Red Raider Football Season Ends at Science Hill

Alontae Taylor eludes a Science Hill tackler in action on Friday (Photo by Jay Bailey - Manchester Times)

Alontae Taylor eludes a Science Hill tackler in action on Friday (Photo by Jay Bailey – Manchester Times)

Four touchdowns from Alontae Taylor were not enough to lift Coffee County to an upset of Science Hill as the Red Raiders season ended with a 52 to 26 loss in the first round of the TSSAA playoffs on Friday night. The Hilltoppers scored on their first 2 possessions on a pair of 3 play drives to take an early 14 to 0 lead. Taylor got his first touchdown with 94 seconds left in the first period in a 31 yard scamper. Taylor’s 4th touchdown came on a 19 yard run and the ensuing Mill Harner 2 point conversion made the score 38 to 26 with 9 minutes remaining. Science Hill tacked on a pair of late touchdowns to make the score look a little more lopsided.

Taylor rushed 25 times for 168 yards and completed 4 of 8 passes for another 118 yards to lead the Coffee County offense. Mill Harner rushed 19 times for 70 yards for the Red Raiders and Boone Riddle had 2 pass receptions for 98 yards. Taylor was named the Farm Bureau/Thunder Radio Player of the Game. Coffee County finished the year with a record of 3 and 8.