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MOORE’S 4: Red Raiders set up for success in season finale

Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 1:03 pm

Demarco Moore, Sports Writer 

After a long grind that started back in the spring for most teams, another regular season in high school football comes to a close on Friday.

Many teams are still fighting for their playoff lives, while others will be using week 11 as a spring board before beginning the road to the annual BlueCross Bowl in Cookeville.

Coffee County Central was eliminated from playoff contention after its week 9 loss to Riverdale, and ends its 2017 campaign with a road trip to Sparta to take on the winless White County Warriors.

Here a four things to watch for in the Red Raiders season finale:

1. Expect points 

It’s no surprise that White County is a struggling football program, as evidence of its record this season and points per game differential.

The Warriors have allowed 435 points this season (48.3 per game), while having only scored a total of 34.

The Red Raiders have the talent on both sides of the football to turn this into their third win of the season.

Coffee County Central junior Andrew Mahaffey (no. 7) runs through Siegel defenders. Mahaffey rushed for 88 yards and two touchdowns against the Stars. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

2. Igniting the offense 

Despite the tough loss to Siegel last week, Coffee County totaled 389 yards of offense for its best offensive performance since week 2 against Tullahoma.

It was a true running back by committee effort by the Red Raiders, and one White County can expect on Friday night.

If the Red Raiders build off the great performance they had on the ground, and eliminate the mistakes, expect another big night.

3. Senior send off

This will be the final game for the class of 2018, the first full group of four-year seniors for head coach Ryan Sulkowski and his staff.

It’s sure to be an emotional night for all involved, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see a lot of trickery, fun plays and opportunities for the seniors to get the ball in their hands.

4. Bridge the gap to 2018

There will undoubtedly be a lot of turnover on the field for the Red Raiders, with a large number of starters graduating in May.

It’ll be interesting to see which underclassman, if any, get an opportunity against White County with a look ahead to next season.

If the game gets out of hand, be on the lookout for the young cavalry.

GAMEDAY GUIDE

Who: Coffee County Red Raiders (2-7 overall; 1-5 Region 3 Class 6A) at White County Warriors (0-9 overall; 0-6 Region 5 Class 5A)

When: Friday, Oct. 27

Time: 7 p.m.

Where: White County High School, 267 Allen Drive Sparta, Tenn. 38583

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