Lady Bucks Take Soccer Winning Streak into Regular Season Finale Wednesday

Ali Shelton of Motlow soccer

Riding a two-game winning streak that has seen them outscore the opposition 12-0, the Motlow Lady Bucks will play their final regular season soccer match on Wednesday, Oct. 25, when they travel to Pulaski to face the Martin Methodist JV squad at 7 p.m.

Motlow (7-7-1) has a chance to finish its first soccer season with a winning record following Friday’s 6-0 win over Martin Methodist JV at Smyrna High School. Last Wednesday the Lady Bucks tossed another shutout, beating the Covenant College JV 6-0 in Winchester. Motlow has won four of its previous five games.

Despite the impressive finish to the regular season by the Lady Bucks, they will not qualify for the playoffs in their first season. Because Motlow is the only NJCAA Division I team in the state, they were placed in a district that features teams from Florida and Mississippi. There were a number of criteria that Motlow had to meet to qualify for the playoffs and they came up short of meeting those benchmarks.

Despite that fact, Head Coach Andy Lyon has guided his team to continuous improvement throughout the season. Since starting the year 2-5-1, Motlow has won five of its previous seven games by a combined score of 24-1.

Against Covenant College JV last Wednesday the Lady Bucks dominated the action from start to finish, with much of the contest being played on the Covenant side of the field. Hannah Feaster got the scoring started at the 32-minute mark on an assist from Megan Blumhoefer, and Paige Loveless added an unassisted goal nine minutes later to give Motlow a 2-0 halftime lead.

After struggling to add to its lead in the first 33 minutes of the second half, the Lady Bucks broke loose and scored four goals in the final 12 minutes. Feaster added her second goal of the game on an assist from Loveless, Keely Smith scored unassisted, Blumhoefer and Bethany Porter added the final two goals, both with assists from Anastasia Wellington.

Ali Shelton and Lena Alakabi combined in goal to complete the shutout, with each making a save on only two shots by the opposition. Motlow had 30 shots and led in corner kicks 6-0.

Against Martin Methodist JV on Friday, the Lady Bucks came out of the gate with an offensive mindset and took the lead just four minutes in with Tyler Feaster scoring an unassisted goal. Smith added a goal at the 13-minutes mark, also without an assist.

Blumhoefer scored the first of two goals on the night just six minutes before the half, and the Lady Bucks took a 3-0 lead into the break.

Motlow’s dominance continued in the second half. Bailee Walls scored at the 66-minute mark on an assist from Wellington, and two minutes later Wellington assisted on Blumhoefer’s second goal of the game. Wellington capped of the scoring with an assist from Tyler Feaster at 81 minutes.

Emily Bryant, Shelton and Alakabi all played in goal for Motlow, with Shelton getting the lone save. The Lady Bucks outshot the Red Hawks 12-4 and led in corner kicks 6-1.

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Coffee County Comes Up Short Against Siegel on Senior Night

Deaaron Rozier fends off a Siegel defender with a stiff arm on Friday night. [Photo by Josh Peterson – Manchester Times]

Playing their most complete game of the year, the Coffee County Central High School football team came up short to Siegel at Carden-Jarrell Field on Friday night.  Despite the loss, the Red Raiders played in such a fashion that honored the 12 members of the senior class on Senior Night.  And as an added bonus, senior Alontae Taylor broke a pair of career records in the process as Coffee County fell 43 to 35.

Taylor broke the career mark for rushing touchdowns, held by Chris Elam, on the first drive of the game as he punched a quarterback keeper in from 1 yard out to give Coffee County a 7 to 0 lead.  The Raiders and Stars traded first half scores as Siegel took a 22 to 21 lead into the half.

Taylor added a touchdown on a kickoff return and another rushing touchdown in the 2nd half to give him 81 career touchdowns.  The final touchdown gave Coffee County a 35 to 29 lead with 11:49 left in the game.  Siegel used a pair of big plays to notch three 4th quarter touchdowns and capture the region win.

