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East Burke senior running back Josh Moore (12) celebrates after tying the program's career rushing touchdown record against Foard in Icard on Monday night.

ICARD — In the first Monday Night Football game locally this season, East Burke celebrated Senior Night, and were within one score of celebrating a win in the last two minutes versus Foard.

Playing a Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference contest three days late due to rain and field conditions, the Cavaliers drove inside the Tigers’ red zone and had the momentum going in the late push to score, but on a fourth-down conversion, senior running back Josh Moore slipped.

The drive ended and the Tigers were able to set up victory formation to clinch the 28-21 win.

“These kids continue to work and fight hard,” said Tommy Blanton, filling in as acting head coach for a suspended Mark Buffamoyer. “I give them all the credit in the world. Foard came to play and fought in a clean football game. Hats off to them, as well.”

Despite the final-drive disappointment Moore carried the EB offense by rushing for 266 yards on 37 carries. But even more importantly, his two scores — including a 78-yarder to tie the game 21-all in the fourth quarter — brought him to 40 for his prep varsity career and tied the program’s all-time career rushing touchdowns record held with Robbie McGee.

Foard answered Moore’s long TD right back with a 10-play drive set up by long aerial completions from quarterback Will Frye, including a 10-yard pass to get to the Cavaliers’ 10-yard line. Tigers fullback Brandon Alderman handled the next three plays to score on a 1-yard, fourth-down dive.

While they never took the lead, the Cavaliers (2-8, 1-5 NWFAC) tied the game three times, including in the opening moments of the second as a fumble on a Foard kickoff return was scooped after Dawson Langley fought and grabbed the ball away for a 26-yard return.

Quarterback Seth Pruitt, joining Moore and eight other East Burke seniors playing their last home game, completed two passes, both to Johnny Reynolds and totaling 43 yards.

Langley, Raelen Lo and Austin Sellers each made a tackle for loss to lead the Cavaliers’ defense.

East Burke now has a short week prepare for a county and conference rivalry showdown at Draughn this Friday night.

“They are a good football team and obviously our rival,” Blanton said. “We are going to prepare our kids and put them in the best spot possible.”

Jason Baker can be reached at sports@morganton.com.

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