The MCHS Raider football team improved its record to 4-0 after beating East Robertson 46-22 in Lynchburg Friday night.
The Raiders return to District 9A play this Friday when they host Middle Tennessee Christian School (MTCS) in the annual homecoming game.
Last Friday, it didn’t take the Raider offense long to get into the Indian end zone.
After getting the ball on their own 35, they quickly moved down to the East Robertson two where J.P. Evans bulled in for the score with 8:29 showing on the clock. Evans passed to Austin Bingham for the two-point conversion and the Raiders were up 8-0 in the flash of an eye.
The Indians failed to move the ball on their first possession and Moore County took over on downs.
However, the Raiders fumbled at the East Robertson 40 and the Indians – with the help of two Moore County penalties – moved down to the Raider three.
East Robertson scored with 1:59 left in the first quarter and the extra point made it 8-7.
Thirty-three seconds later, Matt Taggett raced 68 yards to score and Evans booted the PAT to put Moore County up 15-7.
On the first play of the second quarter, the Indians caught the Raider punt return team napping as they faked the punt and ran it to midfield. They drove down to Moore County’s three and scored with 8:23 left in the first half.
The two-pointer tied the game, but then Taggett returned the kickoff to the Indian 17.
Austin Henshaw made his first trip to the end zone for the season on a six-yard run with 6:39 left and Evans added two more points on a run to boost the Raiders to a 23-15 lead.
East Robertson fumbled the kickoff at the Indian 45 but the Raiders couldn’t take advantage of the turnover.
The Indians used a draw play and short passes to move to the Moore County 20 where the Raider defense stiffened and took over.
Evans and Dillon Davis connected for an apparent 67-yard touchdown strike but it was called back, and the half ended.
East Robertson proved they were still ready to play ball as they began the second half at their 36.
Taggett ran down the Indian runner after a 47-yard dash, hauling him down at the Moore County seven.
The Raider defense stopped the drive on a fourth and goal at the one.
Evans exploded on a 65-yard run to move the Raiders out of the shadow of their own goal post, and then Davis scored on a three yard run with 6:51 left in the third quarter. Evans ran in the extra points and the Raiders led 31-15.
Moore County forced a punt on the Indians’ next possession and this time it was Antonio Arguelles who scored for the first time as a Raider on an eight-yard run with 1:23 left in the third. Davis ran in the two-point play and Moore County led 39-15.
Davis scored another time in the fourth quarter with 5:50 left in the game and Evans booted the PAT.
East Robertson managed to score with 2:10 left as both teams turned the game over to the younger players.
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