Conner Shemwell

Quarterback Conner Shemwell in the pocket looking for an opportunity. Shemwell finished the night with nine passes for 65 yards.

The Red Raiders football team traveled to Murfreesboro Friday night to battle the Riverdale Warriors. Despite putting up 144 yards on offense the Red Raiders were unable to reach the end zone in a 48-0 rout.

"Offensively I think we did some better things tonight compared to last week," Associate Head Coach Matthew Mueller said. "We dropped some balls early in the first half, had the turnover and things and that kind of slowed us down when we're actually getting some momentum."

Coach Ryan Sulkowski was unable to attend the game due to a family situation, putting Coach Mueller in charge for the evening.

Coffee County put together some impressive plays at various points throughout the game and were more passing-oriented than previous weeks. Issues with capitalizing on big gains and third-down conversions ultimately were a problem for the young team.

"Conner can throw the football. We had some guys make some really good catches," Coach Mueller said. "Maybe we've found something. For two games left to go maybe we've found something going forward."

Riverdale wasted no time getting on the board. On their first drive the Warriors found a touchdown and continued to run up the lead from there. The Raiders defense was able to slow down the Warriors with an interception from Marshal Haney early in the second quarter. The offense was unable to convert a first down and the Raiders found themselves in a 27-0 hole at halftime.

In the second half Coffee County was able to put some nice offensive plays together. Highlights included a 16-yard pass from Conner Shemwell to Weston Hargrove in the third quarter and a long 23-yard run on fourth down from Andrew Mahaffey in the fourth quarter. 

These plays and others were not enough to get the Raiders to the end zone. Two sacks and an interception came at Coffee County's expense in the second half while Riverdale scored three more touchdowns in the rout.

Despite the loss Coach Mueller remained optimistic based on the improvements in different areas during the game.

"I told the seniors tonight you're down to eight quarters of football in high school," Coach Mueller said. "We've got to keep it going. 

Staff Writer

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