Evan Keller

Huntland's Evan Keller scrambles to his left with the ball during a game Thursday at Moore County Middle School. The Hornets were held scoreless in the 40-0 loss.

The Huntland Middle School Hornets lost to the Moore County Middle School Raiders 40-0 on the road Thursday in the opening game of their season.

The Hornets were not able to consistently move the ball down the field while the Raiders scored on six of their seven possessions in the blowout loss.

Huntland head football coach Mike Jernigan said that the contest exposed some issues with his team which will need to be addressed before the Hornets play again.

“We found a lot of weaknesses tonight that we had not suspected and we did not play very well,” Jernigan said. “I don’t want to take anything away from (Moore County). They are a very good ball team.”

The Raiders set the tone for the game with a long touchdown pass to take a 6-0 lead after just two minutes of play.

The Raiders added one more touchdown in the first quarter as well one score early in the second quarter to take an 18-0 lead.

The Hornets had three offensive drives in the first half with two of them ending in turnovers on downs and the third one culminating in an interception.

They trailed 18-0 at halftime.

The Raiders picked up where they left off in the second half with two more touchdowns in the third quarter to take a 34-0 lead.

The Hornets got the ball into enemy territory in the fourth quarter, but a fumble cut the scoring opportunity short. The Raiders added one more touchdown with four minutes remaining to bring the final deficit up to 40 points.

The offense of the Hornets was hampered by a large amount of fumbles in the game with most of them occurring due to bad snaps.

“We’ve got to be able to get a good snap on the offensive line and take care of the business there,” Jernigan said. “We tried several different guys at center and we’re going to find a center before next week’s game.”

With the loss, the Hornets opened their season with a record of 0-1.

They will next play Thursday at home against Highland Rim Middle School. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.