On a cool, fall Friday night game in Richland, the MCHS Raiders football team moved one game closer to the playoffs and potentially hosting a first round game by thrashing the Richland Raiders Friday night 49-6. From the very first drive, the MCHS Raiders showed they were the stronger team as they took the opening kickoff and sharply scored on four plays. On the first down from their own 34, Dylan Knight ran over and carried defenders for 29 yards. Nate Love followed with a 21-yard run around the end. Coy Cashion completed the drive carrying the ball twice for 14 yards and scoring from 6 yards. Richland answered the MCHS drive with a 6-minute drive of their own with running backs Dustin Grenko and Gus McGowen methodically picking up 4 to 7 yards per carry. The Richland drive consumed almost the entire first quarter which finished with MCHS having a slim 7-6 lead. Moore County’s second possession began on the MCHS 42 and didn’t end until Nate Love scored on a sweep to the right side. Love scored easily as the offensive line cleared a path that allowed him to run into the end zone untouched by a single Richland defender. After a short MCHS kickoff, Richland took possession on their own 42 and picked up a couple first downs before Ethan Sweeton broke up a 4th down screen pass that ended the drive on the MCHS 32. After the turnover on downs, Matthew Schuller completed a screen pass to Cashion who raced in for a 68-yard touchdown. However, the play was called back due to a holding penalty. Two plays later Cashion took the handoff on the MCHS 41 and raced 59 yards for his second touchdown. After another short MCHS kickoff, Richland took possession on their own 48. The MCHS Raider defense held Richland to a three and out with Mason Pierce and Dylan Vassar getting solo tackles. Richland downed the punt on the MCHS 6 with 2:32 left in the half. On first down, Schuller hit Nate Love for a 96-yard TD pass but the play was called back on another penalty. Unfazed by the penalty, MCHS drove down the field to the Richland 28 where Schuller hit Cashion in the end-zone for a 28-yard touchdown pass. At halftime, Moore County led Richland 28-6. Richland received the second half kickoff and returned the ball to the MCHS 25. On third and goal from the MCHS 13, Dylan Knight intercepted a pass over the middle and outran the Richland backÞ eld for a 97-yard pick 6. Richland’s next possession ended in a fumble on the MCHS 35. After the turnover, the MCHS offense once again marched down the field with Love running for 18 yards followed by a 5-yard screen pass to Tristen Whitaker. On second down and five, Schuller faked the handoff up the middle and hit a wideopen Cashion for a 42-yard touchdown. With the lead of more than 35 points, the 4th quarter was played with a running clock. The Raiders scored one more touchdown when Schuller hit Hunter Brown on a slant over the middle from the Richland 20 providing the final score of 49-6. MCHS had 419 yards in total offense (308 yards rushing and 111 yards passing). Coy Cashion had a huge night rushing for 126 yards on 9 carries and catching 3 passes for 86 yards. Cashion also scored two touchdowns rushing and caught two touchdown passes. With the 126 yards, Cashion eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing for the year. Schuller had his best game passing going 5-8 for 111 yards. Love rushed for 69 yards on 6 carries and a touchdown. Knight rushed for 67 on 5 carries and scored on an interception return. Whitaker had one catch for 5 yards and Brown had one catch for 20 and a touchdown. After giving up an opening drive touchdown, MCHS defense held Richland to 181 yards in total offense and forced three turnovers. The win gives the Raiders a 7-2 record and keeps them in second place in the district, one game ahead of Fayetteville City. The Raiders last game of the year is Friday 10/27 at Mount Pleasant. Mount Pleasant will be determined to get a victory as their playoff chances dimmed after being upset by Grace Christian.