By Ed Greif
The Coffee County Central Red Raiders scored three touchdowns in the first 3:33 of the second half to break open a one-point game (14-13) to post a 42-19 victory over the CCHS Jets Friday night on Holder Field.
The Red Raiders led 14-13 at the half and converted Jet turnovers into a 21-0 run to swell the lead to 35-13 and went on to post the victory.
"We showed flashes brightness. We'd take three steps forward and take seven steps backward," said Jet Coach Ted McCaslin, whose team fell to 0-9 overall and 0-3 in District 6AAA.
The Red Raiders opened the game by recovering an on-side kick at the Jet 33-yard. Payton Meeker connected on a 33-yard pass to DeAngelo Rozier for a 6-0 lead, but the PAT was no good.
Coffee County dominated the first quarter rushing for 53 yards on 14 carries, while Meeker completed five of six passes for 72 yards to five different receivers. Rozier rushed for 35 yards on seven carries.
CCHS just had 18 total yards (nine rushing yards on four carries and one of three passes for nine yards with one interception.
The Jet defense led by Ethan Cunningham, A. J. Dick, Roger Gentry, Dylan Oakes, Trey McCloud, Jarrod Lee, Frank Lancianese, Jordan Mackie, Tyler Rollins and Tyler Norris.
Afer holding the Raiders on downs at the Jet 24, the Jet offense drove the distance six plays to tie the score at 6-6 with 9:11 left in the half. Lee's PAT made it 7-6. The big play was a 71-yard run by Dorian Holt. Eric Telles carried the ball three times for 14 yards.
The Red Raiders wasted no time re-taking the lead, as they drove 60 yards in eight plays to score on a six-yard run by Rozier. Meeker passed to Jeffery Simmons for the two-point conversion and a 14-7 lead.
Dustin Boles recovered a short kick at the Jet 48; however, the Jets would be stopped on downs at the Coffee County 30-line, aided by four penalties for 25 yards.
On the first play after a Raider penalty, Meeker was tackled for a 10-yard loss by Mackie, causing a fumble which was recovered by Oakes. Two plays later, Norris raced 10 yards for the touchdown with 2:42 left in the half. Lee's PAT was no good.
CCHS dominated the second quarter, rushing for 129 yards on 13 carries, including the 71 yard run by Holt, 25 yards on five carries by Telles and 20 yards on five carries by Buckner. who completed two of six passes for 40 yards.
Coffee County rushed for 22 yards on nine carries and completed five of 10 passes for 72 yards.
The Red Raiders scored on the opening posession of the third quarter, on a Rozier's 65-yard run with 11:30 remaining, but the PAT was no good.
A score kickoff return by Telles gave the Jets the ball at their 43, but Brewer fumbled on a 10-yard loss, giving the ball to the visitors. Three plays later, Simmons scored from 13 yards out for a 26-13 lead. The two-point conversion made it 28-13 with 10 minutes left in the quarter.
CCHS took over at midfield, but three players later Buckner was picked off by Bradley Tobitt. Meeker passed nine yards to Jesse Brown for a 34-13 lead, after 31-yard run by Dalton Carter. The PAT made it 35-13.
CCHS' running game moved the ball into Red Raider territory, but another fumble stopped the drive. Telles, Buckner and Holt toted the ball, while Buckner completed two passes to Telles for 15 yards.
Coffee County then drove 80-yards in 13 plays to take a 41-13 lead with 11:08 left in the contest. Meeker passed 35 yards to Brown. The PAT made it 42-13.
Another Jet fumble gave the Red Raiders the ball at the Jet 30, but the Jet defense bowed its neck and held the visitors on downs at the Jet 24.
CCHS drove the 76 yards in 13 plays to score on Colton Dykes one-yard run with 2:30 left in the game, but the two-point conversion was no good.
Coffee County used their running attack to close out the game.
Telles rushed for 107 yards on 18 carries, caught two passes for 15 yards and returned two kicks for 18 yards for 140 all-purpose yards, while Holt had 85 yards on three carries. Buckner rushed for 19 yards on 14 carries and completed five of 12 passes for 64 yards with two interceptions.
CCHS has an open date this week, and will close out the season Oct. 26 against White County on senior night.