450 yards of total offense and a pair of interceptions lifted the Coffee County Red Raider football team to a 41 to 29 win over Walker Valley on Friday night in Cleveland. A weather delay of almost 90 minutes in the first quarter put the completion of the game in doubt. Lightning in the area forced the teams off the field with the Mustangs leading 3 to 0 with 3:30 left in the first quarter. Coffee County, who was driving at the time of the delay, came back out of the break and scored a TD on the first play after the delay. Alontae Taylor raced 16 yards to give Coffee County a 6 to 3 lead. The teams traded touchdowns in the 2nd quarter and a late Walker Valley field goal gave the Mustangs a 13 to 12 lead at the half.
Taking the 2nd half kickoff, Mill Harner raced 45 yards to cap a short Raider drive with 10:56 left in the 3rd quarter and a Tyrese McGee 2 point conversion gave the Raiders a 20 to 13 lead. From that point, Coffee County would not trail again. The Mustangs tied it on their next possession before Coffee County scored 3 straight touchdowns to build a 41 to 20 lead early in the 4th quarter. After a Walker Valley touchdown, the Raiders defense got their 2nd interception of the night by Gavin Husted in the final 2 minutes to seal the win.
Harner rushed 30 times for 190 yards and 2 second half touchdowns. Taylor finished the night with 22 carries for 178 yards and 2 touchdowns himself. McGee rushed 4 times for 22 yards and a TD plus the 2 point conversion. Jacob Lowe earned the Thunder Radio/Farm Bureau Player of the Game honor.
Coffee County returns home on Friday night as they host Riverdale in the “Pink Out” game. Farm Bureau Insurance is sponsoring the event of the night by purchasing pink jerseys for the football team to wear during the game. All other participants of the night such as the cheerleaders, dance team members, and band members will also be sporting pink for the night. Fans are encouraged to participate by purchasing the t-shirt designed for the event. Anyone wishing to purchase a shirt can contact any Coffee County CHS FBLA member or contact the high school at 931.723.5164 or 931.723.5159. All proceeds from the shirts will be donated to the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition to assist breast cancer patients in Coffee County.