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FOOTBALL: Raiders finish preseason with strong showing over Tyner

Red Raider running back Konor Heaton (no. 22) runs through an arm tackle Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2021 in a scrimmage against Tyner. — Thunder Radio photo by Holly Peterson

The Central High School Red Raider football team now turns its attention to Franklin County.

The Raiders wrapped up the preseason schedule with a home scrimmage against Tyner Tuesday night at Carden-Jarrell Field. CHS ended the night ahead 35-14 on the scoreboard. The game was tied 14-14 at the half with both teams playing mostly second and third teamers for the final two quarters.

The Raiders led early on a tough, short touchdown run from junior tailback Konor Heaton – who also bulled his way into the end zone midway through the second quarter to finish with a pair of touchdowns in the first half.

Coffee County had a shot at a 35-yard field goal to end the first half with the lead after a forced fumble and recovery by Derrick Scott in the backfield. But Ian Welden’s attempt was blocked. Welden was 2-for-2 on extra points.

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After the blocked field goal, Scott pressured the Tyner quarterback into throwing an interception to Raider linebacker Brendan Sheppard to close the half.

Coffee Count’s depth flexed on Tyner in the second half. Tristin Galy rumbled in from 5 yards out and Kendall James got in on the action with a touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Freshman Jayden Carter got in on the action to close the scoring, rumbling 25-yard and running over multiple Rams on his way into the end zone.

Sophomore Elijah McCoy was 3-for-3 in extra points in the second half.

The Raiders now turn their attention to the season opener – August 20th at Franklin County. The Raiders’ first home game will be Aug. 27 when Tullahoma comes to town.

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Important dates

WEDNESDAYS: The Coach Doug Greene Show. Heard exclusively on Thunder Radio every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. live from Praters BBQ. Show begins on Wednesday, Aug. 18.

FRIDAYS: High School football begins on Aug. 20. See the full schedule below.

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Aug. 20 AT Franklin County – 7 p.m.

Aug.. 27 vs. Tullahoma – 7 p.m.

Sept. 3 AT Shelbyville * 7 p.m.

Sept. 10 vs. Page – 7 p.m.

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Sept. 17 AT Lebanon* 7 p.m.

Sept. 24 – AT Spring Hill – 7 p.m.

Oct. 1 – vs. Warren Co.* – 7 p.m.

Oct. 8 – OPEN

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Oct. 15 – vs. Cookeville – 7 p.m.

Oct. 22 – vs. Rockvale – 7 p.m.

Oct. 29 AT Rhea County – 6:30 p.m.

An * denotes region game.

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Bold games at home.

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