CORNERSVILLE, Tenn. — Moore County High School has to wait another week to get a chance to post its first win of the 2016 football season.
The Raiders came away from Cornersville last Friday after suffering a 39-14 loss to the Bulldogs in a Region 4-1A game.
Moore County (0-4 overall, 0-2 Region 4-1A) took the opening kickoff to its 30 and then began a good drive with plays of seven or more yards at a time until they reached the Cornersville 26-yard line.
From there, junior quarterback Matthew Schuller rolled out and connected with Coy Cashion for six points with 8:04 left in the first quarter. Cashion’s extra point kick put the Raiders up 7-0.
Cornersville took the ball at its 33 and drove into Moore County territory, but senior defensive back Austin Waters picked off a pass and returned it to the Bulldogs’ 30.
However the Raiders could only move the ball to the 22 and the Bulldogs took over on downs at that point. The Raiders’ defense held and the Bulldogs punted to the Moore County 17.
But sophomore Dylan Vassar coughed it up and Cornersville was back in business with good field position. Cornersville’s Cameron Whitaker tied the game with an 11-yard touchdown run with 9:48 remaining in the half.
Whitaker added to his heroics on the next Moore County possession when he picked off a Schuller pass at the Moore County 43 and carried it into the end zone, stretching the hosts’ lead.
Unable to move the ball, the Raiders were forced to punt on their next possession.
Taking over at their own 36, Cornersville moved the ball into MCHS territory, where Whitaker got his third score of the game on a 3-yard run with 21 seconds remaining in the half. The PAT was blocked by senior linebacker Isaac Holt and Moore County trailed 20-7 at the half.
The Bulldogs began to stretch their lead in the third quarter. Will Vanhooser plunged in from the Raiders’ 3 and with 6:45 left in the third quarter, the Bulldogs enjoyed a 26-7 lead.
The Raiders couldn’t move the ball and were forced to punt once again. Cornersville took over and moved the ball 67 yards. Eli Woodard capped a 10-play drive with a touchdown at the 11:27 mark of the fourth quarter, putting the Bulldogs ahead 32-7 after Holt got his second blocked PAT.
After Moore County’s offense failed to move again, Woodard got his second score of the game on a 63-yard run with 8:39 remaining in the contest.
Trailing 39-7, the Raiders drove from their 35 into the Cornersville redzone, with Schuller connecting with Waters on slant passes and then sophomore Tristian Whitaker who snagged a tipped ball at the Bulldogs’ 3.
Schuller hit Ryan Huskey on the next play for the touchdown and Cashion’s kick made it 32-14, completing the scoring with 5:28 left in the game.
—Notes: Cornersville had 385 total yards, with all but three of it gained on the ground. Moore County had a total of 285 of offense, with 144 of that coming through the air. … Holt led the Raiders’ rushing with 61 yards on 14 carries; Schuller had 43 yards on eight attempts; Cashion had four carries for 17 yards; Vassar had 18 yards on five attempts and Nate Love had two yards on one carry. Schuller threw 16 passes with nine completions and two interceptions for 144 yards and two touchdowns. Cashion caught three passes for 50 yards and a touchdown; Love had two catches for 34 yards; Waters had two catches for 31 yards; Whitaker had one catch for 28 yards; Huskey had one catch for three yards and a score. … Moore County will return to the friendly confines of Raider Stadium when they will host Grace Christian Academy-Franklin in the annual homecoming game this Friday night. Kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. … Because school is out on Friday, a homecoming parade is planned for Thursday afternoon. … The annual Powderpuff game was contested in Monday night, with Austin Waters crowned homecoming king in a ceremony prior to the game. The queen will be announced on Friday with seniors Mika Rainey, Hannah Woods and Jennie Lingle vying for the honor of 2016 Homecoming Queen.
—By PHIL GATTO, MCN Contributor
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