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Everlasting Joy 9-6
Solid start
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Things may not have gone according to plan against Cookeville, but I think most Pioneer football fans can fist bump about the team’s 2-1 start.
The question now is what can we expect from Warren County football now?
Looking at the Pioneers’ two victories, they came against teams that have yet to win a game. DeKalb County (0-3) and White County (0-3) are both engulfed in what appears to be black hole seasons. When the year is over, those two will be lucky to combine for four wins.
So Warren County’s victories haven’t exactly come against Midstate royalty. As for the loss, Cookeville could end up contending with Oakland and Blackman for district supremacy. The Cavs are that good.
I made a big deal about Cookeville only punting twice entering the Warren County game. For the few fans who bundled up in rain gear and braved the misery at Nunley Stadium on Friday, they saw Cookeville only punt once with 6 minutes left.
In chatting with Cookeville coach Jimmy Maynard after the game, he told me the Cavs first-team offense has yet to be forced to punt. Like the Warren County game, the other two Cookeville punts came with the starters resting comfortably on the bench. So in three games, Cookeville’s starting offense has yet to be stopped once. That’s strong.
Studying the schedule, the Pioneers are in great position to rattle off two more wins with their next two opponents, Shelbyville (0-2) and Coffee County (0-3), experiencing technical difficulties.
This Friday’s game at Shelbyville is against a Golden Eagle team that’s averaged 28 points per game in losses to Tullahoma and Marshall County. Shelbyville is coming off an early season bye week.
Coffee County is winless too after losses to Franklin County 34-8, Tullahoma 42-41, and Blackman 49-14.
In an interesting twist, Coffee County has a bye this week, meaning Warren County will face back-to-back teams coming off a bye. It also guarantees the Pioneers will play four of their first five games against teams that are winless at the time.
For all the talk about how brutal our football district is with the Murfreesboro schools included, the out-of-district schedule doesn’t make anyone wince. How often does a team make it to Week 5 of its season and only face one team that’s won a game?
Warren County can certainly have a bounce-back game this week in Shelbyville, but the Pioneers must play better against the run.
I look for the Pioneers to flex some muscle and find a way to beat Shelbyville this week.