Red Raiders fall to Cavaliers in final moments

Defensive end Derrick Scott scoops up the Cavalier fumble for a defensive touchdown for the Red Raiders.

The Red Raiders travelled to Cookeville on Sept. 25 to take on the Cavaliers. The Raiders were coming off a win over Siegel and came out ready to play. 

Marshall Haney was the bell cow back for the Red Raiders as he carried the ball close to 25 times and scored two goal line touchdowns. Haney also made his presence known in the passing game as he caught key passes that pushed the Red Raiders down the field. 

A key moment came near the end of the first half as defensive end Derrick Scott recovered a fumble for a nearly 70-yard scoop and score that put the Raiders up 13 to 7 going into the half. 

The second half of the game was a back and forth as both teams forced lead changes against the other. Cookeville capped off one such scoring drive by eating up nearly five minutes of precious clock. Red Raider quarterback Conner Shemwell responded by calmly converting a fourth down with a clutch throw  over the middle to set up one of Haney's two touchdowns. 

Cookeville quickly responded to Coffee's fourth quarter heroism with heroics of their own as the team attacked the sidelines with passes and edge runs culminating in a touchdown score with less than two minutes left to play.

Shemwell got to work on the Cookville defense as he sent pass after pass to his wide receivers on the outside. The team was inching ever closer to the goal line and the feeling was that Coffee would be able to score last, until a pass over the middle was picked off by Cookeville ending the comeback attempt by the Red Raiders. Cookeville then went into victory formation to run out the clock with a score of the Cavaliers 20-Red Raiders 19. 

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