In a sloppy contest that featured a combined seven turnovers, the Tullahoma Middle School football team came away victorious, bringing home the coveted Coffee Cup in a 22-6 win over Coffee County in Manchester on Tuesday.
In total, both teams fumbled the ball 16 times, with three of those resulting in turnovers by Coffee County. The Red Raiders went on to turn the ball over two more times, while Tullahoma coughed up possession twice in the victory.
Big plays on the offensive side of the ball allowed the Wildcats to gain the upper hand on Coffee County, jumping out to a 16-0 advantage. Jaxon Sheffield and Caiden Allsopp each reached the end zone for Tullahoma in the first half.
Sheffield got the scoring started for TMS early in the second quarter. On fourth-and-8, Sheffield broke free for a 36-yard touchdown run. The Wildcats converted on the 2-point attempt, taking an 8-0 advantage.
Allsopp followed with another long touchdown run on the Wildcats’ next possession, breaking free for a 26-yard score with 5:13 remaining in the first half. Tullahoma once again was successful on the 2-point conversion, grabbing a 16-0 lead.
Just before halftime, the Red Raiders got the scoreboard as Travis Martin scored from 2 yards out. Coffee County attempted the 2-point conversion, but was unsuccessful as Tullahoma led 16-6 at the break.
In the second half, the Wildcats’ defense tightened, limiting the Red Raiders to 15 total yards and forced four turnovers. Tullahoma took advantage, by adding one final touchdown.
Sheffield put up the final score for the Wildcats, reaching the end zone on a 6-yard run with 2:31 remaining in the third quarter, putting his team up 22-6. Prior to that touchdown, Charlie Pierce hauled in a 40-yard pass that gave Tullahoma possession inside the Red Raiders’ 10-yard line.
The Wildcats totaled 155 yards on the night, while limiting Coffee County to 74 yards. Sheffield led Tullahoma, rushing for 78 yards and his pair of scores on 13 attempts. On the opposing side, Martin carried the ball 11 times for 40 yards and a touchdown.
Coffee County (0-1) will have another home game on Tuesday. The Red Raiders will play host to Lake Forest Middle School at 5 p.m.
Tullahoma (1-0) is slated to have its home opener on Tuesday when it welcomes Harris to Wilkins Stadium. Kickoff of the varsity game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. with the junior varsity taking the field at 5 p.m.