Moore County got a monster performance on homecoming night, turning a number of special individual efforts into a huge team win as the Raiders topped Middle Tennessee Christian 28-19. To say it was much needed would be a colossal understatement as Moore County (4-3 overall, 1-1 District 9-A) had to have a win to keep postseason hopes alive.
Middle Tennessee Christian (5-2, 1-2) still hasn’t beaten a team with a winning record this season. Moore County, meanwhile, bounced back from a dismal performance against Cascade last week.
“It was necessary. We had to do something drastic,” said Moore County quarterback Dillon Davis. “We had to turn it around.”
Davis bounced back himself. After missing the Cascade game due to an illness, he managed Friday’s game against the Cougars very well. He accounted for 124 total yards – 79 passing and 45 rushing. He was 7-of-14 through the air and he completed five of his last six.
While the Moore County offense did manage to pound out 181 yards rushing, including a hard-nosed 105-yard night by Austin Henshaw, it was the Raiders’ defense and special teams that made the difference.
Matt Taggett scored on a 74-yard punt return and Brandon Scott picked off a Justin Winn pass and carried it 28 yards the other way for a TD.
“Brandon hasn’t played a lot of outside linebacker, but he broke on the ball … it was natural,” said Moore County head coach Scott Smith. “He was playing there because we had so many injured. That was a 50/50 ball and he had the presence to take the ball away and then take it to the house.”
Scott’s touchdown gave Moore County a 28-13 lead with 4:47 remaining. It was plenty of cushion. Even though the visitors came back and scored again less than two minutes later, Moore County’s defense buckled down and did the rest.
The Raiders also got a 4-yard touchdown run by Taggett in the second quarter and a 2-yard run by Davis in the fourth quarter. MCHS trailed 7-6 at halftime.
For more on this game, and a look ahead at next week’s game at Huntland, see the Oct. 10 print edition of The Moore County News.