Red Raiders lose hard fought battle to Pioneers.

Matthew Pittman picks up the Warren County fumble for the score.

The Red Raiders had a tough game on their hands for homecoming on Oct. 16 as the undefeated Warren County Pioneers traveled to Coffee County. 

The game was rougher than normal as both teams had a plethora of unsportsmanlike penalties called on them, both on offense and defense. 

This may have stemmed from the Red Raider opening drive where running back Konor Heaton appeared to have been down by contact in the end zone but a Pioneer defender picked up the ball and scored instead. Fans and coaches alike were flabbergasted at how this occurred and so far there hasn't been a concrete answer on if Heaton was down or not. Either way tensions were high after this reversal of fortune for the Red Raiders. 

Offensively, the Red Raiders had some trouble getting into rhythm. Whether it was the cold or the Pioneers defense is unclear but Coffee County had some trouble moving the ball down the field all night.

Defense and special teams were no trouble at all for the Red Raiders though. All three of the Red Raiders touchdowns came from these phases of the game with a CJ Anthony kickoff return, a Tristan Galey interception return, and a Matthew Pittman scoop and score. It wasn't quite enough though as the Red Raiders fell 19-35 to the Pioneers. The Red Raiders travel to Oakland next week to take on the Patriots.