Westwood Middle School running back Henry Garcia (no. 44) runs the ball against Middle Tennessee Christian School (Staff photo by Demarco Moore)

By Demarco Moore Westwood Middle School head football coach Chad Dyer wanted his team’s defense to reward the offense after a season-opening defeat to Forrest on Aug. 11 – and the Rockets did that and more Tuesday. Westwood (1-1) scored all 26 of its points in the first half of Tuesday’s game to defeat Middle Tennessee Christian School (1-1) 26-8 at Dyer-Bouldin Field in Manchester. The Rockets won the toss and scored on the first play from scrimmage – a 55-yard touchdown run by running back Reynaldo Ramirez – to jump out to an early 6-0 lead. Westwood’s Gavin Taylor intercepted M.T.C.S quarterback Hayes Watson’s pass, and running back Skylar Bratcher punched in a 5-yard touchdown four plays later to make it 12-0. Ramirez pinned M.T.C.S inside its own 20-yard line with one of several impressive directional kickoffs that he successfully kept inbounds along the sideline. Westwood’s defense forced a turnover on downs by the Cougars, and capped a quick 4-play, 46-yard drive  with a 44-yard reverse by running back Henry Garcia. A 2-point conversion stretched the Rocket lead to 20-0. The Rocket defense came up big with another 4th-down stop, and running back Trenton Thompson scored the last touchdown of the day for Westwood, a 28-yard run that made it 26-0. M.T.C.S scored a touchdown early in the 4th quarter in what’s known as “garbage time.” The Rockets have one day of rest before they travel to take on Cascade (0-1) Thursday, Aug. 18. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. Lady Raiders soccer wins season opener On a hot and humid Tuesday evening, the Coffee County Central Lady Raiders soccer team got off to a scorching start against the Smyrna Lady Bulldogs.

CHS goalie Holli Smithson -no. 30, had 11 saves against Smyrna -Staff photo by Demarco Moore

The Lady Raiders (1-0) defeated Smyrna (0-2) 3-1 in a non-district match that was called with 7:58 left after a grueling leg injury to one of the Lady Bulldog players. CHS Freshman Jenna Garretson scored the first goal in the 15th minute, and was assisted by senior MaKenzie Anderson. Senior Caitlyn Noore’s goal in the 22nd minute – assisted by sophomore Allie Amado – gave the Lady Raiders a 2-0 lead in the first half. Smyrna’s Ashley Barriers scored a goal in the 33rd minute to cut the Lady Raiders’ lead down 2-1, but junior Ashley Woods had a goal in the 34th minute that put the Lady Raiders ahead 3-1 before the match was called late in the second half. Senior Lady Raider Holli Smithson had 11 saves on the day. The Lady Raiders have a quick turnaround as they travel to take on Riverdale Thursday, Aug. 18. Opening kick is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. -Stats provided by Dennis Weaver, Thunder Radio Lady Raiders Volleyball opens the season 2-0 The Central Lady Raiders volleyball team dominated their competition yet again to begin the season 2-0. The Lady Raiders (2-0) left Shelbyville on Tuesday having won their second match of the season against the Lady Eagles in straight sets 3-0. The Lady Raiders cruised through each set 25-12, 25-16, 25-16, scoring 23 aces along the way. Junior Aerial Williams led the Lady Raiders with 7 aces of her own. The Lady Raiders will spend exactly one day preparing for their next match at home on Aug. 18 versus Tullahoma. Start time will be 6 p.m. –Stats provided