For the second straight game, the Moore County Middle School football team needed a late score to pick up a win. The Raiders got exactly what they needed when Coy Cashion scored a 1-yard touchdown with 1:15 remaining in the contest to lift MCMS to a 22-16 victory over visiting Cascade last Thursday night.
The win helps the Raiders stay unbeaten, while improving to 2-0 on the young season. Moore County travels to Community on Thursday, Aug. 22 and will have an off week on Aug. 29.
Thursday’s game was tied 8-8 at the half. Following a third quarter highlighted by defense, both teams finally found life on offense in the fourth quarter.
Cashion put the Raiders ahead again when he scored from 24 yards out at the 7:28 mark of the final quarter. Cashion added the two-point conversion himself and the Raiders led 16-8.
The Champions answered 3 minutes later. A long run by Isidro Garcia set up the Champions at the Moore County 26-yard line. The Raiders defense stiffened, however, and held Cascade to just 2 yards over the next three plays.
But on fourth-and-8, Cascade quarterback Lucas Ragsdale found a wide-open receiver along the right sideline for a 24-yard touchdown pass. Garcia pushed the ball across for the conversion and the game was tied again, this time at 16-16.
Moore County took over at the 49-yard line with 4:42 remaining.
An 11-yard run by Cashion and a 15-yard pass from Cashion to Tristan Krause — which was tipped by the Cascade defense into the waiting arms of Krause — helped Moore County move to the Cascade 15-yard line. Cashion finished off the drive with a 6-yard run, an 8-yard run and the 1-yard touchdown. The conversion failed, leaving Moore County ahead 22-16.
Cascade had 1:09 left to tie the game, but the Raiders defense was up to the task. Moore County took over following a Cascade fumble and the Raiders ran out the clock.
Julius Dixon scored Moore County’s first touchdown on the game’s opening drive. The two-point conversion put the Raiders ahead 8-0. It stayed that way through the end of the first quarter.
In the first quarter, Moore County took away a Cascade scoring opportunity when Nate Love picked off a Champions’ pass at the 8-yard line. Love’s 25-yard return was negated by a Moore County penalty, but the Raiders had the ball anyway, kept Cascade out of the end zone and took over at the 18-yard line.
The Raiders ran six plays before punting the ball away.
After a 19-yard punt return, Cascade took over at the MCMS 34 with 4:30 left in the half. The Champions found pay dirt as Garcia slipped through the right side of the Moore County defense for a 24-yard touchdown with 1:45 remaining in the second quarter. The conversion tied the game at 8-all.
Moore County was driving late in the half when a fumble gave the ball back to the Champs. The visitors completed a 40-yard pass as time expired in the half.