LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — For the third straight game, the Moore County Raiders rolled over an undermanned Region 4-1A opponent. Moore County notched a convincing 47-6 victory over Summertown Friday night here in Lynchburg. Now, after a 1-2 start, the Raiders are 4-2 overall and 3-1 in region play heading into this week’s key matchup with Fayetteville City.
It will likely be the team’s toughest test since falling to Columbia Academy 42-7 back on the third week of the season. Likewise, the Tigers are 4-2 and 3-1 and fell to Columbia Academy last week 29-23. The winner of Friday’s contest, which will be played in Fayetteville, could likely be headed for the runner-up spot in the region, while the loser could fall as far as fifth place by season’s end.
The Raiders, meanwhile, have been rolling along at a very good clip since that loss to the Bulldogs. Over the last three contests, Moore County’s offense has averaged 45.7 points per game and has outscored its opponents 137-23.
And Friday’s game, which was Homecoming night in Lynchburg, was no different. The Raiders spread the ball around against an Eagles squad that’s playing its first full season of TSSAA varsity football.
Getting touchdowns from five different players — including a 96-yard interception return from Mason Henshaw — the Raiders picked apart the Summertown defense. MCHS netted 158 yards on the ground and 101 more through the air.
Thanks in part to an equally adept defensive effort, Moore County held Summertown out of the end zone until late in the fourth quarter and often set up the Raiders’ offense with excellent field position.
MCHS scored twice in the first 12 minutes, getting a 6-yard touchdown from senior Spencer Reese and a 12-yard run from freshman quarterback Stone Frost. A pair of PATs by Coy Cashion spotted the hosts a 14-0 advantage and they’d never look back.
Moore County hardly slowed down when Reese left the game hobbling late in the second quarter with an apparent ankle or leg injury. As a precaution, Reese didn’t return to the game, though Raiders head coach Jeremy Austin said that after Reese was tended to by MCHS staff, the senior tailback should be ready to go this week against Fayetteville.
Reese scored again before he left the contest and in his absence, the Raiders offense responded with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Frost to senior Zack Creson midway through the third quarter. Jake McGee capped the third quarter scoring with an 8-yard burst into the end zone with 4:33 left in the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Summertown finally got on the board thanks to a 1-yard run by quarterback Riley Chapman. The Eagles’ two-point conversion failed, leaving MCHS ahead 40-7.
With 6:51 left to play, Henshaw scored on an 11-yard run. Cashion’s PAT, he fourth of the game, made the final tally 47-6.
Before leaving the game, Reese had 63 yards on 14 carries. Henshaw finished with 49 yards on seven totes and Frost had 29 yards on six carries. Danny Diaz, Matthew Schuller, McGee and Cashion each had one carry.
Through the air, Frost was 8-of-12 for 101 yards and one TD. Henshaw and Diaz caught two passes each, while McGee, Creson, Reese and junior Isaac Holt getting one catch apiece. Holt’s reception went for 55 yards and helped set up the Raiders’ final score in the fourth quarter.
The Moore County defense held Summertown to 103 yards rushing and just 26 yards passing. Chase Mote ripped off a 72-yard run to account for most of the Eagles’ yardage.
—By ROBERT HOLMAN, Publisher (email@example.com)
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