The shootout expected at Nunley Stadium Thursday night turned out to a be a sloppy slugfest.
Playing on a rain-soaked field, Coffee County was able to grind out a 28-27 overtime victory over the Pioneers. The win snapped a 14-game losing streak for the Red Raiders dating back to 2012.
Coffee County (1-3) didn't take its first lead until overtime, when Alontae Taylor went around the left edge for a two-yard touchdown run - the third of the night for the freshman quarterback. Cody Howes added the extra point, not knowing it would end up being the difference in the game.
Warren County (1-3) came back and quickly scored on its only possession of overtime. On second-and-goal from the Red Raider 7, junior quarterback Christian Wilkinson rolled right and found Adrian Lusk at the pylon for a score.
Instead of electing to kick the game-tying extra point, coach Scott Smith decided to roll the dice and go for the win.
It ended up being the final call of the contest.
Wilkinson took the snap from the Red Raider 3 and quickly moved left. The junior put his head down and tried to force his way into the endzone - much like he did on a fourth-quarter touchdown that gave the Pioneers a 21-13 lead. Wilkinson was unsuccessful though as he was dropped one yard short of the goal line.
It was a devastating way to end a game the Pioneers led most of the time.
Junior Rickie King gave Warren County its first lead when he plunged in from a yard away on the final play of the first quarter.
Taylor, who finished with 143 yards, tied the game in the second quarter with his first score.
King quickly helped the Pioneers respond when he capped the ensuing drive with his second touchdown run. King, who set up the score with a 22-yard run, powered in from two yards away to push the Pioneers ahead 14-7 with 4:16 left in the first half.
Coffee County didn't draw closer until the third quarter when Howes ran for a 15-yard touchdown. The extra point was blocked though, leaving Warren County up 14-13.
The Pioneers added to their lead in the fourth quarter with 4:52 to play on Wilkinson's diving TD - coming on fourth-and-goal.
It wasn't enough though.
Taylor led a quick tying touchdown drive, one he capped himself from 11 yards out on fourth down with 1:58 left in regulation. Mills Harner scored on the two-point conversion to tie the game.
Warren County had a final chance to win in regulation, but time ran out on the Pioneers deep in Red Raider territory.
Ethan Fliss was tackled at the Coffee County 19 in the waning seconds and the Pioneers weren't able to spike the ball and attempt a game-winning field goal.
More information from Thursday's game can be found in Sunday's Southern Standard.