Cornersville – The Moore County Raiders gave up 24 fourth quarter points but held on to snag a 39-36 win last Friday against the Cornersville Bulldogs.
The win boosts the Raiders’ record to 2-0. They begin District 9A play this Thursday in Eagleville.
Dominate First Half
The Raiders jumped out to an early lead after senior quarterback J.P. Evans connected with junior Dillon Davis for 51 yards.
Two plays later, Evans scored on a 15-yard run with 8:12 left in the first quarter. Chase Tharp’s point after attempt was no good and the Raiders led 6-0.
Cornersville returned the kickoff to the Moore County 44 and drove to the 15 before turning the ball over on downs.
With 5:31 showing on the clock, junior Josh Allison picked up the ball off the ground and raced 67 yards for the Raiders’ second score. Evans two-point conversion put Moore County up by 14.
On the next Bulldog series, the Raider defense bent but once again didn’t break – this time taking over on downs at its own 10-yard line.
It looked like a long field to overcome until junior running back Matt Taggett raced 90 yards on the final play of the first quarter to put the Raiders up 20-0.
The Bulldogs drove from their own 42 in a series that culminated in a five-yard touchdown run with 9:23 left in the half. The PAT was no good and the Raider lead was cut to 20-6.
This time it was the Moore County offense that sustained a drive from its 32 and ended in a 12-yard Evans run. The extra point was no good and the Raiders led 26-6 with just over five minutes remaining in the first half.
The Bulldogs’ next drive was halted by sophomore Christian Glascoe’s interception at the Moore County 38, but the Raiders were then forced to punt.
Senior Joshua Prater’s pass interception stopped the next Bulldog drive and the Raiders maintained their half time lead, 26-6.
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