For those of you with no ties to my local area, this posting will have little significance, but I have to give a tip of the hat to my local high school football team. The Coffee County Red Raiders (my alma mater) improved to 4-1 last Friday with a 40-0 spanking of previously unbeaten Warren County. More importantly, we are now 2-0 in our region and are in good shape to earn a playoff berth.
In a small town, a good high school football team can unify a community in a way that is very unique. Two weeks ago, we played cross-county rival Tullahoma (a game we won 42-21), and a crowd of 10,000 attended. That is rare for any high school game, and it is a shame the folks at 'The Tennessean' can't be bothered to drive an hour down the interstate to cover our games.
This week, we play unbeaten Wilson Central who is currently ranked eleventh in the Associated Press' 5A poll. It is a non-region game, so it has no impact on whether we make the playoffs. Still, it should be exciting.
We have an experienced and physical offensive line that is the anchor of a really good running game. We have three different running backs that are averaging around 100 yards a game. In high school, if a team can run the ball well, they will win the majority of their games.
It's as simple as that.