The Moore County Middle School Raiders fell to the Middle Tennessee Christian School (MTCS) Cougars 20-14 last Thursday at Raider Stadium in their season opener.
The Raiders were down 20-6 with just seconds remaining in the game when Austin Holdmeyer cut to the outside and down the left sideline to score with one second remaining on the clock. The two-point conversion succeeded – cutting the margin to just six points.
The Cougars got on the board first with a first and goal touchdown at the end of the first quarter. MTCS’s Joseph Speck juked and jived his way past the Raider defenders and to the one-yard line to set up the score. The Raiders held on the extra point try to trail 6-0.
The Raiders and the Cougars swamped down before MCMS quarterback Holdmeyer called his own number and ran for the endzone. His score tied the game 6-6. The Raiders extra point try failed.
With less than a minute left in the second quarter, MTCS fumbled the ball – setting up MCMS for another quick scoring drive before the end of the half. Holdmeyer got off to a good start – earning six quick yards before the Raiders were flagged for an ineligible receiver on a second and fourth play. The Raiders lost a down and couldn’t convert on fourth and nine – turning over the ball on downs at the 36-yard line.
On the kick off return, a Cougar hit the left sideline with his eye on the end zone but he didn’t see Coy Cashion coming up on his right. Cashion tackled him around the knees – saving what would have been a scoring possession. Moments later Corbin Noblitt got another big stop but not before MTCS had earned another set of downs. With less than a minute to play in the first half, the Cougars scored and converted the extra point to go into the locker room with a 14-6 lead.
The Raiders led the third quarter with a good running effort. Holdmeyer, Matthew Schuller and Ethan Holt pieced together a first down before back-to-back penalties forced them to punt.
They helped on the ensuing MTCS possession to end the third quarter trailing 14-6.
The Raiders lost the ball on their first set of fourth quarter downs due to a combined incomplete pass and false start penalty.
On the Cougar possession, MTCS quarterback Peck called his own number and gained speed down the right sideline before being stubbornly brought down by a herd of Raiders. Defensively, Nate Love and Dustin Bell worked to save the touchdown by pushing the Cougar out of bounds near the goal line.
Despite their efforts, MTCS scored moments later to take a 20-6 lead. Holdmeyer’s last second score made the final 20-14.
The MCMS Raiders take on Cascade this Thursday in Bedford County. Their next home game is Aug. 23 against Community. Kick off is at 6:30 p.m.