The Huntland High School Hornets lost to the Moore County High School Raiders 22-12 on the road Friday for their fourth loss of the season.
Penalties and turnovers hurt the Hornets throughout the contest as their record for the year moved back down to .500.
Huntland head football coach Bob Robertson said that his team was outplayed and outmuscled by their regional rival.
“(Moore County) deserved to win. We’ve got to do a better job of getting prepared for games,” Robertson said. “We were bigger than they were and we couldn’t block them. Things like that are hard to overcome.”
The Hornets got off to a strong start as their defense forced a punt on the opening drive.
Cameron Reed found a hole on the fourth play of the first offensive drive for the Hornets and ran 60 yards for a touchdown to make it 6-0 four minutes into the game.
The Raiders were able to respond with a lengthy drive in the second quarter as they scored to take a 7-6 lead with seven minutes remaining in the first half.
The Hornets brought the ball across midfield on their next drive, but a fumble would cut the series short.
The Hornets received the ball one more time before the end of the half and brought it deep into enemy territory. However, the Raiders recorded an interception in the end zone on the final play of the second quarter to end the scoring attempt.
The Hornets trailed 7-6 at halftime.
The Hornets started the second half with the ball, but they would turn it over on downs at midfield.
The Raiders broke off a 57-yard touchdown run on the next play from scrimmage. They then converted on a two-point attempt to make it 15-6 with 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter.
After punts from both teams on their respective next drives, the Hornets brought the ball into the opposing side of the field again before a turnover on downs.
The Hornets’ defense stepped up to get the ball back with a fumble recovery. Reed appeared to score his second touchdown of the day shortly after, but the play would be negated by a holding penalty against Huntland.
The drive would later end in another turnover on downs.
Reed would get his actual second touchdown on the next drive for the Hornets as he ran 31 yards for the score to make it 15-12 with eight minutes remaining in the contest.
The defense of the Hornets forced a three-and-out on the next drive to get the ball back with a chance to take the lead. However, the ensuing drive would end in an interception with 3:31 remaining.
The Raiders scored a few plays later to increase the deficit to 10 points with two minutes left on the clock.
The Hornets made one more attempt to get back into the contest, but their final drive would end in another interception to seal the 10-point loss.
Reed finished the game with a team-high 152 rushing yards on 22 carries.
Kolbi Stewart carried the ball 17 times for 115 yards.
Bryson Johnson caught a pass for 41 yards while Payton Reed had 40 passing yards on two completions.
With the loss, the Hornets moved to 4-4 on the season and 1-2 in regional play.
They will next play Friday at home against Cornersville High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.