UNIONVILLE, Tenn. — Turnovers and missed opportunities were costly for the Community Middle School Vikings as the Moore County Middle School football team defeated the Vikings 26-6 in a Duck River Valley Conference contest last Thursday night.
The Raiders came from behind to improve to 2-0 on the young season.
It was the host Vikings who got on the scoreboard first and that came on a 68-yard run by the Vikings’ C.J. Rivera with 4:40 left in the first half. The point after was no good and Community led 6-0.
Each team had a stalled drive before Rivera finally scored for Community.
Early in the game the Vikings moved the ball down to the Moore County 30-yard line after a fake punt. But the MCMS defense stood tall and Moore County took over on downs as the first quarter came to an end.
Moore County’s Tyler Smith then danced his way for 19 yards to the Community 31, but he coughed up the ball to end the Raiders’ first drive.
After the hosts went ahead 6-0, another Raiders’ drive fell short at the Vikings 10. But Rivera fumbled at the 5 and Moore County took over.
Smith returned the favor by turning Rivera’s fumble into a Raider touchdown as he drove in from the 5-yard line with 1:48 left on the clock. The point after try was no good and the teams were tied at the intermission, 6-6.
The Vikings were their own worst enemy in the second half, fumbling on their first three possessions.
The Raiders fell on a Community fumble at the Vikings’ 42 and with 4:04 showing it was Dylan Scruggs who rambled for 35 yards and a Moore County touchdown to make it 12-6.
The Vikings turned the ball over to Moore County again on their next drive as Gavin Crowder picked off a Community pass.
However, the Raiders were forced to punt and a good return brought the ball to the Community 48.
Another fumble gave the Raiders the ball and Scruggs scored on the next play, going 49 yards with 1:28 left in the third stanza.
Trailing 18-6 in the fourth quarter the Vikings were driving. With the help of an unsportsmanlike call against Moore County, the drive carried the Vikings down to the MCMS 19-yard line before stalling.
Moore County took advantage of the defensive stand and Scruggs scored his third touchdown on a 43-yard dash with 4:13 left. Stefano Ferrigno’s plunge for the two-point conversion made it 26-6.
Scruggs led the Raiders in rushing with 141 yards on seven carries. He had three touchdowns. Smith carried the ball 15 times for 99 yards and one touchdown. Ferrigno had three carries for 16 yards; Justin Scott carried it six times for 11 yards and Joshua Parks had one carry for three yards.
The Vikings ran for 161 yards and threw for 26 more.
The Raiders are off this week, while Community plays at Middle Tennessee Christian School. Moore County travels to Eagleville on Sept. 1 for a 6:30 p.m. game against the Eagles. The Raiders’ next home game is Sept. 13.