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Simmons Says 9-24
Rough road ahead for Pioneers
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For the first time this season, it felt like the Pioneers were trying to punch outside their weight class.
Friday night, Warren County faced off against Siegel – the first of four Murfreesboro schools the Pioneers will face. Siegel spoiled homecoming in a big way, winning handily 54-14.
The Pioneers were the talk of the town just a month ago. Starting out the season with back-to-back wins against Smithville and Sparta had Warren County football fans energized for the first time in a decade. It gave hope Warren County was ready to step up in weight class in its third year competing in perhaps the best 6A division in the state.
Then Siegel came into town and quickly quieted a hopeful Warren County crowd.
There’s no way out of this region for the time being, so it may feel like a lame excuse to keep pointing out the talent disparity within Region 3. After all, Warren County is left no choice but to strap on the pads and try to improve itself to the point of being able to beat the likes of Siegel, Blackman, Oakland and Riverdale.
Nobody is more aware of that fact than Pioneer coach Tom Moore.
“We’re competing in the SEC of Tennessee high school football. We’re facing talented squads every Friday night,” said Moore following Friday’s contest. “We know how good these teams, and these players, are. Our players still go out and give great effort.”
The 40-point loss to Siegel was the seventh time in 17 region games since 2015 the Pioneers have lost by 40 or more points. Warren County is 1-16 in those region games, defeating Coffee County 13-7 last year for its lone win.
Moore’s not embellishing when he compares the current region with the SEC. Region 3 is becoming a breeding ground for future SEC players.
Siegel lineman Maxwell Iyama is currently committed to South Carolina. Defensive end Joseph Anderson, a wrecking ball who nearly single-handily stopped the Pioneer run game Friday, holds offers from Tennessee, Georgia, LSU and defending NCAA champion Clemson.
The Stars were just the start of a series of stacked rosters.
Blackman senior running back Master Teague is currently committed to Ohio State. His junior teammates Trey Knox, ranked near the top of the 2019 class, and Adonis Otey own dozens of  offers.  Riverdale's Jarek Campbell is currently committed to Louisville.
Neither of those teams are even atop the region. That honor belongs to 6-0 Oakland, who the Pioneers face in their season finale Oct. 27.
The SEC slate has just started for Warren County.