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Raiders Fall to Blackman on Pink-Out Game

Breast cancer survivors join the CHS captains to the center of the field for the coin toss prior to Friday's game. [Photo by Brock Freeze]

Breast cancer survivors join the CHS captains to the center of the field for the coin toss prior to Friday’s game. [Photo by Brock Freeze]

A dominant performance along the line of scrimmage by the Blackman Blaze, stymied Coffee County on Friday night as they fell at home on “Pink-Out Night” by a final score of 48 to 6. The Red Raiders were held to 122 yards of total offense by the Blackman defense. The Coffee County defense forced a pair of turnovers as Trace Bryant got an interception and DeAaron Rozier recovered a fumble.
Blackman scored on their first offensive drive to put the Raiders in an early hole but Coffee County answered with a 55 yard touchdown run from Tyrese McGee with 6:30 remaining in the first quarter, Blackman was able to block the extra point and answered with 4 touchdowns before intermission.
Coffee County was led in rushing by McGee who had 2 rushes for 54 yards and the lone touchdown. Reese Pratt rushed 9 times for 44 yards to be named the Thunder Radio/Crazy Daisies Player of the Game. Colton Prater was 3 for 8 passing for 18 yards and Zach Vaughn was the leading receiver with 1 catch for 13 yards.
The Raiders will conclude the regular season on Friday when they play host to Siegel on Senior Night. CHS senior football players, cheerleaders and band members will all be recognized as part of the festivities. Kickoff is set for 7 PM and Thunder Radio will begin live coverage at 6 PM.

Westwood Drops Friday Games to Community

Cruz Pitsinos of Westwood basketball

Cruz Pitsinos of Westwood basketball

The Westwood Rockets and Lady Rockets fought hard but came up short on Friday night at home against Community. The Lady Rockets dropped a 32 to 23 decision while the Rockets lost in overtime 51 to 48.
After falling behind by 18 points in the 1st quarter, the Rockets Were able to battle back and tie the game at the end of regulation at 48. The Vikings had the only points in overtime to claim the conference win. Trenton Thompson led Westwood in scoring with 20 points, Cruz Pitsinos chipped in 17.

Valerie Barger of Westwood basketball

Valerie Barger of Westwood basketball

In the girls’ contest, a sluggish first half put the Lady Rockets in a 24 to 9 hole at the half. Westwood outscored Community in the 2nd half 14 to 12 but could not complete the upset bid. Valarie Barger led Westwood in scoring with 6 points, while Allie Roberts added 5 points for the Lady Rockets.
Westwood will travel to Chapel Hill on Monday for a conference matchup with Forrest. The girls’ game will tip off at 6:00 PM. Westwood will be back at home on Tuesday when they host Eagleville. Thunder Radio will bring you the broadcast of that doubleheader as part of the 1st National Bank Hometown Sports Series.

Coffee County Youth Basketball Opens Season on Saturday


CCYBL action from October 22nd

The Coffee County Youth Basketball League got underway on Saturday as the 8 elementary schools squared off in basketball action at the Coffee County Middle School.  Four girls’ contests and 4 boys contests were on the schedule in the first of 7 weeks of competition in the regular season.

In girls play, New Union won by forfeit over Deerfield, Hillsboro defeated East Coffee 22 to 8, College Street outlasted North Coffee 15 to 10 and Westwood shut down Hickerson 30 to 4.


CCYBL action from October 22nd

In boys’ action, New Union stopped Deerfield 27 to 10, Hillsboro stopped East Coffee 22 to 2, College Street raced past North Coffee 27 to 7 and Westwood edged Hickerson 22 to 19.

Next Saturday, the action returns to Central High School’s Joe Frank Patch Memorial Gym beginning a 9 AM.   Each pair of schools will play a doubleheader with the girls’ game first followed by the boys’ game.

Schedule for October 29, 2016  (IMPORTANT NOTE: game will start 5 minutes AFTER previous games so game times are approximate.  9 AM game will start on time while other games COULD start EARLIER than listed time.

