The Warren County High School football team braved the heat Wednesday afternoon after having Monday and Tuesday off. It was the start of two-a-days for the Pioneers as they get ready for the upcoming season that begins Aug 19.
The focus during practice was on the receivers and safeties the Pioneers return to the field this season. Some key returning receivers will include McCall Turner, Brandon Valazquez, Tyree Ladet and newcomer to the receiving core, Trevor Collins, who is also on the WCHS baseball team.
Head coach Tom Moore talked about both the wide receiver and safety positions as a whole.
“Last year we were weak on all of the perimeter positions, mainly because we didn’t have any experience. McCall looks a lot more athletic this year and is probably our biggest deep threat. Tyree can run and catch the ball well and Brandon Valazquez is a good possession receiver and a good blocker.”
Moore added, “As far as the safety position, Noah Campbell is a player that can do a little bit of everything and has come in more confident this year than last.”
Wide receivers and safeties coach Camron Bond had this to say about some of the key returning players on the offensive side.
“We have some experience, especially with Tyree, McCall and Brandon. Those guys have the most experience from last season and I can see they have a leg up on some of the other players and since they have that experience, they are better at route running and lining up. We are glad to have that experience on the field.”
Bond added, “A good thing about these receivers is their mind is not tying up their feet and as a whole they are playing faster because they know what to do.”
The defensive side of the ball also sees some familiar faces coming back to the Pioneer secondary. Turner will see time at safety this year, which is his first time at the new position. Sophomore George Fuentes and Jacob Moran will also see time at safety.
Ladet will also see some time in the safety position, but Noah Campbell is a name to look out for. Campbell started the entire season last year for the Pioneers, in his first season as a starter and is the anchor. He also had some high praise from coach Bond.
“Noah is a tough-nosed kid that will make a lot of plays in the secondary for us this year. He will play some offense at wing back but he is definitely the leader of the secondary.”
Bond added, “We’re still in the learning process at the position but Noah will set the tone in the secondary.”
Bond concluded on what the fans of Pioneer football should know about both positions heading into the season.
“I think this year the fans will see more plays made in the receiving game. I think with all of the guys we have coming back, they know where to line up and where to be and in the division we are in with all of the speed the focus of the safeties will be not to get beat deep. If we don’t get beat deep, then we will be alright.”