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. •

{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.}

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. •

{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 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. •

{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 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. •

{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 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.}

Offensive line leads Moore County to a 35-7 win over Richland

Senior linebacker Donavin Pearson tackles a Richland player Friday night in their 35-7 win in Lynchburg. Pearson led the Raider defense with nine tackles including five solo tackles. (Photo Credit: Emily Black for the Moore County Sports Network)

SPORTS — On a warm October night with a pink MC glowing center field, the Moore County Raiders showed up and showed out with a 35-7 win over those other Raiders from Richland.

It was an impressive Moore County performance on both sides of the ball. The Raider offense flexed it’s depth with five different players finding the end zone. Two offensive tackles eighth grader Aydan Blair and freshman Landon Jolley paved their way creating huge holes.

On defense, the Raiders forced over 15 Richland plays for either a loss or no gain. Senior cornerback Joshua Parks also snagged a key interception and Hayden Carter added one more.

You get a touchdown and you get a touchdown

In the first half, four different Columbia blue jerseys made their way into the end zone. Senior Moore County quarterback Kyler Parker got the scoring started a little over a minute into the game when he called his own number and outran defenders for six points. Senior kicker Chase Bradford’s PAT sailed good and Moore took a quick, 7-0 lead.

After the play, Moore County fans could hear a Richland coach yell towards his players, “You’ve got to stay behind that guy.”

On their first series, Richland found some running room up the middle to get second and four. Then senior linebacker Donavin Pearson stopped the play for no gain. Moore County hurried the Richland QB on the next play and the Raiders in orange were forced to punt.

On the next Moore County drive, it was senior running back Tyler Smith’s chance to get on the boards. After positive yardage plays by freshman running back Dawson White, QB Parker, and senior wide receiver Brayden Cashion, Smith shook off Richland tackles to score six Moore County points. Bradford’s PAT made the score 14-0.

On the next series, the Raider defense forced three straight plays for no gain before a long pass play bailed the Richland offense out on a third and 10. After another three consecutive no gain plays, Richland got another first down through the air. Then, on first and 10, Pearson slung down the runner for a loss. The next Richland pass fell incomplete and then on third and 10, Hayden Carter intercepted the ball to give the Raiders the ball back with three first quarter seconds remaining.

The two Raider teams then traded possessions. On the next Moore County offensive possession, QB Parker broke free and got shoestring tackled near the goal line. On second and goal, he got the ball to Cashion who ran in for six points. Bradford’s PAT gave Moore County a 21-0 lead with 6:26 to play in the first half.

Richland’s next drive went three and out. With four minutes to play in the first half, Smith broke free for a 30 yard run to set up QB Parker to then run the ball to the goal line. With 35 seconds remaining on a third and two, Dawson White found the end zone. Bradford’s PAT gave Moore County a 28-0 lead over Richland at halftime.

Richland narrowly avoids the shut out

After the break, the defense continued to impress and Moore County forced four consecutive no gain plays to force the Richland punt. Then, on first and 10, Kaden White caught a Parker pass, made a man miss, and ran untouched into the end zone. Bradford’s PAT gave Moore County a 35-0 lead.

The two Raider teams then exchanged possessions. On the next Richland drive, they managed second and nine inside the red zone before Joshua Parks intercepted a pass at the goal line to give Moore County back the ball. At the 99 yard line, Moore County pieced together positive yardage before fumbling the ball with 7:30 to play in the game.

As the clock ran down, Moore County fans got a glimpse of the future of Raider football as Coach White substitute heavily getting younger players key reps. Wes Clifton ran the ball for four yards. Clifton, Noah Whitaker, Blake Bradford, Dusty Thomas, Will Harder, Will Parker, Logan Hegwood, Zac Carawan, Joseph Trice, Cody Trussell, and Tanner Parks all got in the defensive mix.

Richland narrowly avoided the shut out with 12 seconds remaining on a completed 32 yard pass along the far right side. Moore County beat Richland 35-7 at home. The win clinches second place in Region 5A and will likely earn them a home first round play off game.

After the game, Raider Head Coach Kris White told the Moore County Sports Network that he attributed a lot of the win to excellent play by the offensive line.

“Those guys are making holes for these running backs to get to the second level without getting touched and that’s huge for us,” he said.

Moore County stats versus Richalnd

Moore County spread the scoring around with Kyler Parker, Dawson White, Brayden Cashion, Kaden White, and Tyler Smith all earning six points. Chase Bradford was a perfect five of five on point after attempts.

QB Parker connected on 10 of 14 passes for 109 passing yards. He also scrambled for 11 carries on the ground for another 132 yards. He led in rushing yards followed by Tyler Smith with 111.

Kaden White led in receiving with four receptions for 68 yards.

On defense, Donavin Pearson led with nine tackles including five solo tackles. Kaden White and Tyler Smith followed with eight tackles each and Dawson White added six more. Both Joshua Parks and Hayden Carter snagged key interceptions.

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.}

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.}