A week after playing a great all-around game in their season-opener at Westwood, the Moore County Middle School Raiders football team took a step in the wrong direction against a solid Cascade Middle team.
Moore County lost 28-6 to Cascade last Thursday, falling to 0-2 on the season. The Raiders’ great effort in Manchester on Aug. 7 failed to carry over to the first half of their second game. It took the Raiders two quarters to finally get going. Visiting Cascade built a 22-6 halftime lead.
The game stayed that way until late in the fourth quarter when the Champions scored on a reverse after the reserves entered the contest.
“We just got to a point where we didn’t play good fundamentals,” said head coach Mike Walker. “That and with some of the kids having some cramps just kind of took its toll. We just didn’t play as good as we are capable of playing. It was a better second-half effort. They never gave up. It was one of those things where they finally got tired of getting their feelings hurt and they stepped up a little bit.”
Moore County’s lone touchdown came when Ethan Sweeton picked off an errant Cascade pass and returned it 40 yards for a score in the first quarter.
The Raiders’ defense, meanwhile, had trouble containing Cascade’s passing attack.
“They made a couple of big plays,” added Walker. “They had a receiver that was about 6-foot-4. He’s a player. They were able to throw it up and he could just go get it. That’s easier when the man guarding you is 6 inches shorter.”
This week Moore County travels to Eagleville for a 6:30 p.m. contest on Thursday.
The Raiders faces the Eagles in a preseason jamboree, so it won’t be a completely unfamiliar opponent.
“They broke a couple of big plays on us, but they never consistently moved the ball on us,” said Walker. “Offensively, we have to get back to fundamentals. Eagleville doesn’t really do anything fancy, but what they do, they do pretty well.”