The Moore County Raiders (10-1) travel to Huntingdon (9-2) for the second round of the Class 1A state playoffs.
The Raiders finished the regular season ranked No. 3 in the state. The Mustangs were No. 8 in the final poll.
The Raiders’ last playoff appearance, in 2018, was ended by the Mustangs by a score of 41-19. Huntingdon has one state championship (2003) to its credit and three runner-up finishes. This is the Mustangs’ 14th straight playoff trip.
“When I took this job, the first team that was brought up to me was, ‘Coach, you’ve got to be able to beat Huntingdon,’” White said. “They’re extremely well-coached, great tradition there. We look forward to going there and playing them on their turf. It’ll be fun.”
The Mustangs are coming off a 48-8 win over Cornersville. They have a powerful rushing attack, having rushed for almost 3,000 yards. They throw the ball about five times a game.
Huntingdon is led in rushing by Grant Bartholomew, who’s picked up 833 yards and eight touchdowns on 110 attempts. Aden Hutcherson has carried 97 times for 779 yards and 10 TDs. Blake Bradley has rushed for 418 yards and nine on 92 carries and is 22-of-52 for 335 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. Five other backs have surpassed 100 yards rushing for the season, so they have plenty of skill players. They have lost 13 fumbles, so turnovers can be something of a problem. They go for two points after every touchdown.
The defense is led by sophomore Cade Wood, who has 98 tackles to his credit. Blake Reeves has 74. The team has recorded 34 sacks. They’ve intercepted two passes and recovered 13 fumbles.
For Moore County, senior quarterback Kyler Parker is the leading rusher and passer. He has carried the ball 121 times for 893 yards and 13 touchdowns. He is 110-of-190 passing for 1,566 yards and 17 touchdowns to five interceptions. According to MaxPrep’s statistics, the Mr. Football semifinalist leads Class 1A in passing yards.
Tyler Smith has 827 yards on 92 touches, an average of 9 yards per carry, among the best in Class 1A. He has 11 rushing scores.
Defensively, Kaden White, Moore County’s other Mr. Football semifinalist, is second in the state in tackles with 127.
The winner of the Top 10 showdown will face the winner of Huntland-Fayetteville.
Throughout the playoffs, ticket sales will be limited to the number of spectators the host school has informed TSSAA they are able to accommodate with COVID-19 distancing measures in place. Schools are continuing to follow the COVID-19 guidelines and mandates. Spectators should be prepared to wear masks and have their temperatures checked at the entry gates. Those that are or have recently experienced COVID-19 symptoms will be asked to not enter the stadium.
Tickets will be available only from the GoFan website. The link is https://tssaasports.com/sports/football/playoffs/