so far this year.

When asked how he planned to approach his final regular season game, Coach Kris White told the Moore County Sports Network that he plans to treat it like any other game.

“I want to go 9-1. I think it would be huge for this class of seniors to go 9-1 in their regular season,” he said. “We also wanna just get better from week to week. If we want to make a run at the playoffs, we have to get better each week.”

That mission got accomplished last Friday night against Richland as things started clicking for the Raider offense. Helped by the play of the offensive line, the Moore County running game became explosive in the 35-7 win against Richland. If the Raiders can continue to build on that solid rushing attack this weak, it will open up the passing game and give Raider QB Kyler Parker ample weapons to choose from against the Tigers.

Moore County will play their final regular season home game this Friday against Mount Pleasant. It will be First Responder’s Night. Kick off will be 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.}