It took the Central High School Red Raiders a quarter to get up to speed against Franklin County Friday, but that first quarter was enough time for Franklin County to score the three touchdowns that decided the game.
The Raiders defense was keying on Rebels powerhouse running back D.J. Samuels, who had gained more than 300 yards in each of two games earlier this season. CHS held Samuels to 118 yards on 22 carries, but in the mean time Franklin County’s A.J. Blackwell scored a touchdown and averaged nearly 10 yards per carry on 16 totes.
By the end of the first quarter Samuels had scored two touchdowns and Blackwell one. With 16 seconds to go in the half Coffee County quarterback Peyton Meeker connected to Chris Vaughn in the end zone. The two point conversion was no good to put the score at 21-6 at half time.
Near the top of the third quarter Rebels quarterback Whitson Moore ran for Franklin County’s final touchdown, and the kick made the score 28-6. Coffee County fought back, holding Franklin Couny for the rest of the game and scoring again as Cole Hawkins caught a pass from Meeker and ran it nearly 60 yards for a touchdown with 4:27 to go in the third quarter. On the two-point conversion Meeker again connected with Vaughn.
Both defenses held in the fourth quarter, which froze Franklin County’s two-touchdown lead.
The district loss for Coffee County lowers the Red Raiders record to 0-7. Franklin County improves to 3-4.