Tuesday night the middle school football team travelled to Manchester to play against Coffee County Middle School. Coffee County’s quarterback, No. 11 Caiden Martin, scored all of the Red Raiders 41 points in a 41-20 loss for the Pioneers.
Captains for the middle school Pioneers were Jackson Clark, Xavier Simmons, Gage Cotton, and Isaiah Robledo. Carter Simpson made some big punts for the Pioneers, but the first half was all Coffee County.
One example of how dominant Coffee County was in the first half occurred when Red Raider Caiden Martin recovered his own fumble and ran for an 80-yard touchdown. Martin kicked the extra point to give the Red Raiders a 28-0 lead. Coffee County had a 34-0 lead at halftime.
Brady Swallows scored for the Pioneers in the third quarter, and Carter Simpson scored the 2-point conversion to put the Pioneers on the scoreboard 34-8. Coffee County’s Caiden Martin recovered Warren County’s onside kick and returned it for a touchdown to put Coffee County up 40-8. Martin converted the PAT to conclude Coffee County’s scoring for a 41-8 lead.
Carter Simpson scored on a 32-yard TD to cut Coffee County’s lead to 41-14. The 2-point conversion failed.
Kristopher Robledo scored Warren County’s final TD on a 3-yard run from the quarterback position to conclude the Pioneers scoring in the fourth quarter. The middle school’s season record is 0-5.
WCMS head coach Ben Matheney discussed the game. “No. 11 for Coffee was the game-changer. He was responsible for all their big plays and we had trouble stopping him. Our team just hasn’t been able to come together for a whole game yet. We have seen flashes of it, but not for a full four quarters. We’ve got two more opportunities, and I hope we can capitalize on them. We did have a number of players find the end zone Tuesday for the first time in a varsity game so that is always great to have.”
The middle school Pioneers next game is at Wilson County on Tuesday.