The Tullahoma Wildcats were unable to contain the firepower of the Coffee County Offense as the Red Raiders used a strong second half to capture the Coffee Pot for the first time since 2016 with a 35-14 win in the 97th playing of the rivalry.
The Red Raiders jumped out to an early 14-0 lead thanks to a pair of first quarter Konnor Heaton rushing touchdowns.
The Cats got on board for the first time of the night with time expiring on the first half as Jaxon Sheffield capped off Tullahoma’s best drive of the night with a one-yard rushing touchdown. Tullahoma then tied the game on the first drive of the second half as Nathan Delaughter hit Jalen Hill for on a 49 yard touchdown with 10:43 to go in the third quarter.
Coffee County immediately answered with a long scoring drive to retake the lead as Cole Pippenger pass was deflected but caught by Jaiden Foster late in the third.
The Red Raiders added to their lead as Pippenger hit Heaton on a swing pass with 1:17 to play in the third and then capped off the night Heaton’s fourth TD of the night on a one yard run early in the fourth.
For his poise under pressure and sever big plays made including the Cats second touchdown of the night Nathan Delaughter was named the Giles Dunn Diamond Company Player of the Game.
Tullahoma, who dropped to 1-1 on the year and had their 16-game win streak snapped, have an open date next week before traveling to Marshal County on September 9th to kick off region play vs the Tigers. Coverage on 93.9 The Duck, which is built by Twin Cedars Construction, begins at 6:30 with kickoff set for 7:00 on the 9th.