CHAPEL HILL, Tenn. — Moore County’s second football game of the season — and second under first-year head coach Jason Dobbs — hardly had a chance to get started before Mother Nature intervened at Forrest on Friday night.
In fact, the Raiders likely worked up a more substantial sweat warming up than they did competing against the Rockets (2-0), who were ranked No. 9 in Monday’s Associated Press Class 2A state poll.
Just 2 minutes, 39 seconds into Friday’s contest in Chapel Hill, players were sent to the locker rooms with the hosts leading 7-0.
More than two hours later, with lightning from nearby storms still in the area, Moore County Director of Schools Chad Moorehead pulled the plug on the game, which was not rescheduled and will not be completed beyond Friday’s short bit of action.
With a wide swath of rain and lightning heading toward Chapel Hill and lightning already sparking in the distance, the teams optimistically hit the field at the scheduled 7 p.m. game time.
Forrest took the opening kickoff and, starting at its own 31-yard line, ran just six plays — all for positive yards — before reaching the end zone. Slayton Wild got the bulk of the yardage — 33 yards on just two carries — and Jacob Jones added a 14-yard run as the Rockets easily moved the ball inside the 20.
From the 11-yard line, Wes McCoy didn’t waste his lone opportunity on the night. McCoy took a handoff, broke a tackle and dashed 11 yards for the game’s only score.
Moore County’s offense never got a chance to get on the field. As soon as Forrest booted the PAT, another streak of lightning forced officials to put the game on hold. That was 7:05 p.m., with 9:21 in the first quarter showing on the scoreboard clock.
Fans were offered a brief reprieve when the rains moved on and players were allowed to momentarily return to the field. It was short lived, however. The teams were on the field less than 15 minutes before more lightning forced them back to the locker rooms.
Some two hours later, the decision was made to scrap the contest.
Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) rules state that the area must be lightning free for a period of 30 minutes before returning to the playing field. Each time there’s a lightning strike, the clock resets.
Moore County’s game was just one of many disrupted by Mother Nature. Lincoln County, which was hosting Lawrence County, didn’t kick off until 9 p.m. Meanwhile Shelbyville and Giles County, which were scheduled to play in Shelbyville, postponed their game until Saturday.
Several teams were effected, including both Eagleville and Columbia Academy, which is this week’s opponent for MCHS.
Clarksville Academy held a 7-0 lead over Eagleville at the start of the second quarter when that game was suspended. Columbia Academy was trailing Franklin Road Academy 9-3 just 14 seconds before halftime when that contest was suspended.
In an email from the TSSAA on Monday, both of those games were considered “Unfinished Games, No Contest by Mutual Agreement.”
In a contest that was considered unfinished, but decided, state powerhouse Ensworth topped Alabama’s Madison Academy 20-16.
Moore County (0-2) now turns its focus to state power Columbia Academy (0-0), which is ranked tied at No. 8 in the most recent Class 1A AP poll. The Raiders face the Bulldogs in the Region 4-A opener in Columbia Friday, with kickoff set for 7 p.m.
—Notes: This week’s game is the second of three straight road games for Moore County. … After two non-conference games to open the season, every game the rest of the way is a Region 4-A game. … The Raiders next home game is Sept. 16 against Grace Christian-Franklin. That is also Homecoming night. … Another region foe, Fayetteville City, was ranked this week. The Tigers (2-0) slipped in at No. 10 in the Associated Press poll. Fayetteville knocked off Franklin Road Academy 21-3 in Week 1 and topped Huntland 51-31 last week. … Three region teams had their games bumped to Saturday due to last week’s weather: Grace Christian-Franklin fell to McEwen 34-33; Summertown pummeled Zion Christian 44-14; and Mt. Pleasant dropped a 38-34 decision to Perry County
–By ROBERT HOLMAN, Publisher (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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