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.}

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.}

Raider, Mount Pleasant Preview: Potential playoff situation complicated

LOCAL NEWS | Sports — The Moore County Raiders (5-4 overall) head to Mount Pleasant (7-2 overall) on Friday for a crucial district game. Their Region 5A records? Well, that gets a little complicated.

Richland beat Moore County on October 24, 20-14. Mount Pleasant beat Richland 40-14 on September 6. The top four teams are invited into post season play. Fayetteville City is also appealing the TSSAA decision to deem a play ineligible. With so many variables in play, the Raiders need a decisive away victory to keep post season play alive.

Raider defense needs to give offense a chance to win

Looking at the teams rosters and stats for the season, the question seems to be: can the Moore County Raider defense slow down the Mount Pleasant offense to give the Raider offense a chance to win? The Tigers hold the edge on offensive numbers with both more rushing and passing yard totals. But Moore County boasts more numbers in tackles and sacks.

The Raiders will need offensive yardage leaders Tyler Smith, Kyler Parker, and Dylan Scruggs to take care of the football especially in the red zone. As in the last two previous games, QB Brayden Cashion will likely need to call his own number in crucial third down situations.

The Raider defense led by Tyler Smith, Donavin Pearson, Bryson Dobbs, Zac Carawan, Hayden Carter, and Tyler Sanders will need to continue to play smart, aggressive football. In particular, they’ll need to get a handle on Tiger running backs Keshawn Hudson (657 yards) and AJ Busby (500 yards) who have combined for over 1,100 rushing yards. Hudson’s also caught passes for over 300 yards through the air. He’s scored 15 times this season.

The game will take place at Mount Pleasant High School, which is located at 600 North Greenwood Street. Kick off is at 7 p.m.

If you can’t make it to the game, there are a couple of ways to follow the action. Every game 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.•

{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.}