Two of Coffee County Middle School’s star rushers broke the 100-yard mark Tuesday against South Franklin. But the Red Raiders couldn’t find running room when they needed it most.
Despite 100-plus-yard performances from Alontae Taylor and DeAaron Rozier, the Raiders were stuffed on fourth-and-7 with 1:40 left to play and fell 20-14 to the South Franklin Trojans on homecoming night at Carden-Jarrell Field in Manchester.
“I felt like we left points on the field for sure,” said CCMS head coach Brock Freeze. “On the last drive we had momentum going our way running the [shot]gun with Taylor and Rozier. But Rozier twisted an ankle and came out for a few plays which basically killed the drive because we had to go back under center.”
The final drive lacked the drama Red Raider fans were hoping for after a double overtime win the previous week over Harris Middle School. The Raiders took the ball near midfield with 2:40 to play and trailing by six. But an incomplete pass from Taylor and two stuffed runs quickly ended the threat.
The Red Raiders’ next varsity game is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at North Franklin. The two teams’ junior varsities play at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Carden-Jarrell Field.
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