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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Coffee County runs wild over White County

Posted on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 8:03 am

Demarco Moore, Sports Writer 

SPARTA, Tenn. — Sophomore Hayden Skipper’s interception on the second play from the scrimmage helped get things off and running for the Coffee County Central High School football team.

The Red Raiders wouldn’t stop running, fueled by a rushing attack that produced all of 454 yards while pounding White County 63-6 in Friday night’s season finale for both teams.

Coffee County’s Cameron West (no. 17) tries to bat down a pass by Will Griggs (no. 20). (Staff photo by Demarco Moore)

Defensive nightmare

With White County (0-10 overall) already backed up in its own territory, Skipper jumped in front of Will Griggs’ pass and returned it to the 1-yard line. The interception set up an easy rushing touchdown for Alontae Taylor that put the Red Raiders ahead 6-0 only 53 seconds into the game.

Skipper and the Coffee County defense made the Warriors uncomfortable all night, recording 10 tackles for loss in the first half and picking off a total of four passes — two by junior Andrew Mahaffey.

The Red Raiders (3-7 overall) built a 35-6 lead by halftime, allowing only 48 yards of offense, 29 coming from Jayden Hicks on the Warriors’ lone touchdown run in the first quarter.

Carrying the load

Coffee County’s Alontae Taylor (no. 6) rushed for 300 yards and six touchdowns against White County. (Staff photo by Demarco Moore)

On the other side of the lopsided victory was Taylor, who rushed for 301 yards and six touchdowns on just 13 carries.

Taylor also housed the second-half kickoff for his seventh touchdown of the game.

Find an extended story with quotes and stats in the Nov. 1 print edition of the Manchester Times. 

Reach Demarco Moore at dmoore@manchestertimes.com, and follow him on Twitter @iam__demo