Red Raiders win nail biter in opening game

The CHS football team had a strong showing in their opening game against Franklin on Aug. 22. The team scored on their opening drive in large part due to the efforts of Quarterback Conner Shemwell and Halfback Marshall Haney. The team’s defense was able to keep Franklin from scoring any points during the first quarter, with the defensive line smothering any attempts to break a run off to the outside. 

Shemwell and company were able to find the endzone two more times in the second quarter, but Franklin found success passing the ball with deep shots into the endzone as their receivers bound past the Red Raider secondary. Special teams kept the game in the Red Raiders favor however, as Franklin had their extra point attempt waved off due to illegal procedure. 

Technical issues marred the third quarter. The field lights suddenly went dim leading to a nearly 40-minute intermission while the maintenance crew attempted to fix the issue. This shifted the momentum to Franklin county as the team was able to pick off a deflected pass for a touchdown. The Red Raider defense stepped up for the two-point conversion attempt stopping Franklin from even making it past the line of scrimmage.

With the game hanging on a razor’s edge, the Red Raiders had a litany of heroic plays in the final quarter. On more than one occasion Shemwell willed his team forward to keep drives going, with one particular example being a busted-up play that he extended with his legs before making a jump pass to his receiver at the first down marker. The Red Raider defense ultimately had the final decision for how the game would end. Franklin began to have offensive momentum and were nearly in field goal range to put their team up one. Franklin attempted some trickery by throwing the ball behind the sticks to catch the Red Raiders off guard. The Raiders did not fall for it burying the would-be receiver five yards behind the line. This took all the wind out from Franklin’s sails as the team then committed multiple penalties knocking them out of field goal range. This allowed Coffee County to run out the clock earning them a 21-19 victory.

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