WARTRACE — Moore County rallied from a 14-6 deficit to beat Cascade on Friday night, winning against the Champions for just the second time in the last four years and just the third time in the past decade.
The Raiders (1-0) got two huge defensive stands late in the game and pulled off a 28-14 victory.
After allowing eight Cascade first downs in the first half, Moore County’s defense picked up its intensity in the second half. The host Champions (0-1) managed just two first downs over the final 24 minutes of play and Cascade quarterback Austin Hass, a senior, often found himself scrambling out of pressure.
“Overall I’m happy with the way they played on both sides of the ball. There’s still some things we can improve on though,” said second-year Moore County head coach Jeremy Austin. “Early I think we had some pregame jitters and (Cascade) was fresh. You have to be tougher than the other (team) when you don’t have many numbers. Our kids bought in. It’s a great group of kids.”
With the contest tied at 14-14, two key punts by Moore County pinned Cascade deep inside its own territory each time. Cascade running back Brady Parker fumbled the ball away inside the 10 and MCHS took advantage.
The Raiders ran three plays before freshman quarterback Stone Frost scored on a 2-yard keeper to give his team the lead, the first of the game for Moore County. Coy Cashion’s PAT was true and MCHS led 21-14 with 7:45 left in the game.
Cascade ran seven plays before turning the ball over on downs. Needing 7 yards, Haas was under duress from Cashion and had to dump the ball to Parker at the line of scrimmage. Parker surged forward for 2 yards, but the Champions lost the ball on downs and Moore County took over at the 46 with 4:46 remaining in the game.
The Raiders ran the clock down inside two minutes before a penalty stalled their momentum and they eventually had to punt. But again, senior punter Spencer Reese hit a beauty and the hosts had to start at their own 14.
One play later, Cashion and teammate Sammie Adcock iced the game. The two Moore County defenders were in the Cascade backfield quickly, putting pressure again on Haas and forcing him to scramble toward the Moore County end zone. Haas fumbled the ball and Adcock came away with a Moore County touchdown.
Cashion booted his second PAT of the game with 1:23 left to play and Moore County sealed the victory.
Reese finished with 59 yards rushing, including a 27-yard touchdown for Moore County, while Frost, in his first varsity start, threw for 102 yards and a TD and rushed for 32 yards and another score.
Mason Henshaw added 67 yards on the ground for the Raiders, while Brandon Scott caught a Frost pass and raced 74 yards for a touchdown.
Haas threw for 125 yards in a losing effort for Cascade, while Parker ran for 55 and Lane Stacey rush for 63.
Moore County will host Forrest on Friday, Aug. 28. The Rockets beat Huntland 35-0 on Friday night.
—By ROBERT HOLMAN, Publisher (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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