When Eagleville and Moore County go up against each other in football, the games go down the wire.
That trend continued Thursday as the Raiders scored with 35.5 seconds remaining to defeat the Eagles 25-20 at Talon Field.
Moore County quarterback J.P. Evans scored on a 3-yard run for the winning score. Eagleville’s final drive came to an end at the Moore County 3-yard line as time ran out.
Last year, the Eagles had their closest game of the season in a 10-7 victory over Moore County en route to going undefeated in the regular season.
“It’s always a good game,” said Eagleville coach Steve Carson. “Tonight was no different. Both teams played hard. We had a chance to win the game, we just couldn’t finish it off there at the end.”
After a scoreless first quarter, the Raiders got on the scoreboard first in as running back Matt Taggett went into the end zone on an 8-yard run.
On their next possession, the Eagles answered with a 54-yard scoring drive. Chris Hale capped it with a 4-yard run.
The Raiders’ Dillon Davis intercepted a pass at midfield and went 50 yards into the end zone on the return, giving Moore County a 13-7 lead at the half after the extra point attempt was blocked.
Eagleville scored on its first possession of the second half on a 68-yard scoring drive. Dakota Durand took it in the end zone from one yard out, giving the Eagles a 14-13 lead. But they lost Hale on the scoring drive, he twisted his ankle and didn’t return.
Moore County struck back with a 17-play, 59-yard drive. Quarterback J.P. Evans went into the end zone from three yards away to give the Raiders a 19-14 lead. They attempted a two-point conversion and failed.
Eagleville struck back with a two-play drive. Quarterback Ryan Jordan connected with Andrew Jernigan on a 55-yard pass for the touchdown with just two seconds remaining in the third quarter. The Eagles went for two and failed.
In the second quarter, an apparent Eagleville touchdown was blown dead. Jordan Siler picked up a Moore County fumble at the Eagleville 20 and took off for the end zone. The refs blew the play dead due to an inadvertent whistle.
Two other scoring plays were called back due to penalties.
“We had three touchdowns called out, and at halftime they told me that the side judge had an inadvertent whistle,” said Carson. “It should have been a touchdown. I look up there on the scoreboard, 27-25, we win. We left three out there.”