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FOOTBALL: Raiders fall to top ranked Patriots 28-14

Red Raider quarterback Cole Pippenger fights through a tackle, and a apparent facemask, Friday night, Sept. 9, 2022 at Page High School. -- Photo by Holly Peterson, Thunder Radio | Thunder The Magazine

Coffee County Central outscored the top ranked Page Patriots 14-7 in the second half.

But it wasn’t enough to overcome a poor start.

The Raiders fell behind 21-0 on the road Friday night and tried to scrap back, but ultimately lost 28-14 at Page High School (no. 1 Class 5A).

After falling behind 21-0, the Raiders showed signs of life early in the second half. After forcing a page Turnover on downs inside the 10 yard line, the Raiders went 98 yards in just 3 minutes, capped with a 10-yard touchdown run by Cole Pippenger to cut into the deficit at 21-7.

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The Raiders forced back-to-back Page punts with a chance to get the game within one possession, but were never able to get on the board again until the final seconds. Konor Heaton capped a long fourth quarter drive to give the Raiders their final score with under 30 seconds to play in the game.

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The first half struggles the Raiders faced were all against the Page passing attack. The Patriots aired the ball out all night. Quarterback Colin Hurd was 27-of-44 for 368 yards and 4 scores. Two Patriot receivers had over 100 yards receiving, including Boyce Smith who hauled in 13 balls for 197 yards and Max Collins who caught 9 passes – 3 for touchdowns.

The Coffee County offense was inconsistent, especially early on before finally setting in some. Pippenger was 10-of-25 for 131 yards. He rushed for 90 yards and a score.

Konor Heaton had 83 yards on 22 carries. Senior tight end caught 5 passes for 69 yards.

The loss drops the Raiders to 2-2 on the season (1-0 Region 3-6A). Coffee County will return home next week to host Lebanon on Sept. 16. Kick off is set for 7 p.m. and you can hear the game on Thunder Radio, beginning with the Friday Night Thunder pregame show at 6 p.m.

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