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. •

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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. •

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Raiders get a sloppy, scary win over Forrest

Senior wide receiver Kaden White racked up 102 receiving yards against Forrest and a touchdown. {Photo Credit: Emily Black for the Moore County Sports Network}

CHAPEL HILL — The Moore County Raiders walked away with a 35-14 win over the Forrest Rockets Friday night in Chapel Hill but at the end of four quarters the Raiders were less concerned with their win and more concerned for players from both teams after a scary hit.

With less than four minutes to play in the third quarter, the Raider recovered a fumble. On the next play, Raider quarterback Kyler Parker threw to Joshua Parks and he took a big, head-leading hit from Rocket defender Micah McClendon. After the play, McClendon remained on the ground unmoving and paramedics eventually transported him from the field and into an awaiting ambulance.

It was a scary several minutes for both Forrest and Moore County players, coaches, cheerleaders, parents, and fans who could only stand by hoping for the best.

According to his mother Laura McClendon’s social media posts, Micah underwent surgery Saturday for a injury to his spine and is recovering. Raider Joshua Parks also went to the hospital and luckily only suffered muscular injuries.

Sloppy first half with multiple turnovers

Things got off to a bumpy start for the Rockets from the very first play from the line of scrimmage. On first and ten, Forrest fumbled and Raider Hayden Carter recovered. Over the next three minutes, the Raiders worked an 11 play series that ended with Raider quarterback Kyler Parker running the QB draw into the end zone for six points. Chase Bradford’s PAT sailed through the uprights and the Raiders took an early 7-0 lead with less than eight minutes to play in the first quarter.

On the very next Forrest series, the ball popped out again to the waiting Carter. However, the Raiders couldn’t move the ball in four downs and handed the ball back to the Rockets on downs.

On their third possession of the game, the Forrest Rockets got their third turnover when Raider ball hawking safety Dawson White snagged an interception on third and nine. On first down, QB Parker threw a 48 yard bomb to Kaden White for six more Raider points. Bradford’s PAT was good and with 3:26 left in the first quarter, the Raiders led Forrest 14-0.

As the first quarter expired, the two teams exchanged punts. Then, on the next Rocket series Forrest running back Chris Davis rushed for six points. Rocket kicker Gavin Grissom’s PAT was good and with 10:47 to play in the second, Forrest pulled within seven — Moore County 14, Forrest 7.

Moore County answered. A Brayden Cashion return to the 45 yard line set up Moore County first and ten. Parker then completed quick passes to K. White and Dylan Scruggs and a handoff to Tyler Smith to get within striking distance. At the 15 yard line, Parker ran into the end zone for six more. Bradford’s PAT was good and the Moore County led 21-7.

Three series later, the Rockets suffered their fourth turnover of the first half when Donavin Pearson snagged an interception on a Forrest first down pass. But the Raiders could not convert the turnover into points.

On the next Rocket series, Carter recovered another Forrest fumble. And again the Raider failed to convert the turnover into Moore County points. Despite multiple opportunities, the Raiders settled for a 21-7 lead headed into the halftime locker room.

Long injury time out results in flat play

Moore County found success mostly through the air in the first half. In the second stanza, fans wondered if Coach White would work to establish the ground game. The answer was sort off.

Set to receive first in the third quarter, the Raider QB Parker meticulously mixed passes and hand offs for a 14 play series that clicked nearly five minutes off the clock and resulted in another quarterback draw for six points. Bradford’s PAT was good to give the Raiders a 28-7 lead with 8:39 remaining in the third.

On the next Rocket series, Forrest failed to move the ball and turned it over on downs to Moore County at their 33.

Things started to get chippy and sloppy at this point. Forrest and Moore County exchanged turnovers before the Parker to Parks pass that resulted in the game-stopping injury. After a long injury time out, both teams (and their fan bases) seemed flat with their minds more on the injured McClendon than the task at hand.

On the next Rider series D. White and Parker pieced together first downs before D. White got a clutch play on a tipped screen pass for six more Raider points. Bradford nailed another PAT to give Moore County a 35-7 lead with 18 seconds left on the third quarter clock.

In the fourth quarter, Forrest managed one more score by Rocket running back Davis. Forrest kicker Grissom’s kick was good to make the score 35-14 with less than a minute to go in the game. In the end, Moore County remained undefeated with a 4-0 record while Forrest moved to 2-2.

Offensively, QB Parker threw for two touchdown and rushed for two more. Tyler Smith ran 43 yards and score one touchdown. Kaden White caught 102 receiving yards and a touchdown and his brother Dawson White added another 80 yards and a score. Raider kicker Chase Bradford was five for five on the night.

Defensively junior Hayden Carter had a stand out night with two fumble recoveries, an interception, six tackles including three solo tackles. Dawson White led the defense with 12 tackles including 10 solo tackles. Kaden White and Tyler Smith managed 10 tackles each. Donavin Pearson had nine.

Next Friday, Moore County will travel for their third consecutive away game to Fayetteville to take on the 3-1 Tigers.

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. •

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Former Raider Coach Mac McCurry won’t coach next year at Franklin County

REGIONAL NEWS | Winchester — The man who got the Moore County Raiders six inches from a state football championship won’t be back to coach the Franklin County High School Rebels next year. According to a press release from the school, he was let go as head football coach on Monday.

“I would like to thank coach McCurry for his hard work and contributions to our football program,” FCHS Principal Dr. Alsup said in the press release. “I have tremendous respect for McCurry and his dedication to developing our young men.”

A graduate of FCHS, McCurry returned there is 2017 to take over the football program. Since then, he’s amassed a 14-16 record and the Rebels missed the playoffs for three straight years.

Coach of 1988 Moore County state runner up team

Folks in Moore County probably know Coach McCurry as the leader of the 1988 Moore County Raider football team that made it all the way to the state championship game. In the now infamous game against the Donelson Christian Academy Wildcats, the Raiders trailed 21-7 before two late fourth quarter touchdowns got them within one point with 63 seconds remaining.

As Coach McCurry, motioned for field goal kicker Wes Langford to head out onto the field to attempt the extra point, the offense bristled. Then quarterback Wes Fanning and his offensive line lobbied for a two point conversion and Coach McCurry agreed. QB Fanning tossed the kicking tee toward the sideline and lined up for the two point conversion. But the Tigers stopped Raider star running back Todd Logan just six inches from the goal line.

After the game, McCurry famously told The Tennessean that if he’d had to do all over again, he’d make exactly the same choice.

Rebel Defensive Coordinator Mike Head will take over as Interim Head Coach. Franklin County is now among 12 other Tennessee high school football programs looking for a head coach including : Camden, Cheatham County, Clinton, Franklin County, Goodpasture, Harding Academy, Lincoln County, Loretto, Overton, Pigeon Forge, Red Boiling Springs, Siegel, and Station Camp. •

{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.}