By David Knox
The Moore County Middle School football team took its lumps last year but if the season-opener against Huntland Middle School is any indication, the Raiders will be the ones delivering the blows this year.
MCMS blasted the visitors 40-0, dominating in every phase of the game last Thursday. The Raiders scored on all but one possession and the Hornets never sniffed the red zone.
MCMS plays at home on Thursday, facing South Giles at 6 p.m., in an attempt to move to 2-0.
The Raiders received the kickoff and the ball was touched by a Huntland player at his own 46. It took five plays for Moore County to get into the end zone. Quarterback Brett Dobbs, in his first MCMS game, found Alex Copeland wide open down the left sideline for a 30-yard touchdown. The try for two failed.
The Raiders held HMS on downs and took over at their 45. Logan Hegwood cashed in the excellent field position with a 46-yard run through the right side. The try failed, leaving MCMS up 12-0 with 1:46 left in the opening quarter.
On Huntland’s next possession, the Hornets were stymied again, and on fourth down the punter dropped the snap giving MCMS the ball at the Hornets 24. It took one play – a 24-yard run by Hegwood – to push the score to 18-0 with 5:22 left in the half.
Huntland’s next drive ended with an interception by Keller Morey on fourth down with 12 seconds left. The Raiders didn’t score this time – although Dobbs and Copeland just missed on the deep ball that likely would have been a score. Nonetheless, the Raiders took an 18-0 lead into the locker room.
The second half was more of the same. Huntland was forced to punt on the opening drive of the half and the Raiders stuck it in the end zone again. A nice run by Dobbs down to the Hornets 14 set up a 10-yard TD pass from the quarterback to Morey. Hegwood converted the two-point try this time for a 26-0 lead with 3:12 left in the third quarter.
Huntland was held again on downs and again muffed the snap on fourth down and the Raiders took over at the Hornets 9. It took just one play from there, Morey sprinting in for the score. Hegwood again rushed for the two-point conversion, making the score 34-0 with 1:05 in the third period.
The final score was set up when Peyton Hill recovered a fumble at the Raiders’ 38. Two plays later, Dobbs broke free for a 47-yard run with 4:16 to go.