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Rival Huntland visits as Raiders hit stretch run

Posted on Friday, October 18, 2019 at 6:00 am

By David Knox

Moore County plays its final regular-season home game tonight, and it really couldn’t be much bigger.

Coach Jason Dobbs was pleased with his team’s 34-7 win over Jo Byrns, which halted a four-game losing streak, but said, “We’ve got three tough games left and they all matter. The real work starts next week.”

They say the next game is always the biggest game.

Tyler Smith, who rushed for 236 yards and three touchdowns last week against Jo Byrns, will lead the Raiders against Huntland tonight. Photo by Jeff Reed.

When you’re fighting for a playoff berth, that’s for double sure. When the next one is Huntland, well ….

The Raiders’ archrival visits Doug Price Field/Raider Stadium for a 7 p.m. kickoff. It is Senior Night, and those festivities will be held following the game this year. It is also Pink Out Night for Breast Cancer Awareness.

The Raiders, 3-4 overall and 0-2 in Class A, Region 5, control their own fate by winning out over Huntland, Richland and Mt. Pleasant. Three wins will get the Raiders in the postseason, but two might not. The Raiders have faced the top two teams in the region, champion Fayetteville (7-0, 5-0), and Cornersville (4-3, 2-1). Huntland 4-3 overall, is 1-1 in the region, so a head-to-head win would be important. Richland is 0-2 and Mt. Pleasant is 1-3.

The game will air on Raider Country (Whiskey Country) 95.9 and 105.1, and on the Internet on Lynchburg Radio and will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network. Joe Abraham, Al Clark and Kelli Ray will handle the broadcast duties.

Tonight’s weather forecast calls for perfect football weather — a sunny day with a high near 71 and mostly clear after dark with a low around 48. Calm winds around 5 mph are expected.