Taylor finished the game as the leading rusher as he carried the ball 25 times for 107 yards to become the career leader in rushing yards in Coffee County history; once again eclipsing the mark of Chris Elam.  Deaaron Rozier added 105 yards rushing on 18 carries and Andrew Mahaffey had 82 yards on the ground on 11 carries and 2 touchdowns.  For their efforts, Rozier and Mahaffey were named the Crazy Daisies co-players of the game.  Zach Vaughn caught 4 passes for 42 yards and had a 2 point conversion.  Coffee County finished the game with 471 total yards.

Coffee County hits the road Friday night for the season finale.  Coffee County will travel to Sparta to take on White County.  Thunder Radio, as always, will be on hand to bring you all the action.  Kickoff is set for 7 PM, Thunder Radio begins live coverage with the Friday Night Thunder Pregame Show at 6.

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Coffee County Elementary Basketball Season Tips Off

The Coffee County elementary basketball league got underway on Saturday with a slate of 6 games.  Six of the seven schools were in action in 3 boys games and 3 girls games held at CCMS.  New Union enjoyed a bye week this week.

In girls’ action, North Coffee defeated East Coffee 35 to 5.  Hillsboro tripped up College Street 18 to 13 and Westwood downed Deerfield 22 to 2.

In boys’ action, North Coffee won a hard fought 26 to 14 decision.  College Street ran past Hillsboro 30 to 20 and Westwood held off Deerfield 34 to 15.

Next Saturday, league games return to Coffee County Central High School beginning at 9 AM.  Deerfield will open up with a girls contest at 9 against Hillsboro followed by the boys game at 10.  At 11, Westwood will take on College Street in a pair of games and at 1 PM it will be East Coffee tangling with New Union.

Coffee County Youth Bass Club Has Big Day on Tims Ford

The Coffee County Youth Bass Club took to the friendly waters of Tims Ford on Saturday for a South Central Tennessee Region BASS Nation High School tournament.  Fishing against more than 80 boats, the Red Raider anglers fared well as 3 teams finished in the top 12 in the standings.  Additionally, Coffee County grabbed a 7th place finish in the junior division.

For the high schoolers, Coffee County was paced by Ceygan Thomas and Cameron Bates who landed a 5 stringer limit weighing in at 6.84 pounds.  Their biggest fish tipped the scales at 2.59 pounds which was good enough for a 5th place finish.  Garrett Davis and Isiah Owens caught 2 fish weighing in at 4.97 pounds with a big fish of 4.22 pounds which was good enough for 10th place.  The team of Hunter Sanders and Blake Mangrum came in 12th as they caught a stringer of 4.56 pounds.

Others catching fish for Coffee County were Hunter Haley and Garrett Fellers who caught one fish for 1.91 pounds and 34th place.  Branson Wells and Dawson Wells had 1 fish for 1.83 pounds and 36th place.  Shannah Frame and Jase Rice finished in 40th place with 1 fish weighing 1.77 pounds.  Joe White and Christopher Wise came in 43rd with one fish weighing 1.68 pounds.  Jacob Garms and Hogan Scott finished in 45th place with 1 fish weighing in at 1.65 pounds and Colby Thurmond and Braeden Thurmond came in 49th place with 1 fish weighing 1.08 pounds.

Delainee Driver and Grayson Mangrun finished in 7th place in the junior division as they landed a 1.93 pound bass in their first ever tournament.  The Coffee County Youth Bass Club will be back in action on Saturday, November 11th at Percy Priest.  Boats will push off from Fate Sanders at sunrise.

Manchester Youth Football League Report

This Saturday October 21, the Manchester Peewee Division were at home to finish the regular season.

The first game the Red Raiders faced the Franklin County Rebels. The Raiders scores were made by #9 Boogie Morris, and on the defence the Raiders tackles were mostly made by Boogie Morris, and #33 Hayes Shemwell. In the end the Raiders came to victory 25-13.

In the second game, Raiders went against the Fayetteville Tigers. Though the game came to a 6-26 loss. The Red Raiders pushed their way forward. Raiders touchdown was made by Morris, but the offense led on with Hayes Shemwell rushing.

This week concluded the Raiders regular season, but the peewee Raiders will continue to the playoffs. Come out and support our Red Raider football team

Darryn Strickland’s Report


Titans Beat Browns 12-9 in Overtime

The Titans made plenty of mistakes by the lake, but they survived.

