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.}

Raiders tied with Greenfield for #5 in latest AP poll

The Moore County Raiders moved up two spots to tie with Greenfield as the number five Division 1, Class 1A team in the state, according to this week’s AP Tennessee Football Prep Poll. {File Image}

SPORTS | According to the Associated Press’s (AP) Tennessee Football Prep Polls, released on Monday, Moore County earned their way back into the top five Division 1, Class 1A teams in the state after a 21-0 victory over Eagleville last Friday. To view the complete, AP poll click here.

The Raiders (5-1) were tied with Greenfield (5-0) for the number five spot. Perennial powerhouse South Pittsburg (5-0) continues to reign in the number one spot followed by: 2. Copper Basin (6-0), 3. Fayettville City (5-1), and 4. Coalfield (4.-1).

Lake County (2-2), who previously ranked number two in Class 1A, dropped to number seven after their second loss of the season on September 25 to Westview. Huntingdon (4-2), Cornersville (5-1), and Monterey (4-0) round out the top ten.

Eagleville game statistics

Against Eagleville, QB Kyler Parker connected on 11 of 17 passes for 142 yards.

Parker also led in rushing yards with 110. Dawson White contributed 28. Tyler Smith added another 26 and Kaden White hustled for 25 yards. Brayden Cashion managed 12 yards on four carries. In total, the Raiders rushed for 201 yards on 39 carries for a 5.2 yards per carry average.

Kaden White led the Raider receiving corp with six catches for 60 yards through the air. Cashion followed with 50 and Dawson White added 32 more. In total, the Raiders managed 142 yards through the air on 11 receptions for a 12.9 per catch average.

Parker, Dawson White, and Tyler Smith all contributed a touchdown each and Raider kicker Chase Bradford was three of three on extra points.

The Raider offense managed 343 yards against Eagleville.

Defensively, Kaden White and Donavin Pearson did the heavy lifting with 10 tackles each. Tyler Smith followed with nine tackles, caused a fumble, and got a quarterback sack. Hayden Carter added another eight tackles. Both Zac Carawan and Joseph Trice got a huge second quarter sack on Eagleville QB Collins that forced a punt on fourth and five.

The Raiders gets a bye week this Friday during Moore County Schools fall break. They will return to Raider Stadium on Friday, October 9 to take on Jo Byrn for homecoming.

The game will kick off in Lynchburg at 7 p.m. If you can’t attend, it will be broadcast live on Raider Country 105.1 and 95.5 FM with Joe Abraham and the Moore County Sports Network team, 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 shut out Eagles to advance to 5-1

The Raiders bounced back on Friday with a 21-0 victory in Eagleville to improve their record to 5-1. {File Photo by: Riley Corder for the Moore County Sports Network}

EAGLEVILLE — Positive steps forward but lot of work left to do. That’s the take away from the Raiders Friday night 21-0 win in Eagleville, according to Head Coach Kris White.

All week, Coach White and his staff repeated the same message, “Let’s fix us … the mistakes, the missed tackles, and dropped passes … and the ballgame will take care of itself.”

The Raiders acknowledged they’d struggled against the Eagles and their high scoring offense in the past. But this year with wins against traditional Region 5 powerhouses Forrest and Cornersville already in the books, the Raiders felt optimistic.

Turnover riddled first quarter

Question marks remained in the first offensive series as the Raiders pieced together a six play march down the field that got them into the Eagle’s red zone only to fumble at the 15 yard line.

After the turnover, the Eagles put together their own frustrating attempt — a 15 play series that saw two different QBs and ate up much of the first quarter clock. On third and 10, Raider Tyler Smith got a solid hit on Eagle QB Marcus Collins, forcing the fumble. The Raiders recovered and were driving as the first quarter clock expired.

The defensive firm of Carawan, Trice, and Pearson

After a false start penalty to start the second quarter, Raider QB Kyler Parker threw to Brayden Cashion who then ran just short of the goal line. His first and goal effort gave the Raiders four shots at the end zone but they only needed one. On the very next play from scrimmage, Parker rushed into the end zone for six points. Chase Bradford’s PAT sailed through the upright to give the Raiders a 7-0 second quarter lead.

On the next Eagle’s series, they found a rhythm and pieced together several first down plays before Eagle QB Collins got hammered by the firm of Carawan, Trice, and Pearson. The ghost of that hit followed Collins for the rest of the game as he could often be seen turning towards Raiders footsteps that weren’t always there. The Eagles punted on fourth and five.

