Raiders Fall in Emotional Regular Season Finale

Coffee County and Siegel teams meet at midfield to pray for injured Siegel play Baylor Bramble following the first play of the game.

Coffee County and Siegel teams meet at midfield to pray for injured Siegel play Baylor Bramble following the first play of the game. (Photo by Dustin Murray)

In a game atmosphere unlike a normal Friday night, the Coffee County Red Raider football team saw an emotional Siegel team claim a 45 to 26 win on Friday night in Murfresboro. The game began with a tribute to Siegel junior Baylor Bramble, who wears number 33 and who has been in critical condition for the past week at Vanderbilt after suffering a head injury in the Warren County game. With only 10 players on the field, the Stars kicked off, and Vanderbilt commit Alontae Taylor ran up to the 33-yard line and downed the ball there. Taylor took a knee on the first snap of the game as the public address announcer credited Bramble with the stop. At that point, both teams met in the middle of the field for a prayer for Bramble.
Coffee County scored first as Taylor scored from 11 yards out to give the Raiders a 6 to 0 lead with 6:32 remaining in the first quarter. Siegel’s Greedy Howse scored the first of his 4 touchdowns 59 seconds later to put the Stars on top 7 to 6, only to see Coffee County’s Mill Harner gallop 49 yards for a touchdown to end the first quarter with a score of 12 to 7 in favor of the Raiders.
The game’s turning point occurred late in the first half as Siegel scored 2 touchdowns in the final 85 seconds of the first half to give Siegel a 28 to 12 halftime lead. A second TD from Mill Harner and a 51 yard TD reception by Tyrese McGee in the second half were not enough to overcome a Siegel offense that rolled up 470 total yards. Harner finished the game with 21 carries for 140 yards and 2 TD’s to earn the Farm Bureau/Thunder Radio Player of the Game honor. Taylor rushed 22 times for 103 yards and a rushing and passing touchdown as Coffee County piled up 380 yards of total offense on the game.
With the loss, Coffee County will finish as the 7th seed in Region 2-6A and will be forced to travel for Round #1 of the TSSAA playoffs. The Raiders begin playoff competition on Friday night as they travel to Johnson City to take on Science Hill. That game will kick off at 6:00 PM CST and Thunder Radio will have the broadcast of that game beginning with the pregame show at 5:45.