By David Knox
After a huge win – and it cannot be overstated – the Moore County Raiders have positioned themselves at a shot at the playoffs.
Due to predicted inclement weather Friday, the game has been moved to tonight at 7 p.m.
The MCHS Raiders (4-4, 1-2 Region 5) and RHS Raiders (4-4, 0-3) game was still scheduled to air on Raider Country (Whiskey Country) 95.9 and 105.1, and on the Internet on Lynchburg Radio and will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network. Joe Abraham, Al Clark and Kelli Ray will do the broadcast duties.
The NWS forecast now calls for a sunny day with a high of 72. Tonight sees increasing cloudiness with a temperature of about 58 at kickoff and a low around 50. East wind around 5 mph.
Moore County currently is tied for third in the region with Huntland, but now holds the tiebreaker over the Hornets, one reason why that win last Friday was so big.
A Cornersville win at Huntland wouldn’t hurt the Raiders, but it still might take a win at Mt. Pleasant for the Raiders to be assured of a playoff spot. The Raiders finish with Mt. Pleasant and Huntland closes with Richland. If the MCHS Raiders win out, they are locked in to a spot in the postseason.
The Raiders used their potent running game, led by Tyler Smith, to put away Huntland. In the first half, quarterback Brayden Cashion did damage with runs up the middle to lead the Raiders to a 7-6 halftime lead. The defense played nothing short of phenomenally in holding down Kolbi Stewart and Cameron Reed. The Hornets duo got their 100-yard games but in the second half they managed just 101 on 22 carries between them after rolling up 166 on 16 rushes in the first half. Take away a 60-yard TD run by Reed in the first half and a 31-yard run by Stewart in the second half for a score and the Raiders did a good job limiting big plays on the ground.
The entire defense, from line to secondary, played well, and forced three interceptions and two fumbles.
The Raiders also made big stops on fourth down – the Hornets were 0-for-4 in the second half.
With the momentum of two straight wins, the Raiders head to Lynnville with a lot of confidence and a real shot at the playoffs, something that might have been imaginable when they had lost four straight tough games.