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For the second straight week the Central High School Red Raiders football squad kept the game close for the first half, only to see it slip away in the second. Friday the Raiders lost 42-21 to the Lawrence County Wildcats at Carden-Jarrell Field.
Coffee County started strong early in the first quarter when quarterback Peyton Meeker, back to full speed following a neck injury, found Chris Vaughn for a 33-yard reception just short of a touchdown. Three plays later freshman Reece Pratt carried the ball two yards for a touchdown. On the kickoff Coffee County kept the momentum when David Morgan’s pooch kick was recovered by Coffee County’s Mitchell Simpson.
The CHS defense contained Lawrence County for the rest of the quarter, and David Keith’s first of two interceptions kept the momentum in Coffee County’s favor.
In the second quarter Lawrence County managed three touchdowns, but Coffee County kept it close with a 32-yard field goal by Morgan and a 49-yard touchdown reception by Vaughn. At halftime the Raiders trailed by a touchdown, 21-15.
In the third quarter, however, the Wildcats made adjustments to contain Coffee County’s slant offense. Lawrence County held the Raiders scoreless for most of the second half before Meeker connected with freshman Garrett Eldridge for a 12-yard touchdown reception with 20 seconds to go. For their part, the Wildcats turned on their running machine to score three more touchdowns and put the game effectively out of reach.
The district loss moves Coffee County’s record to 0-5 overall and 0-2 in District 8-AAA.
Next week the Raiders travel to Cumberland County to take on Stone Memorial.
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