Brendan Sheppard

Brendan Sheppard runs the ball and looks to break past Whitworth-Buchanan defenders Thursday evening. 

Coffee County Middle School football continued to prepare for the 2019 season on Thursday, August 1. The Red Raiders hosted Whitworth-Buchanan for a scrimmage at the CMS practice field and won 21-12.

"I thought we did pretty good, we came out a little slow on the first couple plays," coach Bryan Morgan said. "Then we got our feet underneath us and we did some good things."

Both sides of the ball contributed to the Raiders' scoring effort. The first-string offense got to the end zone on both of its possessions, while the defense recovered a fumble for another touchdown. The defense also added a safety when it sacked the Whitworth-Buchanan quarterback in the end zone.

Overall, the first-string defense didn't give up a positive-yardage play.

"Blayne Myers, he was blowing up the middle, but I thought overall, our guys flew to the ball," Morgan said. "They made good tackles and they didn't give up any broken tackles and they all ran to the ball and tackled as a group."

After building up a 21-0 lead, the Raiders brought in their second-string team. Whitworth-Buchanan scored two touchdowns on the CMS second-string defense to finish the day with 12 points. 

Morgan commended the offensive play of mobile quarterback Cole Pippenger. He added that the team's passing and pass blocking was also notable.

"We hit our receivers on some slants and we caught them and broke one of them for a long touchdown," Morgan said.

Up next for CMS is the season opener on the road against Watertown on Tuesday, August 6. Morgan said the team would continue to work on various areas of the game to prepare for the Tigers.

"Just correct some things. Linemen, make sure they're blocking the right guy," Morgan explained.  "Just keep flowing as a defense, get to the right spots, get some depth."

Tuesday's kickoff at Watertown is set for 6:30 p.m.