FAYETTEVILLE – The Moore County Middle School Raiders closed an excellent 2019 football campaign with a 36-0 win over Unity in the Elk River Conference Bowl Game on Saturday at Lincoln County High School.
It was the second win over Unity in as many games – the Raiders winning 35-7 on Sept. 26 – and Moore County (7-1) posted its fifth shutout of the season.
The only blemish on the season was a 28-26 heartbreaking loss at Cornersville. But the Raiders recovered to finish second in the Frontier Division and easily beat Unity, the second-place finisher in the Central Division, both times.
“I am very proud of this team and what they have accomplished,” said MCHS head coach Josh Wilson. “There is a lot of talent in this group of guys, and if they can stay together and keep working like they did this year, I think there could be a lot of exciting things come from this group in the future.”
Saturday, the Raiders defense was dominant. It gave up only 20 yards, forced four turnovers and scored a safety on a sack.
Keller Morey picked off a pass and Bryson Carter recorded the sack.
The Raiders opened up the scoring when quarterback Brett Dobbs hooked up with Alex Copeland for a 17-yard touchdown pass. The run for two points failed, leaving MCMS up 6-0.
On their next drive, the Raiders’ Logan Hegwood broke loss e for 42 yards and a TD. The two-point try failed, leaving it at 12-0.
Hegwood ended the Raiders’ third drive with a 6 yard run and added the two-point conversion for a 20-0 lead.
A fumble ended MCMS’ next drive on the Unity 5, but the Raiders scored again when Hegwood cruised for a 38-yard TD run and again added the two-point conversion for a 28-0 lead.
Keller Morey added the final offensive score when he went 25 yards for a touchdown, leaving it at 34-0 until Carter sacked the quarterback for the safety.
On offense, Hegwood rushed for 142 yards on 11 carries and scored three touchdowns. Quarterback Dobbs rushed for 68 yards on six carries and was 4-of-6 passing for 16 yards and a touchdown.
Morey added 35 yards and a score on four carries, Will Parker rushed for 17 yards on three carries and Copeland caught the 17-yard pass for a TD and carried once for 3 yards.
Several Raiders came away with individual honors. Dobbs, only a seventh-grader, was named the conference’s Most Valuable Player while earning all-conference honors. Landon Jolley was selected as the conference Defensive Player of the Year and made all-conference.
Also making all-conference were Copeland, Morey, Hegwood, Wes Clifton and Aydan Blair.