LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — The 2015 edition of Moore County Middle School Raider football began with a 14-0 loss to visiting Westwood Thursday in Lynchburg.
The Raiders, a young team with several first year seventh grade players, got into trouble early, after kicking off to Westwood. Westwood drove from its own 41 to the Moore County 26, despite a flurry of penalties — primarily from false starts and motion calls.
With 4:45 remaining in the first quarter Westwood’s Shane Anderson broke around right end and went 26 yards for his first touchdown of the night.
The two-point conversion attempt was stopped by the Raiders’ line and Westwood trotted to the sidelines with a 6-0 lead.
Moore County’s Dylan Scruggs took the Westwood kickoff at the Raider 35.
Despite a couple of Westwood penalties for face mask and off sides, the Raiders offense could not get untracked and a third down pass by quarterback Brayden Cashion was picked off at the Moore County 43.
Westwood moved quickly to the Raiders’ 34 and then Anderson once again raced untouched around right end to get his second touchdown of the game on the final play of the first stanza.
The two-point conversion was good and the Raiders trailed 14-0.
Moore County took the ensuing kick at its 42, with Brandon Brown receiving the kick.
The Raiders managed to move the ball on a good run by Tyler Smith but then turned the ball over on downs at the Westwood 38.
The Moore County defense stood tall on Westwood’s next possession and the quarter ended with the Raiders forcing a punt to the Moore County 14.
After getting good field position at their own 48 on the opening kickoff in the second half, the Raiders could only manage a three and out and then stopped a good runback on the punt at the Westwood 45.
This time it was Westwood’s time to fail to move the ball as the Moore County defense pummeled Anderson’s tries around the right.
Cashion returned the punt to the Raiders 48, but once again the offense sputtered and could not move the ball.
Early in the fourth quarter Moore County tried to drive into Westwood territory but failed on fourth down and 4 and Westwood took over to put together a long drive that ran out the clock.
Gage Parks carried the ball six times for 29 yards; Smith picked up 20 yards in nine attempts, while Cashion had 9 yards on five carries.
Moore County will travel to Cascade this week for a game with the Champions. Thursday’s kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m.
—By PHIL GATTO, MCN Contributor
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