Moore County’s 10 senior football players, along with cheerleaders, managers and band members, will be honored before the start of tonight’s football game against Community. The contest will be the last regular-season home game of the year for the Raiders.
Senior night ceremonies are scheduled for 6 p.m.
MCHS will close out the regular season on Friday, Oct. 25 at Eagleville in what is Week 9 of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) season and then have a bye in Week 10 while awaiting their playoff fate.
The Raiders’ postseason possibilities hinge not only on their final two contests, but possibly on the Week 10 matchup between Forrest and Fayetteville City on Nov. 1. Moore County owns the tiebreaker over the Tigers, but the Rockets have the head-to-head tiebreaker over MCHS.
After a rough four-week stretch in the month of September, during which Moore County couldn’t move the football on offense, scored only one touchdown and lost three of four games, the Raiders have managed to play their way back in the playoff picture with back-to-back District 9-A victories.
The latest came last Friday night at Huntland, where MCHS earned a 40-13 win.
“When you can go on the road and get a (district) win, it’s almost like getting two wins,” said Moore County head coach Scott Smith. “It’s difficult. Now we have Community and Eagleville, both 2-A schools. (This) week is Senior Night and I expect it to be difficult.”
After a 42-0 loss to Forrest last week, the Vikings (1-6, 0-3) enter the contest playing simply for pride. It marked the fifth time Community has been shut out this season.
Meanwhile, with five victories to its credit, Moore County has a pretty strong grasp on a playoff game. According to the latest TSSAA playoff ranking chart, the Raiders are the 11th Class A team among 24 that will make the playoffs. The Raiders rank well in each of the first four categories used to determine playoff teams.
Those categories are 1-Overall Victories; 2-Teams on schedule that won 50 percent or more of their games; 3-Victories over teams winning 50 percent or more of their games; and 4-Victories by opponents.
Teams on the Raiders’ schedule who are currently in the Class A playoffs include Wayne County, which has reeled off five straight victories and has already clinched a spot by virtue of winning District 12-A, along with Cornersville, Fayetteville and Huntland, though the Hornets’ hold on the 24th and final position is precarious at best.
Class 2A teams that Moore County has played that appear playoff bound include Forrest and Middle Tennessee Christian, while 6-1 Eagleville, which Moore County plays on Oct. 25, is in great shape also. Cascade, which is in Class 3A now, is in solid position as well.
If the playoffs were to begin this week, eight of the Raiders’ 10 opponents would be in the playoffs, making this year’s slate one of the toughest Moore County has faced in awhile.