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Raiders survive at Fayetteville City

Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 11:40 am

Moore County’s Zac Creeson hauls in one of his two catches during the Raiders’ 20-8 victory over Fayetteville on Friday. Creeson had a 75-yard touchdown catch in the win. (Photo by Jeff Reed, www.jeffreedphotography.com)

Moore County’s Zac Creeson hauls in one of his two catches during the Raiders’ 20-8 victory over Fayetteville on Friday. Creeson had a 75-yard touchdown catch in the win. (Photo by Jeff Reed, www.jeffreedphotography.com)

FAYETTEVILLE — Moore County bounced back from a pair of terrible offensive performances and withstood a bit of controversy to down Fayetteville High School 20-8 on Friday night.

Austin Henshaw had 19 carries for 145 yards and a touchdown and quarterback Spencer Reese tossed a pair of TDs to lead the Raiders past the Tigers to spoil Fayetteville’s homecoming.

There were plenty unanswered questions heading into the game. But for anyone making the trip to Fayetteville for the 9-A showdown, well, it was hardly a waste of gas money.

The Raiders had to deal with a tightfisted team of referees and Moore County head coach Jeremy Austin was unceremoniously ejected from the contest with just more than 5 minutes remaining — along with a couple of ill-fated fans.

By then however, MCHS had overcome a 2 minute, 14 second stretch at the end of the second quarter that saw the Raiders whistled for 41 penalty yards, all of which led directly to Fayetteville’s only score. They had also weathered a series of long runs by Holdmeyer that seemed to have the Moore County defense scratching its head.

And by night’s end, they proved they were finally willing to air out the football, which led to 132 yards passing by Reese. By the time Austin was escorted from the field with 5:15 left to play thanks to back-to-back unsportsmanlike conduct calls against the coach, Moore County was well on its way to its third win of the season, climbing to 3-2 on the year and getting even at 1-1 in district play.

***NOTES: Reese had 13 totes for 56 yards and was 3-of-6 passing for 132 yards. Mason Henshaw had 19 yards rushing. Zac Creeson caught two passes for 85 yards — including a 75-yard TD and Brandon Scott caught one for 47, which resulted in a touchdown. … Moore County hosts Cascade this week. It’s Homecoming Week in Lynchburg.

For more coverage of the Raiders’ game against Fayetteville City, see the Sept. 25 print edition of The News. To subscribe, click here.

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