Teams Girls Boys
Westwood vs North Coffee 9:00 10:00
Hickerson vs College Street 11:00 12:00
East Coffee vs New Union 1:00 2:00
Hillsboro vs Deerfield 3:00 4:00

Titans Frustrated After Another Tough Loss to Colts

Titans3The roar was back at Nissan Stadium, and late in the fourth quarter on Sunday, it looked like the Titans would finally take a bite out of Indianapolis Colts.

Only it didn’t happen.

The result – a 34-26 loss to the Colts – was especially tough to take for a team still searching for ways to get over the hump against their AFC South rivals.

“I’m upset,’’ Titans defensive lineman Jurrell Casey said. “Really at a loss for words right now. That makes 10 in a row to lose to the Colts, and me personally, I’ve been losing to (Andrew Luck) since college. It hurts me deeply. I’ve just got to find a way, and my team just has to find ways to win these close games.

“We are very disappointed in ourselves.”

It’s true. The Titans have now lost 10 straight games to the Colts, and Sunday’s game was a painful one.

The Titans had a chance to take a big step in the AFC South, and move ahead of the Colts. The two teams are now tied at 3-4 in the division, behind the Texans (4-2).

“We let this one get away from us,” Titans tight end Delanie Walker said. “We had it, and I think everyone feels the same way right now. We feel like we let this one go. … They keep finding a way to beat us, and that has to stop.”

After battling back from an early deficit, the Titans went ahead 23-20 with just 6:02 remaining on a 48-yard field goal by kicker Ryan Succop.

Earlier, the Titans tied the game 20-20 on a seven-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Mariota to Walker with 12:39 remaining.

Momentum was on Tennessee’s side late.

But the Colts rallied, and regained the lead 27-23 on a seven-yard touchdown pass from Luck to tight end Jack Doyle, which capped off a 12-play, 70-yard drive with 1:55 left.

When the Titans got the ball back, Mariota had the ball knocked out of his hand by Colts defensive lineman T.Y. McGill, and Colts defensive lineman Robert Mathis picked it up and ran it back 14 yards for a touchdown to make it 34-23. The Titans added a late field goal to account for the final margin.

Coach Mike Mularkey said the Titans made things difficult on themselves with early mistakes. A botched extra point and the failure to recover an onside kick were among the gaffes.

“Those are things that help you win close games and we are going to be in a lot of close games like this,’’ Mularkey said. “Those are things we have to do a better job of making plays and we have done that. We have won some close games. We have to do it over and over, more consistently.”

Mariota finished the day 22-of-36 for 232 yards and two touchdowns, and a 95.8 rating.

Running back DeMarco Murray racked up 107 yards on 25 carries in the contest. It was his third 100-yard game of the season.

But Titans had their two-game winning streak snapped because they weren’t consistent enough on offense, and because the defense couldn’t get stops when needed in crunch time.

Time and again Luck converted big third downs. He finished the game 27-of-39 for 353 yards and three touchdowns.

“I have all the respect in the world for Luck,” said Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan. “He is one of the best competitors I’ve ever played against. But we didn’t play our brand of defense today. And we didn’t make plays when we needed to.”

The Titans jumped out to a 6-0 lead early, thanks to touchdown on their opening drive for the second week in a row. The Titans scored in a way not many expected – on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Mariota to left tackle Taylor Lewan. But the Titans failed on the extra point attempt because of a mishandled snap.

The Colts responded quickly. Luck connected with running back Frank Gore for three-yard touchdown pass, and then found receiver T.Y. Hilton open for a 37-yard touchdown pass. After a 28-yard field goal by kicker Adam Vinatieri, it was 17-6 Colts.

The Titans got a big scoring drive at the end of the first half, one that was capped off by a one-yard touchdown run by Murray, making it 17-13 at the half.

The Colts stretched their lead to 20-13 on a 33-yard kick by Vinatieri, who broke an NFL record with the kick. It was Vinatieri’s 43rd consecutive made field goal.

Then the Titans rallied, only to see things unravel in the end.

The Titans will face the Jaguars on Thursday night at Nissan Stadium.  Thunder Radio will bring your Thursday night’s game as part of the Tennessee Titans Radio Network.

Saros Collects First NHL Win as Preds Top Pens

preds-20161When Peter Laviolette addressed the media on Saturday morning as his club was dealing with a bout of food poisoning affecting a number of players, the Nashville Predators head coach said his team would come up with a plan, one way or another, before game time.

