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Wildcats hand Raiders second straight loss

Posted on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 10:45 pm

Moore County quarterback Spencer Reese sets to throw a pass against Wayne County. (Photo by Jammie Cashion)

Moore County quarterback Spencer Reese sets to throw a pass against Wayne County. (Photo by Jammie Cashion)

WAYNESBORO — For the second week in a row, the Moore County High School football team couldn’t take advantage of short field position when given the opportunity and rather than climb back into a lopsided contest, the Raiders watched as Wayne County held off repeated MCHS efforts and earned a 33-7 victory.

Moore County fell behind 26-0 at halftime and trailed 33-0 after the host Wildcats scored on their first possession of the third quarter. But the Raiders finally showed some life when Brandon Scott returned the kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown.

After a first half during which no Wayne County drive lasted more than 1 minute, 42 seconds, the Wildcats went into protect mode. The Raiders’ defense managed to poke away the football and recover a couple of fumbles, but Moore County’s offense never answered the call. The Raiders were stopped inside the Wayne County 15-yard line three times in the second half — twice Moore County turned the ball over on downs and once on an interception. Despite not getting the shutout, Wayne County’s defense put together another strong performance. Wayne County shut out Collinwood last week and didn’t allow an offensive TD this week by the Raiders.

Moore County’s offense was lackluster for the second consecutive week as quarterback Spencer Reese and running back Austin Henshaw had little room to operate. Reese struggled again to throw the football as well as he was given little time by a Moore County offensive line that was overpowered by Wayne County’s defense.

Moore County (2-2) is on the road at Fayetteville City on Sept. 19 for a key district contest. The Tigers (2-1) lost to Middle Tennessee Christian School (4-0) 22-15 this week.

For more on Friday’s game against Wayne County, see the Sept. 18 print edition of The News. To subscribe, click here.

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