Here are some thoughts after the Pioneers 48-0 win Thursday night against Cannon County.
For the second time in four seasons, the Pioneers are off to a 2-0 start. WCHS also started 2-0 in 2017 under coach Tom Moore when the Pioneers beat DeKalb County and White County to start the season.
Before that, the best start for the Pioneers was in 2007 when Chris Madewell led Warren County to a 4-0 start. The Pioneers finished the regular season 5-5, then lost to Riverdale in the first round of the playoffs.
Pioneer quarterback C.J. Taylor has been nearly impossible to stop early in games. Against DeKalb County, Taylor had 117 yards rushing and 2 TDs on his first three carries.
He was just as dazzling against Cannon County, rushing for 89 yards and 2 TDs on his first two carries.
For anyone doing the math, that averages out to 41.2 yards per carry and 4 TDs on five attempts. Now that’s what I call first-quarter production!
Was it dominating defense by the Pioneers on Thursday night, or just bad offense by Cannon County? It was probably a little of both.
Consider this stat. Cannon County ran 38 offensive plays. Of those 38 plays, 42% of them either gained no yards or lost yards.
Cannon County finished with 110 yards of total offense. Nearly half of that came on just two plays. Lion running back Conner Tucker broke off runs of 23 yards and 28 yards for a combined 51 yards on two carries.
Outside of those two carries, Cannon County gained 59 yards on 36 plays, an average of 1.6 yards per play. That’s not a recipe for winning many games.
Cannon County had six possessions in the first half. Of those six possessions, the Lions had four fumbles, two punts, and never crossed midfield. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter when the Lions finally reached Pioneer territory. That drive reached the 37 and ended in a turnover on downs.
Going over the stats, Warren County ended the game with 7 penalties for 50 yards. Maybe it's just me, but it seemed more like 14 penalties for 100 yards.
Maybe it seemed like so many penalties because they were so damaging. Of those 7 penalties, 5 of them took touchdowns off the board.
Clay Thompson was especially hurt as he had 2 TD catches taken away due to penalty. One was offensive pass interference and the other was illegal procedure.
After the game, WCHS coach Matt Turner was vocal about the need for a new football stadium to be built on the high school campus.
Turner said the current field is in horrible condition with coaches having to patch holes with sand and sod before the game. More than anything, Turner says the players deserve a field at their school. He says home games feel like away games because players have to load onto buses.