WARTRACE, Tenn. — Moore County Middle School’s Raiders got back on the winning track at Cascade last Thursday, dampening the Champions’ homecoming game with a 28-6 victory.
The Raiders are now 5-1 with two games remaining in the regular season.
Cascade began the game at its 30-yard line and appeared to be stopped, but a fake punt and pass moved the ball down to the Raiders’ 35. The threat was stopped on an interception by Stefano Ferrigno, who returned it to the Champions’ 42.
Lightning struck quickly as Dylan Scruggs ran the distance on the ensuing play to put Moore County up by six. Tyler Smith ran in the extra point conversion and the Raiders were up 8-0 with 1:43 left in the first quarter.
The Champions turned the ball over once again on a fumble at the Cascade 29.
The Raiders appeared to be on their way to another touchdown on a 19-yard run by Scruggs, but turned the ball over on downs after four tries from the two.
However, a swarming defense corralled the Cascade quarterback in his own end zone and Moore County got two more points on the safety and got the ball back, leading 10-0 with 7:13 remaining in the half.
Brayden Cashion’s kickoff return to the Cascade 31 gave Moore County good field position. After losing yardage on a penalty, the Raiders got on the scoreboard once again as Scruggs scampered 39 yards for another TD.
The extra point try was no good and Moore County led 16-0 with 5:49 left.
Cascade got the ball in good position at its 46, but a long pass was picked off by Scruggs in his own end zone and returned to the Champions’ 18 with 24 seconds left.
He finished up his heroics with an 18-yard touchdown run with only eight ticks left on the clock.
The extra point try failed and the Raiders took a 22-0 lead into half time.
Another Moore County drive in the third quarter was stifled on a fumble at the Cascade 16. The Champions began a steady drive that moved to the Raiders 1-yard line where Elijah Arnold dove in with 1:22 left in the third quarter. The point after was no good and the score was 22-6.
Cascade’s onside kick attempt failed and the Raiders took over at midfield. However, most of the fourth quarter was spent by both teams struggling to get first down yardage.
Cascade finally got a drive started at its own 10 and then drove down to the Raider 14.
But a Cascade fumble was picked up by Clayton Ferrigno who raced 86 yards for the score. Smith was stopped short of the goal line on the conversion try, but nevertheless, the Raiders celebrated their fifth win of the season with only four seconds remaining.
Scruggs led the Raiders ground game with 138 yards on 11 carries and three touchdowns. Smith had 64 yards on 17 carries; Justin Scott had three yards on two carries; Joshua Parks had 12 yards on five tries and Cashion had one yard.
Moore County had 215 yards in total offense in the game while Cascade rushed for 113 yards and passed for 68 yards on 15 passes and one interception.
The Raiders will host Middle Tennessee Christian School this Thursday, with kickoff set for 6:30 p.m.
—By Phil Gatto, MCN Correspondent
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