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Raiders struggle in final preseason scrimmage; Season-opener at Richland tonight

Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Moore County High School’s Austin Henshaw (No. 21), a junior, tries to find running room outside of the Coffee County Central defense during their scrimmage Friday night in Man-chester. The host Red Raiders claimed a 21-6 victory over MCHS in two quarters of play. (Photo by Jeff Reed/ www.jeffreedphotography.com)

Moore County High School’s Austin Henshaw (No. 21), a junior, tries to find running room outside of the Coffee County Central defense during their scrimmage Friday night in Man-chester. The host Red Raiders claimed a 21-6 victory over MCHS in two quarters of play. (Photo by Jeff Reed/ www.jeffreedphotography.com)

MANCHESTER — Host Coffee County Central took advantage of three Moore County turnovers to claim a 21-6 win over the Raiders Friday, Aug. 16 in the Coffee County Jamboree at Carden-Jarrell Field.

The Moore County/Coffee County match-up, was the last of three two-quarter contests in the jamboree. Earlier in the night, the Coffee County freshmen topped Franklin County 6-0 and the Coffee County junior varsity downed the Warren County JV 18-0.

The host Red Raiders used a combination of speed with a solid aerial assault to hold off Moore County. Coffee County built a 14-0 lead and held Moore County at bay after that. Moore County’s only touchdown was a 50-yard Dillon Davis to Spencer Reese pitch-and-catch that cut the lead to 14-6.

But Coffee County answered in just one play as quarterback Peyton Meeker went up top to find Christopher Vaughn streaking down the right side of the field for a 70-yard touchdown pass, putting Coffee County ahead 21-6.

While Moore County was able to contain the Red Raiders most of the night, forcing a handful of three-and-outs, the visitors struggled to take advantage of what the defense gave them.

Following a 15-yard Coffee County punt, the Raiders fumbled the ball away on the second play of their ensuing drive. Moore County’s defense stepped up again and forced another punt late in the second and final quarter.

With 2:58 remaining, however, Davis tossed his second interception of the game.

MCHS got the ball back one more time, taking over at its own 30-yard line. Davis hit big Aiden Simpson across the middle for a 25-yard pick-up. After a Davis run, the senior quarterback connected with Mason Henshaw twice. Moore County moved the ball down the Coffee County 4-yard line, but time ran out as Davis was stopped at the 2.

Moore County will open the 2013 season Friday night at Richland High School. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The Raiders’ first home game is Friday, Aug. 30 against Cornersville.

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