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Raiders stave off late Lions rally for 21-20 win

Posted on Monday, September 19, 2016 at 9:18 am

Moore County senior Isaac Holt tries to slip through the Grace Christian Academy-Franklin defense during their game Friday night in Lynchburg. MCHS held off a Lions’ rally for a 21-20 victory. (Photo by Jeff Reed, www.jeffreedphotography.com)

Moore County senior Isaac Holt tries to slip through the Grace Christian Academy-Franklin defense during their game Friday night in Lynchburg. MCHS held off a Lions’ rally for a 21-20 victory. (Photo by Jeff Reed, www.jeffreedphotography.com)

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — Surviving a furious Grace Christian Academy-Franklin rally in the fourth quarter, the Moore County High School football team picked up its first win of the season, beating the Lions 21-20 Friday night in Lynchburg.

With just 36 seconds remaining in the contest, the host Raiders made a defensive stand — not once, but twice — as the visiting Lions attempted a two-point conversion to win the game. Moore County’s defense got a big stop as Grace Christian attempted a conversion that would have given the Lions a 22-21 lead, but the Raiders were flagged for a facemask penalty.

misc - Raiders Team Block Font 001With the ball moved half the distance to the goal line, Grace Christian lined up again in an effort to win the game. But again, the Raiders’ defense stood tall and snuffed out the run to preserve the victory on homecoming night. The Lions scored on a 43-yard pass to pull to within one point with just 36 ticks left on the clock.

It marked the first win of the season for the Raiders (1-4 overall, 1-2 Region 4-A), along with the team’s first region victory and first win under first-year head coach Jason Dobbs.

Led by Isaac Holt’s 193 yards and two touchdowns, the Raiders controlled the game early. They led by 14 at the half and stretched the lead to 21-0 in the third quarter. But Grace Christian-Franklin (0-4, 0-3) got its passing game going in the fourth quarter, putting Moore County on its heels, while scoring three TDs in the game’s final 10 minutes.

MCHS plays at Region 4-A foe Summertown this week. The Eagles, who are in their second year of varsity football, are 4-1 on the season with wins over Loretto, Zion Christian, Huntland and Grace Christian-Franklin.

Summertown (4-1, 2-1) lost to Columbia Academy 23-14 on Friday night. The Eagles average 36 points per game and have averaged 42 points per contest in their four victories.

For more from Friday’s homecoming contest, see the Sept. 22 print edition of The Moore County News. To subscribe, click here.

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