Dillon Davis threw for 194 yards and two touchdowns and the Moore County defense rarely allowed visiting Harriman across the 50-yard line as the Raiders beat the Blue Devils 20-7 in the opening round of the TSSAA Class A playoffs Friday night.
Moore County (6-5) moves on to face No. 1 seed South Pittsburg, the top-ranked team in the state, on the road next week. South Pittsburg (9-1) had a bye in the first round.
Elsewhere in Quad 2, sixth-seeded Fayetteville City downed No. 3 seed Gordonsville 49-33. The Tigers (5-6) will play at No. 2 seed Monterey (6-4) in the second round.
In Lynchburg Friday night, Davis completed 15-of-22 pass attempts, while throwing a pair of 24-yard touchdowns and one interception.
Davis hit Christian Glascoe down the near sideline for a TD with 6:21 left in the first half. The PAT failed leaving MCHS ahead 6-0. On the ensuing kickoff, the Blue Devils mishandled the squib kick and Moore County recovered the ball.
Six plays later senior Matt Taggett took a handoff and outran the Harriman defense to the left corner of the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown. Moore County initially converted the two-point conversion, but it was waved off due to a rarely seen illegal equipment penalty, which results in the loss of the down.
The Raiders took a 12-0 lead to the lockerroom at intermission.
After exchanging possessions four times, Harriman (4-7) finally gained a head of steam and pieced together a 14-play, 72-yard scoring drive. Sophomore Garrett Green did most of the work, as he amassed 59 yards in the drive, including a touchdown from 1 yard out.
The PAT trimmed the lead to 12-7 with 55 seconds left in the third quarter.
Moore County answered on its next possession. Davis hit Harper Case for a 24-yard score with 9:11 left to play, capping a seven-play, 61-yard drive for the Raiders. MCHS ran in the two-point conversion and led 20-7.
Harriman had the ball for eight plays on its next drive before senior quarterback Kaleb Elam fumbled it away at the 46-yard line, effectively ending any chances the Blue Devils had for an upset.