LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — The Moore County Middle School football season opened with a bang Thursday in Lynchburg with a 46-0 shellacking of Liberty. The score could have been even more one-sided if not for two Raider touchdowns being called back for penalties.
Just two plays into the game Gavin Crowder picked off a Patriot pass and took it back 24 yards for an apparent score.
The Raiders turned it back over two plays later and this time the Liberty quarterback was picked off by Dylan Scruggs who took it to the house for the first Moore County score with 3:02 left in the first quarter.
Tyler Smith’s run made it 8-0.
Another Liberty fumble gave the ball to the Raiders in the second quarter and Brayden Cashion plunged in from the 2-yard line with 4:08 left in the half. The extra point try failed and it was 14-0.
Smith took advantage of another turnover and plunged in from the 5-yard line and then ran in the extra point to make it 22-0.
Then Scruggs scored with just 10 ticks left in the half and the Raiders led 30-0 at the half.
Scruggs opened the second half with a 70-yard return for another Raider score and Smith’s run made it 38-0.
Scruggs scored a final time on a 10-yard run with just over three minutes left in the third quarter. Cody Trussell scored the conversion to secure the win at 46-0.
The Raiders defense stood tall in the game, giving up less than 30 yards on ground to the Patriots and none through the air. The defensive line and linebackers made themselves at home in the Liberty backfield and several big hits were delivered by Raiders defenders.
One especially good tackle was made on a kickoff by Trussell who forced a fumble on the play.
Of the three passes attempted by Liberty, two were picked off and the other was dropped thanks to tight coverage.
The Raider offense picked up 200 yards on the ground with Smith leading the rushing with five carries for 62 yards and two touchdowns. Scruggs had 61 yards and two scores while Justin Scott had 23 yards.
Stefano Ferrigno carried three times for 18 yards and Trussell had three carries for 16 yards.
Cashion had one carry for two yards and a score, while Joshua Parks carried once for 28 yards, Tanner Parks two carries for three yards and Gus Burtts had two.
The Middle School Raiders travel to Unionville this Thursday night for a 6:30 p.m. clash with Community and have a week off before traveling to Eagleville on Sept. 1.
—By PHIL GATTO, Correspondent
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