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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