The Moore County Raiders erased a bad taste in their mouths.
A year after losing on a last-second field goal to Cornersville, the Raiders left no doubt in a 33-23 win on the second-ranked Bulldogs’ home field Friday night.
The Raiders never trailed and held a 10-point margin throughout most of the game in posting a Class A Region 5 win.
The Raiders are 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the region. The Bulldogs fell to 2-1, 0-1 in the region.
“Moore County hadn’t beaten Cornersville in seven years,” coach Kris White said. “And these seniors had never beaten them, going back to middle school. It’d like I told the seniors all week, nobody’s going to remember what you did your freshman, sophomore, junior year if you go out and take care of business when you’re a senior, that’s what you’re going to remember.
“It was a big win for the school, the program, the community. They’ve had that bad taste in their mouths the last few years.”
Moore County took to the air early and often. Quarterback Kyler Parker passed for 243 yards and four touchdowns.
“We thought we matched up well at the skill positions,” White said. “Especially Kaden (White) and Brayden (Cashion). Probably should have thrown for 350 yards if we hit our throws and didn’t have stupid penalties.”
Parker found Dylan Scruggs for a pair of TDs and Kaden White and Tyler Smith each caught a scoring pass. Parker added a TD run. Chase Bradford connected on three of four extra point attempts.
The Raiders led 14-3 after the first quarter, 26-9 at halftime and cruised in for the surprisingly easy win.
Parker finished 12-of-22 passing for 243 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Through three games he has not thrown an interception.
“He did a good job running our offense, doing what we asked him to do,” White said. “Hitting the receivers we wanted him to hit. Now, there’s a couple of throws that he’d like to have back. But what the defense gave us, that’s what he hit, got the ball to our athletes in space and that’s what we wanted.”
Parker also ran for 95 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown.
Smith added 47 yards rushing on eight carries.
Cashion didn’t get into the end zone, but he was the Raiders’ leading receiver with four catches for 83 yards. Kaden White had five receptions for 65 yards. Smith had the one scoring catch for 53 and Scruggs two receptions for 42 yards, both touchdowns.
Defensively, Donavin Pearson recorded 13 tackles and Smith added 11. Kaden White and brother Dawson White each had 10 stops. Hayden Carter had nine tackles.
Pearson forced a fumble that Joseph Trice recovered.
“In years past, I’d have beaten myself up for giving up 200 yards rushing,” the coach said Monday. “But we bent but didn’t break, made stops when we had to, turned the ball over and made them kick a field goal instead of a touchdown.
“I was glad we didn’t give up any explosion plays except for a pass early. We made them use a lot of clock and we were scoring at such a pace it made them get out of their comfort zone.”
A non-region game awaits the unbeaten and now sixth-ranked Raiders next, Friday night at Forrest (2-1).