Cole Pippenger

Cole Pippenger breaks off for a run Tuesday night against Warren County. Pippenger played a major role in helping the Raiders take control early in the first half. 

Earlier in the 2019 season, Coffee County Middle School football found itself in a 0-3 hole, including a loss to Chattanooga Baylor in the team's home opener.

Four weeks later, the Red Raiders completed a four-game win streak with a 29-8 win over Warren County Middle on Tuesday, September 17. The victory closed out the team's home schedule and gave CCMS a 4-3 overall record.

26 of the Raiders' points came in the first quarter alone, with the next three added in the second quarter.

"I think we played a good team game," Cole Pippenger said. "Everybody contributed good."

Pippenger played a large role in both the team's offense and defense, with multiple touchdowns and a fumble recovery in the second quarter. 

"Getting outside and a couple cuts inside," Pippenger said of his success. "Good blocking."

The Raiders jumped out to a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter. Later in the first, Pippenger ran into the end zone to make it a 13-0 lead with just over five minutes left on the clock. 

On Warren County's next possession, a CCMS fumble recovery set the Raiders up on the Pioneer 24-yard line. Pippenger carried the ball in for all 24 yards on third down to make it a 19-0 game with 4:30 left in the quarter. 

After another Warren County turnover again set the Raiders up in excellent position, Pippenger ran for another touchdown. A successful extra point kick from Ethan Hargrove made it a 26-0 game with 22 seconds left in the first. 

The Pioneers opened the second quarter on a long drive down the field. Near the CCMS end zone, the Raiders added another fumble recovery and started their offensive drive on their own 23-yard line. 

Later that same drive, Brendan Sheppard broke off for a 12-yard run to put CCMS on the Pioneer six with six seconds left in the quarter. Hargrove came out and knocked in a field goal to put the Raiders up 29-0 at halftime.

Coffee County's offense began to slow down in the second half, while Warren County began to play stronger defense.

With five seconds left in the third quarter on a Raider possession, the Pioneers pulled off a sack in the CCMS end zone for a safety. Still up 29-2 in the fourth, the Raiders again gave up points when a lateral pass was recovered by Warren County and returned to the end zone with 3:26 left in regulation. 

CCMS prevented a Pioneer two-point conversion and held on through the game's final minutes.