It was two steps forward and three steps back on the next Raider series. Moore County got a first down on a Parker to Cashion pass and then suffered two consecutive plays for a loss. On third and 14, Parker found Kaden White at midfield for a first down play with 5:14 remaining in the first half. After another set of downs thanks to a hand off to Cashion, the Eagles tackled Parker in the backfield for a loss at the 33 yard line to set up third and 12. Moore County called time out and then Parker under pressure threw incomplete to Cashion to make it fourth and 12.

With time expiring in first half, the Raiders were in two down territory. On the very next play, Parker threw a screen pass to Dawson White who scampered in for six Raider points. Bradford’s PAT added another.

After scores from Parker and Dawson White, the Raiders headed into the half time locker room up by 14.

Half time adjustments

In the first half, the Raider offense found its rhythm. Raider play makers came down with the ball and the offense managed crucial third down conversions. Despite outstanding first half defensive play by Tyler Smith and Donavin Pearson, the defensive line struggled. So did the offensive line and most the Raiders first half runs were managed by QB Parker as Moore County run blocking just wasn’t here. QB Parker continued to get hassled and forced out of the pocket in the second half.

After a scoreless third quarter, the Raiders and the Eagle continued to trade downs and turnovers until around the six minute mark, Parker continued to do the heavy rushing lifting to get the Raiders a couple of first downs. Then, on second and goal, Tyler Smith muscled into the end zone for the Raiders final score of the contest. Bradford’s PAT gave Moore County their final points.

The 21-0 victory improves the Raiders record to 5-1 while the Eagleville falls to 2-4. The Raiders will enjoy a bye week during fall break before playing to a homecoming Raider crowd against Jo Byrnes on October 9. •

{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 travel to Eagleville on Friday

SPORTS | Will the Moore County Raiders bounce back after a tough, first-of-the-season loss in Lincoln County last week? That’s the question Raiders fan are asking as MCHS heads into week six. After coming out sluggish in the first half last week, the Raiders came out swinging after halftime and managed to tie the game late in the fourth quarter. To read our complete coverage of that game, click here.

The Raiders (4-1, 1-1) will to travel for a non-region game against Eagleville (2-3, 1-1) on Friday. The Raiders lost last Friday 28-22 against Fayetteville City. Eagleville beat Community at home last Friday 40-8.

The Raiders failed to establish a running game against the Tigers. Moore County managed just 138 yards on the ground last week with the majority coming from scrambles by QB Kyler Parker. In the air, the boys in Columbia blue snagged 20 receptions for 176 yards.

“I was proud of the way the kids came back and fought in the second half,” Head Coach Kris White told Benji Garland during this week’s episode of Coach’s Corner on The Moore County Sports Network. “I don’t think they showed up at all to play in the first half.”

Against Fayetteville City, Raider QB Parker complete 20 of 35 passes and also lead in rushing yards with 76 yards on 15 carries. Tyler Smith followed with 31 rushing yards on seven carries. In the passing game, Dylan Scruggs led with three catches for 65 yards including a 55 yard game-tying touchdown pass reception. Kaden White followed with six catches for 48 yards.

The Raider D worked hard last week to give their offense a chance. K. White and Donavin Pearson led with 15 tackles each. Hayden Carter followed with 13 tackles and Tyler Smith added 11 more.

Fix us first, says Coach White

Coach White says he’s less concerned about Eagleville and more concerned with Moore County fixing what wasn’t working against Fayetteville City.

“We have to fix the things that are on us as coaches,” Coach White said during Coach’s Corner. “We’ve got to review the film and see what hurt us … what schemes that put us in bad positions … we’ve got to fix us first. We’ve played five games. We have five games left. Our goals haven’t changed. We can still accomplish the goals we set out to accomplish.”

Eagleville started slow with three consecutive losses (against Huntland, Cornersville and Forrest) but have gained steamed as of late. They currently rank third in Class AA Region 5 action behind Forrest and Lewis County.

Raiders fans will want to keep an eye on the quick release and scrambling feet of Eagle QB Marcus Collins who threw for five touchdowns in the 40-8 win over Community. He also ball hawked an interception on defense. Eagles sophomore wide receiver Kaden Snitzer also managed a Murfreesboro Area High School Athlete of Week nomination last week for his six catches for 110 yards and three touchdowns against Community. On defense, Raider QB Parker will need to keep his head on a swivel against the Eagle D-line led by Wyatt McLemore.

The game will kick off in Eagleville at 7 p.m. For those who plan to travel, the GPS address is 500 Highway 99, Eagleville, TN 37060. If you can’t travel to 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 drop two spots, remain in AP Top 10

The Raiders were ranked #7 in this week’s AP High School Football Top 10. {File Photo}

SPORTS | After losing a close one in Lincoln County last Friday to the Fayetteville City Tigers (4-1), the Moore County Raiders (4-1) remain one of the top 10 Class 1A teams in the state, according to the Associated Press (AP). In the new AP Tennessee High School poll released on Monday, Moore County dropped two spots to number seven.

