McDowell High junior varsity quarterback Riley Moore has accomplished some good things this season throwing the football.
However, Moore let his feet do all the work as the sophomore ran for three touchdowns and accounted for a fourth score as the Titans marched past the Freedom Patriots 28-16 Thursday in jayvee football action.
The victory put McDowell (5-4 overall, 4-2 Northwestern 3A/4A Conference) back over the .500 mark overall and assures the team of a winning record in Northwestern Conference play with one contest to go.
Freedom capitalized on an early turnover to jump out to an 8-0 lead but from there McDowell took over, scoring all four times consecutively.
Moore (10 rush attempts, 155 yards) scored the first of his three touchdowns on a play down the Freedom sideline when he broke through multiple defenders and sprinted 62 yards at 7:16 mark in the first.
He then scored for the second time, capping off a scoring drive with a 27-yard run, giving the Titans their first lead of the night at 13-8 a minute into the second quarter.
The final rushing touchdown of the night came when Moore took the ball and sprinted left for a 15-yard score late in the first half.
And with the game still in the balance, Moore went back to his customary way of throwing the ball into the end zone when he connected with Bryson Effler to surge the McDowell lead to 28-8 on a 7-yard pass play at the 4:50 mark of the third quarter.
In between big plays by Moore, the Titan offense received a notable effort from tailback Bryson Dennison as he collected 83 yards rushing on 15 carries. Several of those rush attempts were important third-down runs that sustained scoring drives.
Jacob Pearson (7 receiving yards) and Kobe Nolan (11 yards) had one catch each in the victory.
It’s a short turnaround for the McDowell jayvees as they travel to Taylorsville on Monday to play Alexander Central in a game rescheduled due to weather (6:30 kickoff).