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Late Eagles’ touchdown stuns Moore County

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 3:12 pm

Moore County quarterback Matthew Schuller (No. 9) looks over the offensive line early in Friday’s game against Summertown. The Raiders lost 26-24. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

Moore County quarterback Matthew Schuller (No. 9) looks over the offensive line early in Friday’s game against Summertown. The Raiders lost 26-24. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

SUMMERTOWN, Tenn.  — Summertown’s Dylan Powell had three catches in Friday’s football game against visiting Moore County, but none more important — or improbable — than the last one.

Powell, who managed to be in the right place at just the right time, was the beneficiary of a tipped Riley Chapman pass, giving the hosts the game-tying touchdown with just 2.5 seconds remaining. The Eagles then converted a two-point conversion using their own version of the swinging gate formation.

With the offensive line shifted wide left, Chase Mote took a direct snap and tossed it to a wide open Powell to give Summertown a 26-24 lead.

Moore County, which had dominated the contest in both time of possession and yards gained on offense, made a last-ditch effort to reclaim the lead, but the Eagles snuffed out a run by MCHS quarterback Matthew Schuller to preserve the victory.

The loss leaves Moore County (1-5 overall, 1-3 Region 4-A) mired deep in the back of the pack in the region standings and a long shot to make the postseason. With Fayetteville City (4-2, 3-1) next on the calendar, the road hardly gets any easier.

The Raiders had their chances to put Summertown (5-1, 3-1) away but couldn’t quite shut the door. Moore County had a 10-play drive stall at the Summertown 5-yard line late in the first half. A touchdown there could have put the Raiders ahead 24-12 at halftime. Instead, Moore County went into intermission nursing a 17-12 lead.

For a complete report on the Raiders’ loss at Summertown, see the Sept. 29 print edition of The Moore County News. To subscribe, click here.

—By Robert Holman, MCN Publisher (mcnpub@lcs.net)

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