Did they ever.

Kevin Fiala and Viktor Arvidsson each scored twice, and Juuse Saros made 34 saves in his second career NHL start to give the Preds a 5-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champions.

The Predators ultimately recalled five players prior to Saturday’s contest – four forwards and a goaltender – and without five of their usual participants, including Mike Fisher and Pekka Rinne, Nashville found a way to collect their second win of the season.

“We could’ve gone out there and hoped our way through the game or waited for lucky bounces,” center Ryan Johansen said. “Every guy in this [locker] room went out there and attacked the game in full force, especially after them scoring a goal like that early on. We kept our composure, and Juuse was phenomenal.”

The Penguins scored less than a minute into the contest, but it wasn’t long before Arvidsson responded on the man advantage to get Nashville on the board with their ninth power-play goal of the young season. With the tally, the Preds set a franchise record with nine power-play goals in the first five games of the season. The previous record was seven, set in 2002-03 and 2005-06.

The clubs entered the intermission even at 1-1, and then the goal horn got a workout. Nashville potted four in the second stanza, including two off the stick of Fiala for his first two goals of the season and the first multi-goal game of his career. Calle Jarnkrok scored Nashville’s third goal of the night, and Arvidsson added his second before the period was out to give the Preds a commanding 5-1 lead, chasing Marc-Andre Fleury from the Penguins net.

All four goals in the second period were scored at even strength, an area the Preds have worked to improve upon over the last week.

“I was pretty sure we weren’t going to go the whole year without scoring 5-on-5,” Laviolette quipped. “Tonight we got four, and it was just one of those things you hear me talk about it sometimes. It’s a little bit cyclical, something always goes south here and there and we just couldn’t seem to put it in the back of the net, but there were a lot of chances and a lot of opportunity and tonight it was good.”

With the absences from the lineup, players like Fiala and Arvidsson saw larger roles, with Arvidsson skating on the top line and Fiala seeing over 12 minutes of ice time.

“I felt great, just 100 percent every shift,” Fiala said. “It’s awesome I scored two goals, but even nicer with the win.”

“For Arvi, he’s a worker, and he can have those big nights like that. I was happy for Kevin, because he’s been working hard,” Laviolette said. “Sometimes I think as a young player, when you’re not seeing it on the paper that things are going your way, [it’s tough] to build a little bit in the confidence area, so he should take a lot of confidence from tonight, he played a real strong game… I’m glad he got rewarded tonight.”

Saros was also stellar in net, and said his first NHL victory was even more special, due to the fact that it came against Fleury, one of his goaltending idols.

“It was a really nice thing.” Saros said. “I have to give a lot of credit to the guys in front of me. They cleaned up the rebounds very nicely, and it was a lot of fun to play in front of those guys.”

The Preds are now set to embark to the West Coast, next week, including visits to Anaheim and San Jose for the first time since facing them last spring in the postseason. With a win over a team like Pittsburgh, it can only help the confidence away from home.

“A 1-4 record is a tough spot and 2-3 gives us something we can work with,” Johansen said. “We’ll use this as some momentum as we head to California.”


Prior to Saturday’s game, the Preds recalled forwards Austin Watson, Trevor Smith, Harry Zolnierczyk and Frederick Gaudreau from Milwaukee. The team also recalled goaltender Juuse Saros on an emergency basis.

Preds forwards Mike Fisher, Craig Smith, Colton Sissons and goaltender Pekka Rinne all missed Saturday’s game due to illness. Forward Cody Bass was placed on injured reserve with an upper-body injury.

Gaudreau skated in his first career NHL game, logging 9:01 of ice time and tying for the team lead with three blocked shots.

Defensemen Matt Carle and Yannick Weber both collected an assist on the night, their first points as members of the Preds.

All-time, the Preds are 11-9-4 versus Pittsburgh, including a 7-4-2 mark in Nashville.

Saturday marked Nashville’s final home contest in the month of October; the team heads west next week, beginning with a game on Wednesday night in Anaheim against the Ducks.  Face off is set for 9:30 PM and Thunder Radio will bring you the broadcast as part of the Fifth Third Bank/Nashville Predators Radio Network.

