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Raiders improve to 2-0 with win over Cornersville

Posted on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 11:16 am

Moore County quarterback Spencer Reese had 71 total yards (40 rushing, 31 passing) and accounted for three TDs in the Raiders' win over Cornersville. (MCN File Photoo)

Moore County quarterback Spencer Reese had 71 total yards (40 rushing, 31 passing) and accounted for three TDs in the Raiders’ win over Cornersville. (MCN File Photoo)

CORNERSVILLE — Moore County’s offense repeatedly took advantage of a short field and its defense managed to contain Cornersville running back Chance Dyer just enough Friday night to claim a 37-20 victory.

At Cornersville High School, Dyer ran through the Moore County defense for 214 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but the Bulldogs had little other offense to offer, short of quarterback Jamie Crowell’s 113 yards passing, which was scattered inconsistently around the field. The Raiders meanwhile were able to answer with its three-pronged attack of Spencer Reese, Austin Henshaw and Mason Henshaw.

Reese had just 40 yards rushing and only 31 yards passing, but he accounted for three touchdowns. Austin Henshaw and Mason Henshaw added one touchdown each, Cole Price made all three of his PATs and the Raiders defense put a late safety on the board for the final tally.

“Cornersville is a good football team and we gave up some big plays,” said Moore County head coach Jeremy Austin. “I thought our offensive line did a good job and our guys did a good job of bouncing back (when they scored).

“I think their guys got a little tired in the second half too,” added Austin, who for the second game in a row credited Moore County’s conditioning with their ability to keep the lead in the second half.

*** Notes: Despite fumbling three times — all on errant snaps — MCHS managed to win the turnover battle for the second straight game. The Bulldogs had one turnover to zero for the Raiders. … Moore County had 224 yards; Cornersville netted 286 yards. … Austin Henshaw led the Raiders with 76 yards on 10 carries; Mason Henshaw had 62 yards on just four totes; Reese carried the ball 19 times for 40 yards. … Cornersville managed to win time of possession and had 16 first downs to nine for Moore County. Ironically, the Raiders’ longest drive, a 10-play drive that lasted just more than six minutes, ended in a loss of downs at the Cornersville 3-yard line late in the fourth quarter. … Moore County hosts Forrest at 7 p.m. this week.

To read the complete wrap-up of Friday’s game against Cornersville, see the Sept. 4 print edition of The News. To subscribe, click here.

—By ROBERT HOLMAN, Publisher