FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Moore County’s offense piled up 492 total yards and the Raiders’ defense held Grace Christian Academy to a meager 150 yards as MCHS rolled to a 42-10 victory on Friday night in Franklin.
It marked the second straight win by Moore County (3-2 overall, 2-1 Region 4-1A) and the second consecutive blowout. The host Lions (2-2), playing in the first season of varsity football were simply overwhelmed by the Raiders.
They had no answer for Moore County senior Spencer Reese who time and again slipped through holes in his offensive line, found open space and race up the field. He had 10 rushes of at least 15 yards and finished the night with 243 yards on just 20 carries. He ripped off 39 yards on just his second carry of the game and added a 30-yard run late in the contest.
Moore County head coach Jeremy Austin gave credit to his team’s entire offensive line for allowing big chunk plays all night.
While dominating GCA in the win, Moore County was anything but flawless. The Raiders had four fumbles — two the result of bad snaps — and MCHS quarterback Stone Frost threw an interception en route to a 5-of-11, 69-yard performance.
Still, it was another needed win in a long stretch of conference games.
And it came in front of a big Moore County crowd that made the 80-mile trek to Franklin, bringing along lawn chairs and blankets to watch the game at a school that has yet to build a football stadium and has seating for about 200 at its field nestled among the rolling hills of Franklin’s horse farms just south of Nashville.
Despite the miscues, Moore County took advantage of its size and speed to dispatch of the undermanned Lions. They took the opening kickoff and marched 80 yards to the end zone, using 10 plays to get there.
Frost, the freshman QB, capped the drive with a 1-yard sneak with 9:03 left in the first quarter and Coy Cashion added the first of what would be five successful PATs in the game.
The Lions got on the board with 1:04 left in the quarter thanks to a 30-yard field goal by Dylan Woods.
The teams then lit up the scoreboard in the second quarter.
Reese scored on an 18-yard run and Frost added a 2-yard TD within a span of three minutes. When Jake McGee rumbled in from 9 yards out with 3:13 left in the half, the Raiders held an insurmountable 28-3 lead.
The hosts did get a breath of life just before intermission as Lions quarterback Austin Amor kept the ball and ran 18 yards through the middle of the Moore County defense for his team’s lone touchdown of the game.
MCHS led 28-10 at the half.
A pair of touchdowns by Reese in the third quarter — and 18-yarder at the 8:35 mark and a 20-yarder at the 7:44 mark — put the game on ice.
The Moore County defense was equally as effective, keeping Woods busy by forcing seven punts. MCHS junior Isaac Holt recorded back-to-back sacks to start the second half as well, dropping Amor for a 6-yard loss on the first play of the third quarter and a 5-yard loss on the very next play.
Amor struggled to find any space. His 30 yards rushing, which included the 18-yard TD, came on 20 attempts, and he was just 9-of-25 through the air for 89 yards. Moore County senior James Vaughn was able to come up an interception as well to stop one of the Lions’ drives.
• Notes: Moore County now shifts its focus to Summertown, yet another team playing its first full season of TSSAA varsity football. The Raiders will welcome the Eagles to Lynchburg on Friday night for a 7 p.m. start. Summertown (1-4) is coming off a 63-0 loss to Columbia Academy. … It’s Homecoming for Moore County, with homecoming ceremonies scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The game is also one of two remaining regular season home games for the Raiders. After Friday’s game, they won’t return for a home game until the regular-season finale on Oct. 30 against Mt. Pleasant. … Along with Reese’s 243 yards, Frost had 70 yards rushing, McGee 14, Mason Henshaw 70, and Cashion 26.