Coffee County Middle School football traveled down to Tullahoma on Monday, August 12, for its second game of the season. The Raiders kept it close, but a late Tullahoma touchdown sealed a 14-6 loss in the rivalry game.
"We had our chances, we just couldn't stick it in on offense," Coach Bryan Morgan said. "Tough loss again."
The defeat followed a close 16-14 loss at Watertown the week before in the season opener. Both games saw the Raiders down 8-6 at halftime with chances to take the lead.
"Right now we're struggling to finish off drives," Morgan said. "We're gonna get back to it tomorrow, watch film, see what we've gotta do."
Tullahoma got on the board first in the second quarter. Just over a minute into the quarter, the Raiders had marched down to the Wildcat 25-yard line. The drive ended when quarterback Jackson Shemwell threw an interception that was brought back for an 85-yard pick six. A two-point conversion made it an 8-0 Tullahoma lead.
Later in the second, the Wildcats regained the ball on a CMS fumble. After a pair of impressive tackles, Blayne Myers picked up a Tullahoma fumble for a 40-yard Raider touchdown with 2:17 left. A failed two-point conversion kept CMS down by two at halftime.
The Raider defense continued to make big plays in the second half. In the third quarter, Ethan Hargrove recovered a fumble, then followed with a 52-yard interception to put CMS on the Tullahoma eight-yard line. The offense was unable to capitalize and a missed 33-yard field goal kept the team down by two.
It remained a two-point game until Tullahoma quarterback Evan Tomlin broke out for a 74-yard touchdown run with 1:06 left on the clock. The Raiders put together one final drive that saw impressive gains from Cole Pippenger on the run and a reception from Jacob Barlow.
The drive came up short around the Tullahoma 30-yard line and ended in a second interception.
"Overall, I thought the defense kept us in the game," Morgan said. "For the longest, it was 8-6, so I thought overall the defense did good, we've just got to finish drives."
Pippenger finished the game with 105 total offensive yards. Shemwell threw for 44 yards on 5-10 passing. Shemwell also rushed for 22 yards.