Fayetteville City – who beat the Raiders 28-22 in week five – rose one spot to number five. Fellow Region 5 team the Cornersville Bulldogs (4-1) moved down one spot to number nine. Number one South Pittsburg (5-0) and number two Lake County (2-0) continue to battle out for the top spot.

In Region 5A action, the Raiders (1-1) remained tied with Cornersville (1-1) for the third spot. Fayetteville City leads with a perfect record in region play followed by Richland (1-0). Both Huntland and Mount Pleasant remain winless in region play.

The Raiders play the fourth of four consecutive road games this Friday night in Eaglesville. According to Moore County Athletic Director Josh Deal tickets will be limited to this away game and will be offered to the families of players, managers, and cheerleaders first. All available tickets can be purchased through the MCHS front office. (Updated at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday: MC’s allotment of tickets is now sold out.) For more information, call 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 fall to Tigers 28-22

Senior Dylan Scruggs caught a 55-yard clutch pass from Raider QB Kyler Parker on Friday to tie the game with Fayetteville City. {Photo Credit: Riley Corder for the Moore County Sports Network}

LINCOLN COUNTY — Football is a game of timing.

You play four quarters of 12 minutes each. Offenses get 40 seconds to run a play or face a delay of game penalty. There’s snap cadence. Running backs and receivers run precisely timed routes while the quarterback attempts to evade the defense and hit his target.

It’s a game of inches and seconds. One that’s difficult to play (and watch) when the referee crew interrupts play nearly 20 times in just the first half. That’s a stat from the Moore County Raiders Friday night loss to the Fayetteville City Tigers in Lincoln County on Friday by a final score of 28-22.

After a disjointed and uncharacteristically mistake-riddled first half, the Raiders tied the game with a clutch 92 yard drive capped off with a Kyler Parker to Dylan Scruggs 55 yard pass late in the fourth quarter.

Sputtering, flag heavy first half

The first half felt like a slow, sputtering, out of sync affair thanks in part to nearly 20 flags thrown by officials over the course of the first 24 minutes.

Moore County failed to score in the first stanza. The Tigers scored first on a hand off to KJ Jackson on a first and ten at the 38 yard line. They made the two point conversion and led Moore County 8-0 as time expired in the first quarter.

The second quarter ended much like the first with the Tigers scoring as time expired. At the end of the first half, Fayetteville City led the Raiders 16-0.

Half time adjustments

As the winds whipped and the temperature dropped after halftime, Moore County showed signs of life when senior running back Tyler Smith spotted a hole in the Tiger defensive line and muscled his way into the end zone. Parker then connected with Dawson White for the two point conversion to get the Raiders within eight. With 10 minutes to play in the third quarter, Moore County trailed the Tigers 16-8.

Following the Raider score, the Tigers answered with a quick five play series that resulted in six more Fayetteville City points. This time the Raider defensive line held and the two point conversion failed. With a little over six minutes remaining in the third, the Raiders continued to trail Fayetteville City 22-8.

On the next Raider series and behind a offensive line that gave him plenty of time to make plays, Parker spread the ball around with positive plays to Joshua Parks, Kaden White, Tyler Smith, and Dylan Scruggs to get he Raiders to first and goal as time expired in the third. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Parker tucked the ball and ran in for a Moore County touchdown with 11:57 to play. Chase Bradford’s PAT was good to make it 22-14.

After the Raiders tied the score, the Tigers needed a fake punt on fourth and six with 50 seconds remaining to keep their go-ahead drive alive. Fayetteville City then completed a pass to the one yard line to give them first and goal with 19 seconds left on the clock. They scored on the next play, but the two point conversion failed. With 17 second left, the Raiders took over on the 34 yard line. Parker ran for two yards then completed a toss to Joshua Parks for a first down but time expired.

With its first loss under first year head coach Kris White, the Raiders fall to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in Region 5A. Moore County now ranks third in the region behind Richland (2-1, 1-0) and Fayetteville City (4-1, 3-0). The Raiders will travel for the fourth straight week next Friday night to take on non-conference Eagleville (2-3, 1-1).

The game will kick off in Eagleville at 7 p.m. For those who plan to travel, the GPS address is 500 Highway 99, Eagleville, TN 37060. If you can’t travel to the game, it will be broadcast live on Raider Country 105.1 and 95.5 FM, on the NFHS Network, or The Lynchburg Times will post live score updates on our Facebook page. •

The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering 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.}

Friday Night Lights: #5 Raiders take on #6 Fayetteville on Friday

FAYETTEVILLE — It will be a battle of TSSAA ranked teams on Friday as the number five Moore County Raiders (4-0, 1-0) travel to face off with the Fayetteville Tigers (3-1, 2-0) in Lincoln County. The Raiders defeated the Forrest Rockets 35-14 last Friday in Chapel Hill while the Tigers beat Mount Pleasant 56-20 at home.

