Two teams headed in opposite directions met for a fleeting moment Friday night, and then continued on their respective ways. Wayne County, a team rebuilding after an atypical 2012 season, routed Moore County, a team trying to back up its unbeaten 2012 regular season.
At Lynchburg, the visiting Wildcats dominated the host Raiders on both sides of the ball en route to a 28-0 victory. By night’s end, Wayne County (1-3), which started the season 0-3, and Moore County (2-2, 0-1 District 9-A), which started 2-0 and was once ranked No. 1 in the state’s Class A Associated Press poll, were a mere one game apart.
“They’re three plays away from being undefeated. No one had stopped them all year,” said Moore County head coach Scott Smith. “They had a hard time hanging onto the football around the goal line in their first (three) games. They came in tonight and corrected their mistakes.”
Behind a 203-yard effort by running back Jacob Bevis, Wayne County rushed for 235 yards, while adding another 79 yards passing. Quarterback Preston Rice was 6-of-10 through the air as he and Bevis accounted for all 314 yards the Wildcats had.
Moore County managed just 109 total yards, 89 of which came in the second half. If not for a 20-yard trick play — a reverse to Spencer Reese — the Raiders would not have had positive yards in the first half. It marked the second straight game that Moore County was shut out.
Moore County hosts Fayetteville City (3-0, 1-0) this week in a crucial District 9-A contest.