Pete Weber’s Post game Report

Power Play Remains Hot, But Preds Fall to Red Wings

preds-20162The Nashville Predators scored three more power-play goals, but ultimately fell 5-3 to the Red Wings in Detroit on Friday night at Joe Louis Arena.

P.K. Subban, Mike Ribeiro and Mike Fisher all converted with the man advantage, but Detroit goaltender Petr Mrazek turned aside 30 of 33 Predators shots on the night.

Netminder Pekka Rinne was again the Nashville Predators best player, stopping 38 shots on the night overall. The Finnish goaltender stopped 15 pucks in the opening 20 minutes alone and faced at least 42 shots for only the 11th time in his career.

“I thought we played pretty hard,” Fisher said. “We made some mistakes that cost us, but we didn’t give up right to the end… “Rinne has been great, he’s been really really good and probably our best player [this season].”

After the Red Wings took a 1-0 lead in the middle period, two Detroit penalties in a 50-second span gave the visitors a lengthy 5-on-3 power-play opportunity, and they cashed in on both. A slapper from Subban knotted the score, and Ribeiro used a toe drag to navigate around Petr Mrazek’s pads and tuck the puck into the net for two power-play scores within 18 seconds of each other.

Drew Miller evened the score for the Wings in the final minute of the second, and then Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist made it three and four goals for Detroit in the third.

“There’s things that we can do better defensively,” Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. “Sometimes [opportunities] are coming off of turnovers too… and maybe not the structure we were looking for because of the turnovers that happened. So those are things that we’re trying to get through.”

Nashville tallied their third power-play goal of the night on a Fisher redirect in front to bring the Preds back to within one, but late Nashville penalties put the Red Wings on the power play where they added an empty-net tally to ice it.

“I thought our guys played hard; we did some things that shot ourselves in the foot, but they competed and played hard, especially with the short bench,” Laviolette said.

It doesn’t get any easier for the Preds on Saturday as they return home to host Pittsburgh while searching for their second victory of the season.

“It was a close one, and guys were playing through stuff,” Fisher said. “It felt like one of those games where we were going to come back, and we just didn’t give up. It’s frustrating to lose, but we have to get back at it tomorrow.”


The Predators played the majority of the game without the services of forwards Ryan Johansen and Craig Smith, who left the contest due to illness.

Nashville skated in their final regular-season game at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, 18 years to the day after playing there for the first time ever. The Predators next game in Detroit will be played at Little Caesars Arena, barring a 2017 Stanley Cup Final matchup between the two teams.

The visiting Preds wore Gold jerseys and helmets – usually reserved for home games – at the Joe on Friday. The wardrobe changeup marked the first time the Predators have ever worn their Gold helmets on the road for an NHL game.

Nashville will skate in its second back-to-back set of games already on the young season when they return to Music City to host the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.  Thunder Radio will bring you that broadcast beginning at 7 PM.

CCMS Falls to White County in 6th Grade Basketball on Thursday

Katie Cotten of CCMS(in white) battles for a loose ball on Thursday night against White County.

Katie Cotten of CCMS(in white) battles for a loose ball on Thursday night against White County.

The Coffee County Middle School 6th grade Raider and Lady Raider basketball teams suffered a home doubleheader loss to White County on Thursday night at the CCMS gym. After grabbing an early lead, the girls dropped a 33 to 19 decision to the Warriorettes. The boys suffered their first defeat of the year to the Warriors 44 to 25.
In the girls’ game, Coffee County raced out to a 6 to nothing lead in the first 4 minutes of the game only to see White County force several Lady Raiders turnovers and fouls as they outscored the Lady Raiders 17 to 2 over the last 8 minutes of the first half to capture the win. Coffee County was led in scoring by Maggie Crouch who scored 7 points, Ellie Fann and Nikki Graham each added 4 points for the Lady Raiders.

Jacob Holder of CCMS basketball

Jacob Holder of CCMS basketball

For the Red Raiders, it was the hot outside shooting of White County that dropped Coffee County to their first loss. The visiting Warriors nailed 8 three pointers in the game as they broke open a tie game in the first period to win going away. Dayne Crosslin led the Raiders in scoring with 14 points. Jacob Holder added 5 points for Coffee County.
The Coffee County Middle School 6th grade teams will be back at home on Monday when they play host to Harris in a rematch from last Monday. The girls’ game will tip off at 6 PM.