Kicker Ryan Succop’s 47-yard kick with 1:55 remaining in overtime gave the Titans a 12-9 win over the Browns.

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 21-of-34 passes for 203 yards in the contest, with a passer rating of 78.4.

The Titans continued to struggle in the red zone and on third down in this one, and the team relied on Succop for three field goals.

Titans safety Kevin Byard saved the day time and again with three interceptions.

The Titans improved to 4-3 with the win.

The Titans jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the first quarter on Succop’s 43-yard field goal, which capped an 11-play, 45-yard drive. Mariota connected with receiver Rishard Matthews on an 18-yard completion to set the drive in motion.

The Browns tied the game with 8:31 remaining in the second quarter on a 31-yard field goal by kicker Zane Gonzalez. A fumble by Titans tight end Delanie Walker gave Cleveland the ball at the Tennessee 40.

The Titans reclaimed the lead on a 23-yard field goal by Succop, which made it 6-3 with 1:37 left in the second quarter. The kick capped a 14-play, 70-yard drive that took 6:54 off the clock.

Byard made a big play near the end of the first half, and the Titans led 6-3 at the break.

With the Browns driving, Byard stepped in front of a pass thrown by quarterback DeShone Kizer and intercepted it, and the game went to halftime.

Byard came up with another interception in the third quarter, setting the Titans up at the Cleveland 32. The Titans then drove the ball to the Cleveland one-yard line, where they had it first-and-goal. But the Titans couldn’t get it in on four straight plays, as running back Derrick Henry was stuffed for no gain on fourth-and-goal.

After Cody Kessler replaced Kizer at quarterback, the Browns then drove 70 yards on 10 plays, and tied the game at 6-6 with 4:25 remaining.

Succop’s third field goal of the game, from 46 yards, capped a nine-play, 47-yard drive and it gave the Titans a 9-6 lead with 14:50 remaining in the game. The kick extended Succop’s streak of successful field goals inside the 50 to 54. Succop missed a 53-yard field goal with 8:44 left. His game-winner made it 55 in a row.

Byard ended another Cleveland drive when he intercepted Kessler at the Tennessee eight-yard line midway through the fourth quarter. But the Browns tied it with a 54-yard field goal from Gonzalez with 47 seconds left, and the game went to overtime.

The Titans have a bye next weekend before returning to action on November 5 against the Ravens at Nissan Stadium.

Preds Fall to Rangers in New York

Goals from Mattias Ekholm and Filip Forsberg weren’t enough for the Nashville Predators as they fell, 4-2, to the New York Rangers on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

The result sees Nashville’s five-game point streak come to a close, resulting in their third regulation loss of the season and only New York’s second win.

The Predators had their chances on the afternoon, outshooting the Rangers 25-15, including a 13-5 advantage in the final 40 minutes, but Nashville was unable to convert on their chances when they had them.

“You work to get the opportunities, and I thought we did, they didn’t go for us tonight,” Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. “But the effort was there, the guys played a pretty good game.”

In the first, a couple of defensive mistakes by the Preds created a breakaway and an in-tight one-timer for the Rangers, with New York picking up two goals on the corresponding plays.

First, Jesper Fast collected his first of the season on a juicy rebound after Juuse Saros stopped Kevin Hayes’s breakaway bid. Five minutes later, Chris Kreider fired home a shot from the low slot for a 2-0 Rangers lead after the first period.


The second frame began with speed and results for the Preds. Nashville took a territorial advantage to open the period and Ekholm slapped a puck past Henrik Lundqvist to cut the visitor’s deficit to 2-1 only 1:44 in.

After Kevin Hayes put the Rangers back up by two, Preds center Ryan Johansen one-armed a pass to Roman Josi, whose shot was deflected by Forsberg and made things 3-2 through 40 minutes.

Nashville did all they could to even the score in the third period, putting nine shots and a slew of chances at the Rangers’ net, but the Blueshirts iced it with an empty-netter before regulation was out.

Captain Roman Josi pointed to an 0-for-5 mark on the man advantage as a downfall for the Preds on the day, something one of the League’s best power plays will aim to correct.