This battle of ranked team should be great game. In fact it’s gotten the attention of Tennessee High School Football Live, which will live stream the game. Click here for that link.

Moore County will need to correct needless penalties and sloppy play to bring their A game to the Tigers. Against the Rockets, Moore County had several key first downs and a touchdown called back for penalties. The Raider offense will also need to establish a ground game. Against Forrest, Moore County put up 248 yards through the air and just 98 on the ground.

Defensively, the Raiders look daunting. Moore County defenders fly to the ball, tackle smart, and hit hard. Many Moore County defenders are first year football players but seasoned athletes. What they lack in experience, they make up for in instinct and athletic ability … especially senior Ryder Morey and junior Will Harder, who combined for 10 tackles against the Rockets.

Moore County will also need to capitalize on any Fayetteville mistakes. The Rockets turned the ball over seven time against Moore County but the Raiders only converted two of those opportunities into points.

Patient Tiger QB and solid offensive line

On the Fayetteville side of the ball, Raider fans will want to keep an eye on junior running back #7 Graham Pace who has rushed for three touchdowns through four games for the Tigers. He leads Fayettevile with 20 total points. Receivers junior #11 Corian Cash and #9 sophomore Isaiah Thomison are the Tigers best hands. Freshman #3 KJ Jackson leads the Tigers in all purpose yards. Tiger QB sophomore #16 Sam Holdmeyer is 24 of 45 for 195 total yards so far this year and his offense line gives him time to find receivers.

On defense, there are several key players including junior #6 Cam Sheridan, sophomore #24 Braxton Wilson, junior #72 Antonio Ibarra, and senior #2 Jayson Pullen. They’ve combined for nearly 100 tackles through four games. Freshman #27 Calvin Hughes is quick off the ball with eight QB sacks this year.

The game will kick off in Fayetteville at 7 p.m. For those who plan to travel, the GPS address is 1800 Wilson Parkway, Fayetteville, TN 37334. If you can’t travel to the game, it will be broadcast live on Raider Country 105.1 and 95.5 FM, on the NFHS Network, or The Lynchburg Times will post live score updates on our Facebook page. •

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering 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.}

Region 5 teams Mt. Pleasant, Cornersville game postponed due to COVID

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Fellow Region 5 opponents Mount Pleasant have cancelled practice and two games due to a COVID-19 exposure by at least on player. {Lynchburg Times Graphic}

MOUNT PLEASANT — We knew it was only a matter of time until an area high school football team was affected by COVID-19. On Monday, fellow Region 5A team Mount Pleasant announced they were cancelling practice and two regular season games due to a COVID-19 exposure.

According to Mount Pleasant Athletic Director Eric Hughes, the Mount Pleasant versus Cornersville game scheduled for September 18 is being postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test by at least one player. The Tigers also cancelled their game against Wayne County on September 25. The team isn’t currently practicing so that their facilities can be deep cleaned.

According to Hughes, he’s working with both teams to get those games rescheduled.

Moore County is scheduled to play Mount Pleasant as the final regular season game on October 30. The Raiders beat Cornersville 33-23 on September 4. •

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering 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 move up in AP prep poll

We’re a moving on up … no seriously, after another road win Friday night against Forrest in Chapel Hill, the Moore County High School Raiders are ranked number five in the Associated Press Tennessee High School football statewide poll after week four.

Tennessee AP-member sportswriters and broadcasters select the top ten teams playing TSSAA football in the state.

The list, which was released on Monday, show the top 10 Class 1A teams as: 1. South Pittsburg 2. Lake County 3. Huntingdon 4. Copper Basin 5. Moore County 6. Fayetteville, 7. Coalfield. 8. Cornersville 9. Greenfield and 10. Monterey.

Other area teams earning ranks this week were Tullahoma (number three Class 4A) and Giles County (number eight Class 3A).

Moore County moved up one spot from number six to number five. Cornersville, who Moore County defeated on September 4 by a score of 33-23, held steady at number eight.

On a Division 1 Class A poll on the popular prep football site Coach T, the Raiders are ranked number two right behind South Pittsburg. Click here to see that poll.

On Friday, it will be number five versus number six (or number two versus number seven … depending on which poll you put more stock in) as MCHS heads to Fayetteville to take on the Tigers. •

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering 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.}