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Rockets hand Raiders lopsided loss

Posted on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 1:08 pm

LOGO MC football LOGOLYNCHBURG – Zach McClendon ran for two touchdowns and caught another to lead visiting Forrest to a convincing 41-0 victory over Moore County Friday night.

The Rockets racked up 303 yards on the ground and quarterbacks Jacob Jones and David Andrews combined for 70 more through the air. Forrest scored on its first possession, taking the ball 69 yards in eight plays to take a 7-0 lead at the 8:30 mark of the first quarter following Javier Rios’ PAT.

The Raiders (2-1, 0-1 District 9-A) never had an answer.

Moore County’s defense couldn’t slow down the Rockets ground game and the Moore County offense was anemic. Moore County managed just 14 yards rushing and on 13 yards passing.

MCHS quarterback Spencer Reese often found himself scrambling out of — or into danger — due to a number of bad snaps. By night’s end, Reese was credited for 16 carries for a negative 41 yards. Despite Moore County’s inability to run the football, the Raiders attempted only two passes all night as Forrest dominated play in the trenches.

“Like I told these players, one game does not define a season unless you let it,” said first-year Moore County head coach Jeremy Austin. “I will take this loss … I didn’t have them prepared. As hard as it is, like the old coaching cliché, you just have to put it behind you.

“We’ll go into (the next) game like we are 0-0, just like we do every week.”

The Raiders have another tough contest just in front of them. They will make the 95-mile trek to Wayne County this week. Wayne County (2-1) beat Collinwood 27-0 on Friday. Last year the Wildcats came to Lynchburg with an 0-3 record and handed the Raiders a 28-0 defeat.

It’s the first of two straight road games for Moore County. The Raiders will travel to Fayetteville City (2-0) on Sept. 19.