In true homecoming fashion, the Raiders came ready to play and were crowned victorious against North Franklin on Tuesday night.
The win was thanks to a last-minute touchdown by Caleb Booth, who pushed his way through to give Coffee County a 14-6 lead.
North Franklin took the first possession of the game. A fumble by Gators running back Eric Jones gave Coffee County the ball with 4:29 on the clock. The Raiders were unable to capitalize on the turnover, going three-and-out.
The game remained scoreless into the second quarter. In a lucky break for CMS, North Franklin missed opportunities off a couple of incomplete passes from Gator Quarterback CJ Seals.
The Raiders regained possession at the 4:48 mark and started their drive with a 4-yard carry by Cole Pippenger. Back-to-back offside penalties cost Coffee County and they soon found themselves in a 4th-and-1 situation on North's 46 yard line. A clutch 6-yard run from Caleb Booth kept the Raiders' offense alive, but they failed to convert another fourth down at North's 20 to go into the half still scoreless.
Coffee County started to find their rhythm early in the second half. Less than two minutes into the third quarter Cole Pippenger ran 51 yards to get the Raiders on the board first with a two-point conversion right after. Pippenger, a sixth grader, hadn't seen much playing time on offense before tonight.
"He'd been starting on defense and he's too good of an athlete. We wanted to see what he could do and he did great," Coach Brian Morgan said.
North Franklin responded near the end of the quarter off a 43-yard touchdown run by Eric Jones. The Gators were unable to convert their two-point attempt, giving Coffee County an 8-6 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
After a couple of uneventful possessions for both teams, the Red Raiders got an insurance touchdown with 2:04 left in the game. Just three yards shy of the end zone, Caleb Booth scraped his way in to give Coffee County the win.
"It was a defensive battle tonight," Coach Morgan said. "Our guys- they showed up, they played hard."