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Thursday Night Lights
Moore County for the first time this season traveled to an opponent’s home field. The Raiders took the field against their rivals: Huntland Hornets. The Raiders and Hornets went back and forth, keeping the game close at all times. Although Huntland struck first and put the Raiders behind quickly, Moore County held strong and pulled back to win the game.
To start the game, the Raiders kicked off to the Hornets who returned it to midfield. Following the return, Huntland running back trucked his way up the middle and broke it to the outside before being hawked down at the 10. Following the big gain, the Hornets later punched it in for 6, but the Raiders deny the 2 point conversion and receive the ball down 6 with 5:50 left in the 1st quarter. Smith and Carter start the drive off with multiple 10 yard runs putting the Raiders in the red zone. Once in the red zone, the Raiders capitalize and Carter scrambles for an 18-yard touchdown. After the score, the Raiders convert for 2 and take the lead up 8-6
Following the score, Huntland received the ball looking to retain their lead, but the Raider defense forced a 3 and out. Following the turnover, the Raiders drove down the field to the Hornets 24. However, they are forced with a 4th down attempt, but Carter fires a pass to Cashion for a Raider touchdown pushing their lead to 14-6 with 4:40 left in the 1st half. Once retaining possession, the Hornets break out for another big gain, but a penalty sets them back at 1st and 20. After driving back to make it 3rd and 5 Loyd Fox sacks the Hornets quarterback for a 3-yard loss. Unfortunately, the Hornets convert on 4th down and set up a new set of downs for themselves. After a few more rushing attempts and penalties, Huntland is forced with a 3rd and forever, and, being forced to throw, Carter intercepts the ball and gives the Raiders excellent field position. Yet, there was not enough time to get a play off, and Moore County went into the half up 14-6.
Starting the second half, the Hornets kicked the ball off and the Raiders received it at midfield. Unfortunately, a sloppy series ended in a fumble, and the Hornets recovered. Following the fumble, the Raider defense showed their strength and retained possession of the ball on an interception by Landon Smith. In response, Carter broke out for two long runs combining for 83 yards; with one ending the drive on a 58-yard touchdown scramble pushing their lead to 20-6 with 2:15 left in the 3rd quarter. However, the Hornets responded on their following drive, as their running back broke out for a 46-yard touchdown run narrowing the Raider lead to 20-14 at the end of the 3rd quarter.
In the final quarter, Carter broke out for back to back rushes for 13 and 18 yards. Sadly, multiple high snaps led to the Raiders facing a 4th and 17 and throwing an interception. Fortunately, the Moore County defense held strong, keeping the Hornets out of the end zone, and sealing the game 20-14.

-Dylan Scruggs