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Raiders head to Fayetteville for Region 5 game

Posted on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 9:52 am

MCHS defenders Tyler Smith (30) and Joseph Sons (34) lead the Raiders tacklers as they swarm a Cannon County runner last week.

By David Knox

The Moore County Raiders (3-1) will travel to Fayetteville to take on the winless Tigers (0-4). The Tigers have been outscored 126-43 and shut out twice in those four losses, but the Raiders can’t take the game lightly; they’re seeking their first Region 5 win on Friday, and it’s a rival. Last year, the Raiders escaped with a 26-21 win. Coy Cashion rushed for two touchdowns and threw a TD pass to Nate Love. The Tigers closed the gap to five points with about two minutes to play and recovered an onside kick, but the Raiders held on for the win. This time, the teams clash atop Tiger Hill. The Raiders came out of the game down five starters – Hayden Walker, Jacob Smith, Dylan Vassar, Dylan Knight and Tristian Whitaker, who hasn’t played this season. The tragic car wreck that injured Ethan Sweeton on Monday morning meant another key player would be out – as if football mattered at that point. After the game, Dobbs praised his team for its resilience and pointed out players that had steeped in to fill the gaps. “As one of the coaches said, there are five starters that aren’t playing right now that we started the season with. We’re having to patch here and there and the kids continue to fight and I’m proud of them.” Fayetteville is “very good. A lot of speed, well-coached, and we’re going to have our hands full,” Dobbs said. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Tiger Stadium. The game will air on FM-105.1 and be live-streamed by the NFHS Network with Joe Abraham and Dave Stribling on the call and Kelli Ray is the sideline reporter. Middle school game canceled The MCMS Raiders’ game with Cornersville scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 11, was canceled. It had not been rescheduled at press time.

Last week’s Region 5 scores
Moore County 20, Cannon County 19
Cornersville, 50, Grace Christian 0
Mount Pleasant 40, Fayetteville 0
Huntland 28, Monterey 14
Community 22, Richland 19

Friday’s games
Moore County (3-1) at Fayetteville (0-4), 7 p.m., FM105.1, NFHS (live stream)

Cornersville (4-0) at Mount Pleasant (4-0)
Huntland (2-1) at Jo Byrns (2-1)
Richland (1-3) at Grace Christian (0-3)