The Commodores combined an explosive offense with a goal-line stand on defense to win a huge rivalry game against the Blue Raiders at Bobby Ray Elementary on Saturday.
The Commodores played turnover-free football to earn a 20-8 victory in Junior Pro 9-10-year-old action.
Adding intensity to the grudge match between the two Warren County teams is the fact coaches from both sides were on the same coaching staff last year, but split to form separate teams in the offseason.
The Commodores struck first when Kal’el Harris took the ball inside the 5-yard line on a tackle-breaking 35-yard run. Devin Jordan pounded it in from the 1 and Kailan McGill added the 2-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.
The Blue Raiders answered right back thanks to good field position from a 50-yard kickoff return from David Nicholas. The Blue Raiders then pounded the ball straight up the middle on several plays before Cameron Stepp plowed in from the 1-yard line for the TD. Caleb King added the 2-point conversion to tie the game 8-8.
After the teams battled back and forth, the Blue Raiders decided to go for it on fourth down deep in their own territory. The Commodore defense made its first big play by slamming the door on a sweep to take over just outside the 20.
McGill made the Blue Raiders pay by bouncing a run outside and then diving for the pylon for a 20-yard TD to give the Commodores a 14-8 lead.
The final Commodore score came when quarterback Benjamin Clark caught the Blue Raider defense offguard with a misdirection play. Most of the offense went left, but Clark and Jordan rolled right with Jordan providing the block that sprung Clark for a 15-yard TD.
With a 20-8 lead, the Commodore defense preserved the victory with a fourth-quarter, goal-line stand. The Commodores stopped the Blue Raiders on four plays inside the 5-yard line – and on two straight plays from the 1.
In other Junior Pro action, the Warren County Vols made a statement when they traveled to Manchester and claimed a convincing 36-0 victory over the Coffee County Raiders. Ethan Smith had a big game for the Vols.
In Senior Pro 11-12-year-old competition, some onlookers were already calling it a championship game preview when the Warren County Volunteers squared off against the Warren County Golden Eagles.
The Volunteers, under the guidance of coach Bill Harris, showed they are already in mid-season form with a 22-14 victory.
A.D. Majors, Tyree Ladet and Raleigh Woods all scored TDs in the winning effort for the Vols.
For the Golden Eagles, female tailback Kievan Woods continues to dazzle. She scored both TDs.
In other Senior Pro action, the Warren County Blue Raiders captured a commanding 20-0 win over the Coffee County Chiefs in Manchester.
In 7-8-year-old Midget games, the Warren County Vols put a hurting on the Coffee County Cardinals, 42-0, in McMinnville. Tailback Jayln Mart continues to electrify for the Vols.
In Manchester, the Warren County Blue Raiders thumped the Coffee County Falcons 41-0.
In 5-6-year-old Pee Wee action, Pioneer Blue scrambled for a 24-14 victory over Pioneer Red.
Tailback Braylon Grayson led the Pioneer Blue attack with two TDs, while Riley Morton added a touchdown.
For Pioneer Red, quarterback Nathan Elrod scored both touchdowns.