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Raiders hit the road for matchup with Jo Byrns

Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 2:48 pm

By David Knox

The Moore County Raiders, coming off a needed break in the schedule, hope to have fresh legs – even if they do have to make a two-plus-hour drive to North Tennessee.

The Raiders (2-4), on a four-game losing streak, face Jo Byrns of Cedar Hill in Robertson County on Friday at 7 p.m. The game is a non-region game, the last one of the regular season. After facing the Red Devils, it’s all about Class A, Region 5. Archrival Huntland visits on Oct. 18; it’s on the road at Richland on Oct. 25; the regular season ends at Mt. Pleasant on Nov. 1.

Coach Jason Dobbs believes the Raiders will likely have to win all those region games to make the playoffs, and building momentum by beating Jo Byrns (1-6) would be a good start.

He said Thursday that fall break came at a great time for his team.

“We’re healing up for the most part,” he said. “We’re doing good.”

Unlike the other non-region opponents in 2019, Jo Byrns is in the same classification, Single A, as the Raiders. They lost to Huntland 35-8, if that’s any comparison for Raiders fans. The Red Devils’ only win is over winless Red Boiling Springs. Still, they could make the playoffs as Class A, Region 4 is a top-heavy conference. Clay County (6-1) and Monteey (7-0) will decide the region winner and runner-up, no doubt.

One of Jo Byrns’ best efforts was a 16-8 loss to Clay County. But the Devils have scored six points total the past two weeks.

“Traditionally, Jo Byrns is a very good football team,” Dobbs said. “They’re down a little bit this year, as we are. But Coach (Josh) Wilson and I were sitting here talking … when I was coaching at Trousdale County we played them in the state championship game in 2008 and Coach Wilson played against them in 2010. So a lot of tradition and it ought to be a good football game.”

Rain is predicted. “Seventy percent at kickoff,” Dobbs said. “So we’ll be running the football and they like to run the football too. We’re both traditionally run-oriented football teams. And it’ll be fall-type weather for a change.”

In the Region 5 race, Fayetteville leads with a 5-0 mark, followed by Cornersville at 2-1. Bizarrely, the Tigers have already locked up the region title, as they’ve completed that portion of their schedule. The Bulldogs have Richland and Huntland yet to play. Huntland is 1-1 and Richland 0-2. Mt. Pleasant is 1-3 and Moore County is 0-2.

Friday’s game will be on FM 95.9 and 105.1 on Lynchburg Radio and viewed over the NFHS online broadcast network. Joe Abraham, Al Clark and Kelli Ray will handle the broadcast duties.