The Coffee County Red Raiders fumbled away their chance at the season’s first
Staff photo by Nick Trail- Justin Smith attempts to tackle White County's Kayne Tollison during Friday night's game.
win as CHS fell to the winless White County Warriors 12-7 Friday night in Manchester.
“We have to come out fired up and ready to play every game,” stated CHS head coach Lee Davis. “The Tullahoma game was such an emotionally charged game and we needed to have that energy tonight, unfortunately it wasn’t there.”
Trailing 12-7, with 5:50 remaining in the contest, CHS quarterback Peyton Meeker completed a 46-yard strike to Jesse Brown, giving the Raiders excellent field position at the White County 34-yard line.
Coffee County’s next two plays resulted in a loss of four yards. Meeker coughed up the ball attempting to scramble on a 3rd and 14 play. White County recovered the ball and was able to chew up the remaining clock for the victory.
“I really thought when Jesse caught that ball that we would score on that drive,” stated Meeker. “We have to learn to finish drives without turning the ball over.”
The Raiders (0-4 overall, 0-1 District 6-AAA) took a slim 7-6 lead into the half on an eight-play drive that concluded with a 13-yard strike from Meeker to Brown for a touchdown. David Morgan’s extra point gave the Red Raiders their first lead with 0:35 left.
Meeker finished 13of 22 for 157 yards with one touchdown and an interception
The lead would be short lived as the CHS offense struggled to gain yardage in the second half. Coffee County ended the night with just 197 yards of total offense, 53 of which came in the second half.
White County scored the go-ahead touchdown on its opening possession of the second half, facing a fourth and 14 situation after a holding penalty on the Red Raider 39 yard line.
Running back Blake Lynn’s pass to Ben Howard was tipped by CHS defensive back Hunter Smithson. Howard caught the pass to bring the ball to the Raider 2-yard line. Receiver Jake Young plowed in on the next play of scrimmage from two yards out, giving the Warriors a lead they would never relinquish with 6:51 remaining in the third quarter.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Warriors claimed a 6-0 lead as Kayne Tollison scampered 26 yards for a touchdown on White Count’s first possession of the second quarter, giving the Warriors a 6-0 with 9:12 remaining in the second quarter.
Coffee County will step out of district play next week to face Independence High School. Game time is set for 7 p.m. in Manchester.