Coffee 41, Whitewater 3

Facing a season opener against visitor from the state’s most storied region, Whitewater  suffered greatly from its own miscues Friday night.

Coffee, hailing from Region 1-AAAAAA and coming off a 5-6 campaign in 2011, handed new coach Robby Pruitt a 41-3 win in his first game, getting a pair of touchdowns from senior running back George Johnson.

Coffee, which had eight different players carry the ball, outgained Whitewater 405-113. Keegan McGovern completed 8 of 13 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown, while Timareion Simmons rushed for 67 yards on 10 carries and Johnson had 63 yards on nine attempts.

Whitewater quarterback Jay Ashley took a 20-yard sack on the game’s first play from scrimmage and the Wildcats were forced to punt. The Fayette County school appeared ready to overcome the negative play after forcing a turnover on Coffee’s first offensive play, a short pass from McGovern to Raquan Ross, who fumbled at the Coffee 43 and Whitewater recovered.

The Wildcats drove inside the Coffee 15 before an extra effort by sophomore running back Christian Wafford resulted in a fumble into the end zone, where Coffee’s C.J. Johnson recovered.

The school from deep south Georgia answered with a 13-play, 80-yard drive, capped by Timareion Simmons’ 13-yard run at the 1:03 mark in the first period.

Coffee took advantage of another miscue for its second score. The Trojans forced Whitewater to punt, and the snap was high. Wildcat punter Austin Barnard escaped being tackled, but attempted a pass that fell incomplete, giving Coffee the ball on the Whitewater 28.

Eight plays later Coffee led 14-0 after George Johnson scored from a yard out.

Barnard’s 24-yard field goal made it 14-3, but Coffee shifted into the passing game, going 80 yards in six plays for a 21-3 lead. McGovern found Johnson wide open down the left side for a 41-yard touchdown pass in the final minute of the first half.

Another Whitewater mistake helped Coffee put the game away. The Wildcats forced a punt on the first series of the third period, but returner Josh Alexander muffed the punt and Coffee recovered at the Wildcat 22. Four plays later Santory Long scored on an 8-yard run, and the rout was on.

Whitewater’s Kendall Conley rushed for 88 yards on 10 attempts.

Coffee 7 14 13 7 – 41

Whitewater 0 3 0 0 – 3

C – Tyree Paulk 13 run (Ishmael Gonzalez kick)

C – George Johnson 1 run (Gonzalez kick)

W – Fg Austin Barnard 24

C – Johnson 41 pass from Keegan McGovern (Gonzalez kick)

C – Santory Long 8 run (Gonzalez kick)

C – Orlando Ingram 34 run (kick failed)

C – Tavish Douglas 36 run (Gonzalez kick)

10 comments Add your comment


August 25th, 2012
12:07 am

Guess the summer conditioning of rolling out the basketballs for WW really paid off!!


August 25th, 2012
12:29 am

Good job Coffee. Now sit back and watch someone fall behind in the standings early on saturday. So what has been said about a loss in the CK Classic won’t mean much, it is “region play” that matters. You better WIN THEM ALL. !

Coffee Trojan#44

August 25th, 2012
12:30 am

Coffee Trojan#44

August 25th, 2012
12:33 am

Coffee has outscored their opponents 80-3 the past 2 weeks!


August 25th, 2012
5:33 pm

Football is back at Coffee. Coffee has always had the talent. Now Coffee has a coach with an excellent staff.


Concerned Educator

August 25th, 2012
8:42 pm

Just goes to show football is king again in Coffee, but what about the quality of the education received by the few other students that don’t play football.


August 26th, 2012
3:58 am

If I remember correctly… The stadium announcer. The radio play-by-play man. And the television commentator all made elaborate points of the fact that Coffee school system is off probation and back in good standing with the state education watchdogs. I think it’s sad that you don’t enjoy high school sports. Come on and join in. It’s fun. For purposes of this post. Consider me:



August 26th, 2012
10:59 pm

Great job Trojans. Great Coach that leads by examples.


August 27th, 2012
12:10 pm

To early to tell if Coffee is that good, or Whitewater was that bad. One things for sure, a lot of Region 1AAAAAA play the same players both ways, substituing very few during a game. Coffee is continuely substituting players. Apparently Coffee has depth on both offense and defense. This will be very important starting region play. Coffee could very well make a huge statement against Ware County this coming Friday night.


August 27th, 2012
4:42 pm

gman57, probably because Whitewater was that bad and overmatched. Two way players have always been the norm for some programs. Really a non-factor. Blow outs give you the chance to get players in that who would not normally get in, also they allow you to buildup depth. Come region play, I doubt if those players who were shuttling in and out will play extensively. I am sure that coach will ensure that he has the best players on the field, two way or not. Let’s not get carried away with this game. Whitewater was not a true test.