“I thought they came out stronger, but in the second and third, we were the better team out there,” Josi said. “We had a lot of chances, especially in the third, but it’s just a matter of executing on the power play… We had a lot of chances and we have to get a goal there.”

Laviolette saw further improvement in his team’s game through the afternoon as he has all season, but the final result was a product of the Rangers taking advantage of their opportunities and the Predators not doing so enough.

“We’re in the collecting points business, so today we collected zero,” Laviolette said. “But it’s early, our game has gotten better every game. [Today] was no different, we just didn’t get the results.”



Center Nick Bonino was placed on Injured Reserve on Friday. Winger Pontus Aberg and defensemen Anthony Bitetto and Samuel Girard were scratched for Saturday’s contest.

With a goal and an assist, Filip Forsberg became the first Nashville skater to reach double digits in points this season (6g-5a-11pts).

Up next for Nashville is another quick stop at home to host Jaromir Jagr and the Calgary Flames (on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. CT).

Pete Weber’s Postgame Report

Elementary Basketball Begins Saturday

The Coffee County elementary basketball league begins league play for the 2017-18 season on Saturday at the Coffee County Middle School.  7 elementary schools from the Coffee County and Manchester City school systems are entered this season.

Regular season games will begin on October 21st and continue every Saturday until December 9th.  The league will take off on Thanksgiving weekend on November 25th.  After Saturday’s games at CCMS, the rest of the season schedule will take place at the Joe Frank Patch Memorial Gym at CHS.

Postseason tournament play begins on January 6th with the semifinals scheduled for January 13th.  The league will hold its championship and consolation games on January 20th.   The regular season schedule is as follows:

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CCMS 6th Grade Basketball Sweeps East Tullahoma in Home Opener

Cooper Reed of CCMS basketball

The Coffee County Middle School 6th grade basketball teams hosted East Tullahoma on Thursday night for their 2017 home opener.  The Lady Raiders secured a season sweep over the Lady Panthers with a win by the score of 28 to 9.  The Red Raiders completed the sweep by a final score of 28 to 17.

In the girls’ game, the Lady Raiders held East to 2 first half points on their way to the decisive win.  The Lady Raider defense held the Lady Panthers scoreless in the first quarter and to 1 point in the 4th quarter to run their record to 3 and 1.  Samantha Kirby led Coffee County in scoring with 7 points.  Kara Wheeler added 6 points and Marissa Medina netted 5.

In the boys’ game, it was a 13 point 3rd quarter that lifted the Red Raiders from a 4 point halftime deficit to a 4 point lead entering the final 6 minutes.  The Red Raider defense held East to 3 points in the 4th quarter to grab their second win of the year.  Cooper Reed led the Raiders in scoring with 13 points.  Ethan Hargrove added 7 points and Jackson Shemwell chipped in 6.

The 6th grade cagers are back in action on Friday night when they travel to McMinnville for a 6 PM doubleheader.  The games will be played at Warren County Middle School.

Rinne, Predators Shut out Flyers

Pekka Rinne made 28 saves, and Colton Sissons scored in the third period to lift the Nashville Predators to a 1-0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday.

The Predators (4-2-1) have at least a point in five straight games (4-0-1).

It was Rinne’s first shutout of the season and Nashville’s first road win (1-2-1).

Michal Neuvirth made 23 saves for Philadelphia (4-3-0), which lost for the first time in three games.

It was the second time the Predators defeated the Flyers in 10 days, following a 6-5 victory in Nashville on Oct. 10. Sissons didn’t play in that game because of a lower-body injury.

Forward Kevin Fiala pulled the puck out of traffic in front of the Predators net and broke out of the zone. He got into the high slot and chipped a pass to Sissons, who settled it and beat Neuvirth with a shot to the far side, between the goalie’s right arm and body, for his second goal.

The Predators and Flyers each entered the game ranked in the top 10 in the NHL on the power play.

Nashville, which was tied for third (28.6 percent), went 0-for-2. Philadelphia, which was seventh (26.9 percent) after going 4-for-11 in its previous three games, went 0-for-5 with seven shots on goal. The Flyers didn’t get a shot after Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson was called for slashing with 1:06 remaining in the third period.

Pete Weber’s Postgame Report

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