The Moore County High School football team picked a bad time to make history.
On the verge of a District 9-A showdown with Eagleville that could have very well determined the district champion, the Raiders stumbled. Moore County fell to Community 34-33 Friday night. It marked the Vikings’ first win over Moore County in the history of the series, and it came on Senior Night in Lynchburg.
“It is a signature win. We’ve never beaten teams like Moore County that are on the top of the totem pole,” said Community head coach Johnny Frost. “It is sweet to get that district win and have the kids experience this.”
Unfortunately for Moore County, the timing of the history-making loss couldn’t have been worse.
Moore County (5-4 overall, 3-2 District 9-A), which had won three of its last four games, had finally climbed back into the district race and needed a win to solidify its playoff seeding.
Instead, the teams combined for four touchdowns in a see-saw third quarter. Community (2-6, 1-3) scored on a fake punt to retake the lead. With the Viking lined up to punt on fourth down, quarterback Quinn Frost rolled out to his left and connected with Zach Greenwood for a 70-yard pass. The successful PAT gave the Vikings a 28-27 lead.
Moore County answered with a 49-yard scoring drive, getting a conversion on fourth down to keep the drive alive. The Raiders went back into the lead, 33-28, thanks to 6-yard touchdown run by Austin Henshaw. A two-point conversion failed.
But keeping with the game’s theme, the lead was short-lived.
The visitors used a 35-yard kickoff return to put themselves in great field position. It took just three plays to capitalize. Darian Pride put the Vikings ahead for good with a 22-yard run. The kick failed, leaving Community clinging to a 34-33 lead.
Had the Raiders been able to simply line up and kick PATs — or perhaps a 19-yard field goal— the outcome may have been different.
Moore County had a chance in the fourth quarter. After driving 76 yards down to the Community 12-yard line, Moore County was faced with a fourth-and-7. Electing to go for it on fourth down, the Raiders picked up just 2 yards and turned the ball over to Community at the 10-yard line with 4:27 left in the contest.
The Vikings then chewed up the clock. When the Raiders finally got the ball back, only 18 ticks remained. Moore County moved the ball out to midfield before time expired.