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Playoff win just out of reach for Moore County

Posted on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Moore County quarterback Dillon Davis (right) tries to turn the corner on South Pittsburg defender Anthony Sellars (No. 2). (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

Moore County quarterback Dillon Davis (right) tries to turn the corner on South Pittsburg defender Anthony Sellars (No. 2). (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

SOUTH PITTSBURG — South Pittsburg, the state’s top-ranked team, turned back Moore County 40-21 in the second round of the TSSAA Class A playoffs Friday night. The final score wasn’t nearly as indicative of how close the contest was, however.

After overcoming a quick start by the Pirates, Moore County settled in and made a game of it.

The contest turned into an old-fashioned smash-mouth affair, with the Raiders controlling the tempo in the second half.

In the second half, Moore County’s Jake McGee recovered a Kahlil Mitchell fumble and Dillon Davis intercepted a Kitt Grider pass to give the Raiders hope.

But after spotting South Pittsburg a 21-0 lead, the deficit was simply too much to overcome.

Moore County, which trailed 33-14 at halftime, cut the lead to 33-21 when Davis hit a streaking Spencer Reese over the middle for a 7-yard score with 5:53 remaining.

MCHS also had a 3-yard Davis touchdown run wiped away due to an illegal formation penalty.

The Pirates eventually tacked on a meaningless score with 1:20 left to play for the final tally.

MCHS got a pair of touchdown from senior Matt Taggett in the first half — an 82-yard kickoff return and a 24-yard TD pass from Davis as time expired in the half.

For an in-depth look at Friday’s game, including Moore County’s second-half stand and a wrap-up of the season, see the Nov. 21 print edition of The Moore County News.

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