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With a win in front of them, the Coffee County Red Raiders stepped on the gas and never looked back Friday night in Crossville.
Taking a slim 14-13 lead into halftime, Coffee County finally broke through offensively to start the second half, scoring two touchdowns in the first two minutes and three in the first three and a half minutes to blow out Cumberland County 42-19 and get their first win of the season.
“It feels great to finally get the first win after all our hard work,” said junior quarterback Peyton Meeker, who put together a 14-19 performance for 197 yards and a pair of touchdown passes – both to Jesse Brown.
The win marked the first of the season for Coffee County (1-7 overall 1-2 District 6-AAA) and sent Cumberland County to 0-9. Despite the win, Coffee County has been mathematically eliminated from the TSSAA football playoffs and will miss the postseason for the first time since 2008.
“We don’t have anything to lose going into these final two weeks,” added Meeker.
Friday night in Crossville, it was almost as if seven weeks of frustration came out in one second half thumping.
Coffee County opened the second half in much the same fashion it opened the game – with a Deangelo Rozier touchdown. Rozier took the first play of the half and galloped 65 yards for a score on a toss sweep.
Rozier opened the game with a 34-yard score on the first play after the Raiders recovered an onside kick to put CHS up 6-0. He finished with 157 yards on 17 totes and three scores.
“Rozier only had one play after halftime,” said CHS coach Lee Daivs. “He had a hip pointer.”
Read the complete game story in this week’s (Oct. 17) print edition of the Manchester Times.