The first football win of the season was in reach of the Coffee County Central High School Red Raiders Friday, but the Stone Memorial Panthers snatched the lead late in the fourth quarter and held on to win 16-14.
The Raiders pulled out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter and took a 14-7 advantage into halftime. Stone came back with a field goal in the second half and threatened to take the lead with a stripped ball and run into the endzone with around nine minutes to go in the fourth quarter. The Panthers were flagged for an illegal block, however, and the Raiders’ goal line defense soon forced Stone to turn over the ball on downs two yards short of the goal.
Coffee County was unable to dig out of deep in their own territory, however, and were forced to punt. With around five minutes to play the Raiders were again forced into a goal line situation and held the Panthers for three downs before a fourth-and-one quarterback sneak put the Panthers up 16-14 with 1:58 to go. David Keith blocked the extra point attempt, however, to keep Coffee County within a field goal of Stone.
The Raiders tried to pass down field but failed to convert on fourth down with 1:28 to go. With only one timeout remaining Coffee County was unable to stop Stone Memorial from running out the clock.
The loss drops Coffee County’s record to 0-6 for the year. The team is off next week.