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Another Friday, another tough test for Raiders

Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 2:02 pm

By David Knox

Before the season, Moore County Raiders coach Jason Dobbs said there wasn’t a game on the schedule that he could pencil in as a win.

Based on last season, however, surely this Friday’s home game against Fayetteville City would be one. The Tigers were 1-9 a year ago, and most games weren’t close. Moore County won 33-7 over the Tigers.

But enter a new coach, and a bunch of players who had quit the team before last season returned to the field.

The Tigers, if anyone had doubted early success, knocked off preseason region favorite Mt. Pleasant 26-7 – at Mt. Pleasant — to go to 4-0, 2-0 in the region.

“They like to throw the ball,” Dobbs said. “They got a big quarterback that transferred in, and he’s the real deal. But they’ve got a little scatback with speed and they’ll lull you to sleep passing the ball and then run him.

“No question, we’ve got our hands full.”

Jacob Medlen is that quarterback, and he’s listed as 6-foot-1 and 218 pounds. Romello Twitty is 5-6 and 160 pounds, but he’s already rushed for 401 yards, 9.5 yards per carry.

Dobbs hopes Kyler Parker will be over the virus that kept him out last week. In his absence, Dylan Scruggs had a big game running and catching the ball. Missed opportunities cost the Raiders a chance to upset Forrest. The Raiders turned the ball over four times, and they can’t do that. Fayetteville forced four turnovers last week, a key to the win over Mt. Pleasant.

This is a crucial game in the region race for the playoffs. At 0-1 in the region after losing to Cornersville two weeks ago, a win would get the Raiders right back in the thick of things.

Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Doug Price Field/Raider Stadium. The game will air on Raider Country (Whiskey Country) 95.9 and 105.1, and on the Internet on Lynchburg Radio and will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network. Joe Abraham, Al Clark and Kelli Ray will do the broadcast duties.

The MCHS cheerleaders have designated the theme this week as Neon/Aliens Night.