Alontae Taylor scored a pair of touchdowns on quarterback keepers and DeAaron Rozier bolted 70 yards on an inside trap play to lead the Coffee County Red Raider football team to a 3 to 1 win over Franklin County on Thursday night. “The effort was there, that is the most glaring thing from last season,” said Coach Ryan Sulkowski following the scrimmage which closed their 10 day spring football session. The visiting Rebels #2 squad did manage a score against the Coffee County reserves highlighting Sulkowski’s major concern coming out of spring camp. “Depth is always an issue at the high school level but it is something we will work on,” added Sulkowski. The Red Raider defense was also singled out by Sulkowski. “I could not be happier with the progress of our defense.” A pair of costly penalties and a pair of turnovers kept the score closer and will give Coffee County some things to emphasis in the summer program prior to the start of “big boy ball.”
Sulkowski was complimentary of several Red Raiders efforts this spring including Jacoby Lowe and Reece Pratt in the offensive line. The return of Tyrese McGee on defense “will help us in a major way” and Malik Scott was lauded as a bright spot as a Coffee County newcomer this spring. The Red Raiders will take off until June 1st before beginning summer workouts, but Coach Sulkowski thinks the team members will work independently to maintain their off season gains. When asked about how pleased he was with the physical dominance that Coffee County exhibited, Sulkowski was offered up praise for the work ethic in the weight room. “It is a testament to how hard our kids work in the weight room every day.” The Red Raiders open the regular season on August 21st as they host Tullahoma for the annual Coffee Pot game.