Central High School football returned home to Carden-Jarrell Field on Friday, August 30, to take on Tullahoma in the 94th edition of the Coffee Pot rivalry game. The Red Raiders were unable to find a touchdown in a 35-0 rout at the hands of the Wildcats.
"I thought our kids played hard. I thought the defense played really well, they were on the field all night," Coach Doug Greene said. "We made too many mistakes offensively. We'd get something going and then we just made a lot of mistakes."
This was the third straight Coffee Pot loss for the Raiders, with their last victory in 2016 by a score of 49-10. Friday's matchup also featured the return of the Great American Rivalry series to the game for the first time since 2017.
A week removed from an impressive effort at Franklin County, the CHS offense was held to 97 yards throughout all four quarters of its home opener. Despite solid runs from players such as Marshall Haney, the Raider offense struggled to put together longer drives over the course of the game.
"We just weren't blocking, it's simple as that," Greene explained. "We were missing some blocks, which we didn't do last week."
Despite the final score, Greene added that certain areas, such as the team's kicking game, showed improvement.
"We did a lot of good things, took care of the ball," Greene said. "There were a lot of good things there, we just couldn't put three plays together."
Tullahoma got on the board with 22 seconds left in the first quarter. With six minutes left in the first half, the Wildcats added another touchdown to take a 14-0 lead into the break.
CHS continued to fall farther behind in the third quarter when Tullahoma quarterback Ben Fulton punched in a three-yard touchdown to put the Wildcats up by 21. Two more Tullahoma touchdowns brought the game to its final score.
"We just didn't execute, we had our chances, but we didn't execute the way we needed to," Haney said. "We need to work on the way we block, we need to work on the way we run, the way that we catch, the way we do our special teams, just everything."
As part of the Great American Rivalry series, CHS senior Corey Walker received the Raiders’ Great American Rivalry academic scholarship on Friday.
The Raiders remain at home next Friday, September 6, to take on Blackman. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m.