CHS Soccer Alum Named National Player of the Week

Former Lady Raider Katie Reid(#9 in white) of Martin Methodist College[Photo by Martin Methodist Athletics]

Former Lady Raider Katie Reid(#9 in white) of Martin Methodist College[Photo by Martin Methodist Athletics]

After two of the biggest regular-season goals in recent memory, Martin Methodist Women’s Soccer forward Katie Reid has been named the NAIA National Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday afternoon.
Reid, a 5-foot-7 junior from Manchester, Tennessee, won the award thanks to a two-goal, two-assist performance in a 1-0-1 week last week for Martin Methodist.
Reid notched the game-winning goal in the RedHawks (9-1-3) victory over No. 3 William Carey (Miss.) University last Saturday. The junior also bagged the game-tying goal in an eventual 2-2 draw against No. 7 University of Mobile (Ala.) last Thursday.
Reid also added an assist in each contest as the RedHawks leapt from No. 8 to No. 3 in the latest NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.
The goals were the fourth and fifth of the season for Reid, who is no stranger to clutch goals. The junior scored at the NAIA Women’s Soccer national tournament in both of the last two seasons and has now notched four match-winning goals in her career.
With the selection, Reid becomes just the ninth RedHawk – regardless of sport – to achieve Player of the Week status at the national level. Four other RedHawk Women’s Soccer performers have achieved the distinction prior to Reid.
Former RedHawk forward Mor Efraim was the last Women’s Soccer standout to achieve the mark, winning the honor twice in the 2011 season.
“Katie was fantastic last week for us in our two biggest matches of the year,” RedHawks head coach Will Austin said. “She delivered the equalizer on Thursday and then dug deep for the match-winner on Saturday. Given the level of competition she faced, that is a remarkable achievement and it is a delight to see her honored for those performances.”

New Classifications Set By TSSAA

TSSAAThe Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association(TSSAA) released new classification breakdowns for Tennessee High School sports beginning with the school year 2017 and continuing thru 2021. New in this classification period is more separation in classification for some sports. In years past, volleyball, soccer, cross country, track & field, golf and tennis have shared classification with basketball, softball and baseball. In the new system, basketball, baseball and softball will remain classified together in classes split evenly by enrollment. Each of the other sports mentioned will be broken out into 3 classifications evenly by participating schools. Wrestling will continue to be broken out into 2 classes mirroring the classifications for basketball. Football will remain in 6 classes, split evenly by enrollment.
As expected, Coffee County will be placed in the highest classification for each sport. Coffee County Central was classified based on an enrollment of 1,733 students which ranks CHS as the 34th largest school in Division 1 out of 258 schools classified for sports. Schools will have until Noon central time on October 25, 2016 to notify the state office of their wish to move up in any of the classification plans. Once the deadline passes, the state office staff, with input from Board members, will set districts and regions and post them to the TSSAA website when complete. Schools that disagree with their placement will have the opportunity to request an appeal before the Board of Control at the November scheduled meeting set for November 17th.
A complete listing of where Coffee County will be classified can be found at the TSSAA website at:

Motlow State Women’s Soccer Program to Hold Tryout Nov. 12

Motlow Lady BucksThe new Motlow State Community College women’s soccer program will hold its first tryout on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Johnson Lane Recreational Fields in Tullahoma, according to Head Coach Andy Lyon. The tryout session is scheduled from 10 a.m. – noon.

“The tryouts will allow me to watch players and see how they mesh with different groups and situations,” said Lyon, who was hired to lead the new program in August. “I am extremely excited to get started. Those that try out will get to see the caliber of student-athletes that have already expressed an interest in our program.”

The tryout is open to high school seniors and to those who are current Motlow freshman students. Attendees must bring appropriate clothing and footwear, and must bring proof of a completed physical examination within the previous 13 months.

“There has been a very encouraging amount of interest in the program since it was announced in late July,” added Lyon. “I have received nothing but encouragement from the soccer community and I am confident that we are going to field a team that they can be proud of.”

For further information about the tryout and the Motlow women’s soccer program, contact Coach Lyon at or 931-393-1622.

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