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Middle school Raiders top Eagleville

Posted on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 10:13 am

misc - Raiders Man-Flag NEWEAGLEVILLE — The Moore County Middle School Raiders improved their 2016 football record with a 22-0 win over Eagleville Thursday. The shutout boosted the Raiders to 3-0 on the season.

After winning the coin toss the Raiders kicked to the Eagles who quickly returned it to the Moore County 33. Eagleville appeared to be on its way to a score as it moved inside the Moore County 10-yard line, but a penalty aided a stiffening defense and the Raiders took over on downs at the Raiders’ 19.

Moore County moved in big chunks of yardage as Tyler Smith and Dylan Scruggs led the offense down to the Eagleville 10 where Scruggs ran it in with 1:35 remaining in the first quarter. Smith ran in the conversion to make it 8-0.

Moore County’s defense then forced a punt deep in Eagleville territory but the punt rolled to the Raider 21. Scruggs fumbled the ball at the 29, but the Raiders defense took over on downs at their 25.

Scruggs then made up for his fumble with a 70-yard touchdown run and Moore County led 14-0 with 4:35 left in the half.

The third quarter featured a defensive battle by both teams.

The Eagles appeared to be driving easily when Stefano Ferrigno stepped in front of a receiver for an interception, which he returned to the Eagles’ 19.

Scruggs scored his third touchdown of the night on a 7-yard run; Justin Scott’s two-point conversion run made it 22-0 with 6:24 left in the game.

The Raiders’ offense had 243 yards in the game, all of it on the ground.

Scruggs led the Raiders’ rushing game with 148 yards on 10 carries. Smith carried the ball eight times for 37 yards; Scott had 26 yards on five touches; Brayden Cashion ran the ball three times for nine yards; Ferrigno had 13 yards on three carries and Joshua Parks had one run for 10 yards.

Eagleville gained just 67 yards on the ground on 26 attempts and 36 yards through the air on 13 passes and an interception.