LYNCHBURG — Eagleville spoiled Moore County’s homecoming with a gutsy 32-20 victory over the Raiders Friday night.
The Eagles improved to 5-1 behind a 500-yard night of offense amidst senior Logan McKee’s breakout night. The tailback rushed for 130 yards on seven carries and a pair of touchdowns.
“The blocking was the main thing because without them we can’t make plays,” McKee said. “We are a hard working group and we are grinding out one game at a time.”
Eagleville scored first on a 42-yard touchdown by McKee at the 10 minute mark of the second quarter. Moore County answered with a three-minute touchdown drive followed by the PAT to take the lead at 7-6.
The Raiders punted back to Eagleville with 31 seconds before the half, leaving just enough time for Marcus Collins. The QB completed three passes, including a 33-yard touchdown to Payton Lane with three seconds remaining. Collins executed the 2-point conversion to lead 14-7 at the break.
“It was big, driving nearly 60 yards and putting six points on them because we knew we needed the momentum,” Eagleville coach Floyd Walker said.
Eagleville marched to open the half, but the drive took a turn with an interception in the red zone. The Raiders flipped the field and scored to tie at 14-14 at 3:30 of the third.
Ethan Strickland recaptured the lead for Eagleville with a touchdown from 60 yards away, but a missed PAT left points on the field at 20-14.
“We had three kids that ran the ball effectively tonight,” Walker said of the McKee, Strickland and Collins tandem. “It was important to run the ball well and control play on the road in an environment like Moore County.”
Moore County answered with six points of its own on the following drive, but Trevor Griffin got two hands on the PAT to keep things even at 20-20.
Momentum swung after the block as Collins found pay dirt for the second time, capping a 62-yard drive with 7:18 remaining with a 26-0 lead. Moore County nearly evened things again, but Elisha Hockett and Damien Stingley sacked Raider quarterback Brayden Cashion on third and fourth down, respectively, from inside Eagle territory.
McKee shut the door tight on the Raiders with his second rushing score in the final seconds for a 32-20 final score.