Red Raider Football Claims a Pair of Scrimmage Wins on Friday

Coffee County's Deaaron Rozier (#1) cuts the ball upfield on Friday night against Grundy County

Coffee County’s Deaaron Rozier (#1) cuts the ball upfield on Friday night against Grundy County

“Thunder and Lightning” came to Grundy County on Friday night in the form of the Red Raider football team. The Coffee County Central High School team competed in their first scrimmage action of the year as the Red Raiders defeated Grundy County and Bledsoe County in the 3 way scrimmage. Between the inside running of Mill Harner and Gavin Husted(Thunder) and the outside speed of Tyrese McGee, Malik Scott and Deaaron Rozier(Lightning) the Raiders were able to put up 2 touchdowns on Grundy County and one touchdown on Bledsoe County in claiming the 2 wins. The Coffee County defense was spectacular as they forced 2 turnovers and held the 2 squads to 70 yards on 28 offensive snaps. Each team was given 10 offensive plays and them a 1st and 10 series with which to try to score.
In the opening contest with Grundy County, the Red Raider defense held Grundy County to 27 total yards in capturing the 2 to 0 win. McGee scored on the first play of Coffee County’s offensive set on a 60 yard sweep and Harner added a 5 yard TD run to cap the 1st and 10 series for the Raiders. In Coffee County’s 17 offensive plays, the Raiders gained 179 yards without a turnover. Alontae Taylor was 3 for 5 through the air for 45 yards.
Bledsoe County opened the 2nd scrimmage with 3 rushes for 26 yards before defensive coordinator Matt Mueller made the necessary adjustments to hold Bledsoe to 17 yards the rest of the scrimmage. The Coffee County defense got a pair of sacks against Bledsoe, one by Jacoby Lowe and the other by Deaaron Rozier. The Raiders stopped Bledsoe on their fourth down conversion attempt to prevent both teams from getting a first down. Offensively, Coffee County was stymied in their 10 play series before taking their 1st and 10 series down the field covering 70 yards in 12 plays. Taylor rushed for 31 yards in the drive while Husted added 21 yards on 2 carries and McGee caught a 4 yard TD pass to cap the drive and send Coffee County home with the sweep.
After the game, CHS head coach Ryan Sulkowski was happy with his team’s intensity. “I was happy with our defense, Matt did a good job of adjusting to their scheme and shutting (Bledsoe County) down after those first 3 plays. The kids are working hard, we wanted to focus on finding depth and having correct assignments tonight and we were able to do that” added Sulkowski. “Our goal is to have 4 fresh running backs in the 2nd half and our ‘Thunder and Lightning’ combination will provide a great change of pace.” The Raiders return to the practice field on Monday as they prepare for a Friday Jamboree battle with Spring Hill at Forrest High School. That game is set to kick off at 8:50 PM in Chapel Hill.