Three touchdowns in the first 7 offensive plays, and a punt return for a touchdown on their next possession gave the Coffee County Middle School Raider football team a 30 to 0 lead after 1 quarter as they opened their season on Tuesday night with a 38 to 8 win over Whitwell. In a game broadcast on Thunder Radio, the Raiders rolled up 113 yards of offense in the first half. The Red and Black defense forced a turnover and held Whitwell to 4 yards of offense in the first half in the convincing win. Hayden Skipper scored the first of his 2 first quarter touchdowns from 21 yards out on the 2nd play of the game and Blanton Brown scampered 9 yards on a quarterback keeper in the 2nd possession to give the Raiders all the points they would need.
Brandon Jernigan had a pair of 2 point conversions to make it 16 to 0 with 3:25 left in the first quarter. Both Brown and Skipper added touchdowns as Skipper got a 30 TD run while Brown returned a punt 43 yards to put the game on ice after 8 minutes. JT Bush added a 2nd half touchdown run from 14 yards out and Tanner Hulvey and Adam Petty added 2 point conversions on the night for the Red Raiders.
Whitwell’s lone score came on an 81 yard run by Cole Burns in the 3rd quarter. Even with the 81 yard run, the Raider defense held Whitwell to 99 yards of total offense on the evening. Coffee County finished the night with 233 yards of offense and committed no turnovers. The Raiders were also whistled for only 3 penalties on the night as Coach Brock Freeze was able to rest a lot of starters in the second half.
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For their outstanding play, Skipper and Brown were named the Thunder Radio Co-Players of the Game. With the win, Coffee County opens the season with a record of 1 and 0. The Red Raiders will take off next Tuesday before returning to the gridiron on Tuesday, August 25th as they open conference play at Tullahoma. The battle of rivals will take place at Wilkins Stadium with kickoff set for 6:30 PM.