LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — The Moore County Middle School Raiders wound up the 2015 football season on a winless note, losing to Community 38-16 in Lynchburg on Thursday.
The Raiders struck early in the game, taking advantage of an opening on-sides kick recovery that took the visiting Vikings by surprise.
Moore County took advantage of that surprise and began a steady drive down the field that was highlighted by a long run by running back Gage Parks, who carried the ball down to the Community 4-yard line.
With 6:34 left in the first quarter Parks bulled his way into the end zone. The two-point conversion put Moore County up 8-0.
After taking the ball on a squib kick by Moore County the boys from Unionville appeared to be stopped but a good run took the ball to the Raiders 5.
The Vikings scored on a 5-yard run with 3:27 remaining in the first stanza.
The Raiders held on the conversion attempt and maintained the lead 8-6.
The Raiders then went three and out and punted to the Community 20.
After driving near the Viking 40, Community opened the second quarter with a 60-yard run and then a two-point conversion. With 7:49 left in the first half, Community led 14-8.
After being forced to punt, lightning struck during the rainy night once again as Community scored on a 55-yard run with 4:11 left, and the two-pointer put the Vikings up 22-8.
Moore County ignored being down by two scores and Parks exploded for a 35-yard run that put the Raiders back into the ballgame with 58 ticks on the clock.
However, rather than nursing a six-point lead going into halftime, the Vikings came roaring back and scored on the last play of the half on a 27-yard run and led 30-16 at the intermission.
A turnover gave the Vikings the ball to begin the second half and they took advantage of the excellent field position.
Using up much of the third quarter clock, Community drove down to the Raiders 3 to score with 3:29 left.
Moore County had a chance to get back on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter, driving to a first and goal on the Community 1 yard-line thanks in part to an off-sides call.
However, they turned the ball over on downs with 4:20 left in the game and the Vikings controlled the clock and the ball to finish the game.
—By PHIL GATTO, MCN Contributor
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