Moore Friday night light is officially happening

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Brown named new MCHS varsity boy’s basketball coach

New MCHS Varsity Boy’s Basketball Coach Justin Brown

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

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

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

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

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UPDATE: MC holds cheerleading tryouts on new date

LOCAL NEWS — Organizers have changed a couple of important dates for students and parent of students interested in trying out for the middle school and varsity cheerleader squads.

Tonight there will be a mandatory parent and potential candidate meeting at MCHS at 5:30 p.m. In this meeting, students and parents will be given all the information they need to participate in tryouts.

Tryouts will take place on March 5. Routine reviews and mock tryouts will take place at 5:30 p.m. Regular tryouts will take place on March 6. For questions or additional details, contact Head Cheerleading Coach Erin Bell Rutledge. •

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Raider Hoops kicks off soon; New gym won’t be ready

LOCAL NEWS | Sports — Moore County Hoops season is fast approaching. The first Moore County Middle School game takes place next Monday, November 4 at 6 p.m. against Liberty. The first MCHS varsity games won’t take place until December 6 against Community.

The timeline never anticipated that the new MCHS Gym would be ready for action by the start of basketball season but the good news is that “if everything goes as planned” it should be ready after Christmas break, according to Director of Schools Chad Moorehead.

In the meantime, games will take place in the old gym and fans should enter through the main entrance of the school. Front parking is limited and school officials would like to ask the home crowd to park behind the school to allow the visiting team to park out front.

Anyone with questions, can contact the school at 931-759-4231. •

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MC History: The Raider, Huntland Rivalry

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.

The storied rivalry has bred some camaraderie as well. On Friday night, the Moore County band and Huntland band will play the National Anthem together prior to kickoff. The Raiders take on Huntland at Doug Price Field for their last regular season home game. It’s the first of three conference games the Raiders must win if they hope to make it into the playoffs. It will also be Senior Night. Kick off is at 7 p.m. •

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Raiders travel to Jo Byrns Friday

LOCAL NEWS | Sports — After a week off, the Moore County Raiders (2-4, 0-2) with take on Jo Byrns (1-6, 1-2) in Cedar Hill on Friday night.

The Red Devils have experienced a frustrating season so far with losses to Harpeth, Huntland, Clay County, Houston County, East Robertson and Monterey. Their lone win of the season came on Sept. 20 against Red Boiling Springs. However, their motivation will be high as they are still in the Region 4-1A playoff hunt. The top four teams make the playoffs.

Raider Head Coach Jason Dobbs says Jo Byrns is “traditionally a good football team … very multiple on offense and 4-4 on defense.”  He says the Raider keys to victory will be to take care of the football and tackle.

After two impressive early season wins against Cascade and Community, the Raiders have struggled of late … though the games have been closer that some scores might imply. For the most part, the Raiders have held their own until late in the fourth quarter. Part of the the fourth quarter fade may have something to so with the fact that many varsity Raider starters play on both sides of the ball.

“With the weather being unseasonably hot it hurts our team because players never get to rest or catch their breath,” says Coach Dobbs.

With Jo Bryns’ smaller defensive line, expect Raider QB Brayden Cashion to have some success both through the air and handing off to his favorite Raider running backs. Tyler Smith (564 yards), in particular, has been putting up some huge rushing yardage with three 100 plus yard games under his belt. Kyler Parker (302 yards) and Dylan Scruggs (193 yards) have also acted as Raider work horses.

On the defensive side, Tyler Smith also stands out with 44 tackles so far this season. Donavin Pearson (33), Bryson Dobbs (27), Zac Carawan (20) and Hayden Carter (18) and Tyler Sanders (18) also lead the Raider D in tackles. Dobbs and Pearson lead in sacks. Also of note is the rock solid kicking game coming from Chase Bradford this year. Of 17 point after attempts, he’s sailed 16 through the uprights.

Coach Dobbs says the Raiders took the bye week to get rested and healed.

“The bye week is good for everyone to take a break and get ready for the push for the play offs,” he said. “We focused on healing up and resting as well as us getting better.”

After this game, the Raiders play three straight conference games (Huntland, Richland, and Mt. Pleasant) and must win two of them to make the playoffs.

Jo Byrns High School is located at 7025 Highway 41N in Cedar Hill. Kick off is at 7 p.m. If you can’t make it to the away game, there are a couple of ways to follow the action. Every Friday night, Whiskey Country radio transforms into Raider Country with play-by-play action from Joe Abraham and Al Clark  as well as sideline reporting from Kelli Ray. Tune in locally on 95.9 or 105.1 FM. You can also watch a live broadcast on the NFHS Network. And, of course, The Lynchburg Times will post score updated on social media throughout the game.•

{Editors Note: All stats according to Max Preps.}