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Middle school Raiders down Rockets

Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 1:05 pm

Moore County Middle School 8th-grader Tyler Smith ran for 88 yards and had a pair of touchdowns in the Raiders’ 22-8 win over Westwood last week. (Photo by Jeff Reed)

Moore County Middle School 8th-grader Tyler Smith ran for 88 yards and had a pair of touchdowns in the Raiders’ 22-8 win over Westwood last week. (Photo by Jeff Reed)

MANCHESTER, Tenn. — The Moore County Middle School Raiders improved their 2016 season to 4-0 with a 22-8 win over Westwood in Manchester on Thursday.

The Raiders never touched the ball during the entire first quarter of the game.

Despite driving inside the Moore County 5-yard line early in the game, Westwood used all of the first quarter and almost two full minutes of the second quarter before Renaldo Ramirez bulled over from the 1 to put the Rockets up 8-0 with 6:02 left in the half.

Moore County’s offense took the ball on the ensuing kickoff at its 32, and then unleashed a quick-strike drive that required less than four minutes to pay dirt as Tyler Smith dashed 29 yards for the score with 2:16 remaining.

Justin Scott ran for the two-point conversion and the score was knotted at eight apiece.

On the first play of its next possession, Westwood fumbled and the Raiders got it at the Westwood 42.

Moore County drove down to the Rockets 1-yard line, but Westwood held at that point with just 10 seconds left in the half.

Neither team moved the ball successfully in the third quarter, though Westwood recovered a Dylan Scruggs fumble at the Westwood 40.

After the Raiders took over on downs, Scruggs made up for his fumble on a reverse that caught the Rocket defense flat-footed and Scruggs raced 44 yards for the score. The extra point was no good and the Raiders led 14-8 with 4:53 left in the game.

Westwood began its next drive at its own 25-yard line and only gained one yard as the Raiders took over at the 26.

Smith went the distance on the next play for his second touchdown of the night with 2:02 left in the contest; Joshua Parks ran the extra point to cap the scoring for the game.

Westwood totaled 82 yards on the ground and six through the air. Moore County had 214 yards of offense, all on the ground.

Scruggs had 95 yards on seven carries and one touchdown; Smith had 11 carries for 88 yards and two TDs; Scott had 26 yards on six carries and Parks had two carries for five yards.

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