McMinnville – The Moore County Raider football team improved its record to an unblemished 6-0 after destroying 6-AAA Warren County’s homecoming Friday 32-13.
The win not only maintained their perfect record but also boosted them up one spot to the #4 in the AP Prep Class 1A Poll.
Despite trailing 13-7 at halftime, the Raiders proved they could not only stay in a football game but also that they are more than capable of finishing a game off.
The Pioneers scored all their points in the first half of the game thanks to early Raider miscues and what some spectators described as a “magic clock” just before the intermission that allowed the second Pioneer score.
However, Moore County took total control of the game in the second half and never relinquished it.
The Raiders collected an impressive 368 total offensive yards in the game with 251 of those coming on the ground.
Senior quarterback J.P. Evans led the rushing attack, keeping the ball 28 times for 138 yards and a touchdown.
Junior running back Matt Taggett ran up 97 yards and two touchdowns on 18 tries.
Sophomore tailback Austin Henshaw scored on his only carry of the night, a ten-yard run and junior Dillon Davis had three carries for six yards.
Taggett also led the Raider receiver corps with one catch for 52 yards and a touchdown while intercepting two Warren County passes.
The win was the second time a Raider team has defeated a 6AAA high school and their first on the road.
While they may have been able to enjoy the fruits of their labors over the weekend, Moore County now has to prepare to enter the most difficult part of it’s current season as they return to District 9A competition this Friday when they host perennial rivals, the Huntland Hornets.
Of course, so far this season Huntland football seems to have fallen upon hard times, as their only win was a 1-0 forfeit over Riverside Christian on the first game of the year.
The Hornets have lost to Columbia academy 51-7; Watertown 56-14; Cornersville 39-14 and Cascade 39-0.
Still, as anyone who has been around District 9A football for very long knows, when it comes to Moore County vs. Huntland, the record books can often be thrown away. Just look at last year’s game in which the Raiders managed to escape from Huntland with a 42-31 win.
Despite being a very young football team, the Hornets have plenty of older brothers and cousins who will be more than willing to explain to them the importance of upsetting a Moore County team — especially an undefeated bunch of Raiders who are looking toward the playoffs.
Game time is at 7 p.m. at Raider Stadium. The MCHS Student Council asks the fans to wear blue to the game.
“We want to show Huntland what true blue looks like,” said advisor Jana Brown.