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Covering football is not child's play
- Bruce Duke
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If I can make it through a complete football season, I might just consider myself a sports writer. Most people in attendance watch the game, unless you’re a pre-teen and you’re playing with your friends on the hill. Most people actually get it and some pretend to get it. Others show up just because it’s the happening place to be on Friday night in the fall.
For the most part you show up to see old friends and exchange handshakes and hopefully have a hotdog and a beverage while you enjoy the game. This year maybe you came out to see what the new Pioneer coaching staff has up its sleeve in a new district.
I will be the first to tell those of you who don’t already know: Do not judge this new coach or this team from what you see in the first few games. Although it is football, it is a process and wins were not easy to come by from what I’ve heard about past seasons. Now the Pioneers have been thrown to the proverbial wolves.
I am not even going to attempt to try and explain why this is happening to Warren County. In short, the TSSAA based the the new region alignments solely on the number of students at the high school, lumping the Pioneers in with the biggest football powerhouses in the Midstate
Are you prepared to abandon your team? I hope the answer to that question is a resounding no. The Pioneers need our support now more than before in my opinion. The Pioneers and coach Moore face a tough season and I am going to support them in their efforts no matter where it leads. I hope others will follow suit and show the team you’re behind them no matter the outcome.
And as for me, covering football is like no other beast I’ve covered as of yet. The game ended at 10 p.m. and I was still grinding at 4 a.m. Saturday. Football is a huge learning curve so please bear with me as I do my best to get photos and write down stats.
Before anyone thinks I don’t know how football is played, I was talking about how it’s covered.
I do not even have enough space in this column to explain it but if anyone has doubts you have an open invitation to join me on the sidelines in a game of your choice. I have not ever given up on much and I am not going to give up now on sports writing or the Pioneers.
Who knows where we will be at the end of this season? Right on.