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Raiders have tough tests in early scrimmages

Posted on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 4:56 pm

The Moore County defense works to bring down a Sequatchie County back during their scrimmage in Lynchburg last Friday. First-year MCHS head coach Jeremy Austin was able to get a good look at his new team, which has another scrimmage scheduled this Friday night at Lincoln County. The Raiders and the Falcons will hit the field at 6 p.m. in Fayetteville as both teams look to make improvements before the Aug. 22 season-openers. Moore County will scrimmage again at home on Aug. 15 and have a player Meet & Greet for the fans from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16. (Photo by Jeff Reed, www.jeffreedphotography.com)

The Moore County defense works to bring down a Sequatchie County back during their scrimmage in Lynchburg last Friday. First-year MCHS head coach Jeremy Austin was able to get a good look at his new team, which has another scrimmage scheduled this Friday night at Lincoln County. The Raiders and the Falcons will hit the field at 6 p.m. in Fayetteville as both teams look to make improvements before the Aug. 22 season-openers. Moore County will scrimmage again at home on Aug. 15 and have a player Meet & Greet for the fans from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16. (Photo by Jeff Reed, www.jeffreedphotography.com)

The Moore County High School football team will make the 14-mile trek south to Fayetteville on Friday evening to scrimmage the Lincoln County Falcons. Action begins at 6 p.m.

It will mark the second time in eight days that first-year head coach Jeremy Austin will get to see his team on the field against an unfamiliar opponent and should prove to be a good measuring stick for the Raiders.

Moore County scrimmaged Sequatchie County last week. While the Raiders didn’t play poorly, it was a chance for Austin to see what his team needed to work on.

“It didn’t go too bad,” said Austin. “They had more numbers than we did. It was an eye opener for our kids … getting to play varsity against varsity instead of our varsity practicing against our JV all the time.

“We saw a let down on both the offensive and defensive line that we need to fix. You know … just basic fundamentals … missed assignments on offense and missed tackles on defense.”

Senior Cole Price — one of just eight seniors on the team this year — admitted that the team is still a work in progress.

“They did some things that we weren’t really used to,” said Price. “There are still some things we need to work on … some fundamental things.”

After a tough practice on Monday, Price was just happy to be on the field. He suffered a hip injury two weeks ago that almost ended his season. Following Monday’s practice, he was trying to work out some of the soreness while sitting in an ice bath alongside fellow senior Austin Henshaw.

“I thought it was over,” said Price. “I won’t ever get to do this (play football) again, so I’m gonna make the most of it.”

Heading into this week’s scrimmage, Austin said he would like to see how much the Raiders have improved during the week. He also wants to see just how much fight they have against a team that has been a traditional power competing in larger classifications.

“I expect our kids to fight and play hard,” said Austin. “We are looking for our kids to be physical and aggressive and fight for every inch they can get. We don’t want to back down from anybody; that’s the reason we are scrimmaging larger schools.”

Price will get an opportunity to see how his hip has improved as the Raiders have another scrimmage set for Friday, Aug. 15 against Monterey. The team will then take Saturday to meet and greet parents, friends, family and fans from 4-6 p.m. at Raider Stadium.

Football players will be on hand for photos and to sign autographs. The Blue Helmet Club will be selling MCHS gear to get fans prepped for the 2014 season.

The Moore County News will also have a booth set up selling subscriptions, with $5 from each subscription sold going directly to the Blue Helmet Club. The goal is to help raise enough money to pay for one of the Raiders’ postgame meals.

Moore County’s season officially gets under way with an Aug. 22 home game against Richland at 7 p.m.

—ROBERT HOLMAN, Editor & Publisher (mcnpub@lcs.net)

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