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Raiders down Harriman, earn date with South Pittsburg

Posted on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 9:36 am

MCHS quarterback Dillon Davis threw for 194 yards and to TDs against Harriman. (MCN file photo)

MCHS quarterback Dillon Davis threw for 194 yards and to TDs against Harriman. (MCN file photo)

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.