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Raiders lose home opener to Cornersville

Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 11:17 am

Moore County High School football’s home opener last Friday wasn’t pretty as the Raiders fell to Cornersville 42-0. While several area schools postponed games until Saturday due to the rains from Hurricane Harvey, the Raiders and Bulldogs opted to battle it out to get the Region 5 1-A underway. Although the heavy rains expected proved to be a heavy mist during most of the game, conditions were still slippery, a fact that played heavily against the Raiders. The Bulldogs began the game on their own 28 yard line, junior quarterback Eli Woodard fumbled, but picked up the ball and raced 69 yards for the score. The extra point was no good and Cornersville had a 6-0 lead after only 56 seconds had been taken off the clock. After the kick, The Raiders took over on their 28 yard line. Moore County coughed up the ball and once again it was Woodard who snatched it up and took it to the house and this time a two point conversion put the Bulldogs up 14-0 with 9:32 remaining in the first quarter. Matthew Schuller returned the ensuing kickoff to the 33, but a play later, the ball once again squirted out of Coy Cashion’s hands and Cornersville had the ball at the Moore County 26. Cornersville drove down to the Raider two where Woodard got his third score of the night. Following another twopoint play the Raiders were down 22-0 with :49 still showing in the first quarter. After going three and out, the Raiders punted to the Cornersville 39. This time it was Cornersville’s Eli Whitaker who hit the afterburners and raced 48 yards to the Raider end zone. With just over 10 minutes left in the first half, Moore County was down 30-0. After going three and out once again, the weary Moore County defense faced off at the Cornersville 47. The Bulldogs proceeded to slow walk their way to the Moore County eight. Cornersville took a 36-0 lead into the locker room at the half. Neither team managed to sustain drives in the third quarter, but in the fourth the Raiders managed to get a drive going that resulted in an apparent touchdown run by Nate Love, but this was called back due to a motion penalty. Cornersville took over on downs at its 26 yard line, and then, leading 36-0, kept the Þ rst team in the game and drove down to the Raider eight before scoring once again. Cornersville had close to 300 yards rushing and 21 yards through the air on Þ ve attempts. Cashion led the Raider running game with 65 yards on 17 carries; Schuller had 24 yards on Þ ve attempts. Schuller passed Þ ve times, completing two for 10 yards and had one interception. The Raiders go back on the road again Friday, traveling to Woodbury to take on 3-A Cannon County. Cannon County is winless in three games, with losses coming at the hands of Red Boiling Springs 14-0; Jackson County 20-19 and Sequatchie County 48-6. Despite their record, the Lions have a huge line, with nine players averaging 250 lbs. Luckily for Moore County only three of these big players are seniors; the rest very young and inexperienced. It will be homecoming for the Lions and hopes are that Moore County can rebound from their loss and return to their winning ways on the road.