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Countdown to Cookeville
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Donathan Lewis gained some yards returning kicks Friday night in the opener against Mt. Juliet.

The WCHS Pioneers were energized Monday to start a week of practice after finally playing their first game against Mt. Juliet on Friday. 

Coaches were much more inspired by the team’s performance and attitude to start the week as the team prepares for a road trip to Cookeville. The Cavaliers (1-3) are an inexperienced team that is coming off a 41-13 beating by rival White County.

The Pioneer coaches are glad to finally have game film to study of their own team. Assistant coach Preston Smith is enthusiastic about the progress the team is making. 

Monday night at the JV game, Smith said, “We watched film today, saw our mistakes. It was more of correcting things, seeing our potential. Way better practice than last Monday. That was our first game. We were missing experience. Now we have that. Practice was more upbeat.”

Defensive coordinator Camron Bond shared a few insights about what the Pioneers are doing this week in practice. Bond said, “Today (Monday) was more of a mental day. Watching film and making corrections from Friday night’s game. We are moving forward to this week’s game. We are working on how they (Cookeville) lineup offensively, and making our alignments and adjustments. I think on film they have a lot of players who can make plays. Their quarterback looks downfield, and they throw the ball pretty well. They don’t look bad. It will be a tough game. We may make a few changes on defense, nothing big. May move some guys around.”

Sophomore linebacker and running back Braylon Grayson was at the JV game at Nunley Stadium, and he reflected on what the coaches are saying about this week’s focus. 

Grayson said, “Practice was pretty good. We conditioned and watched film. We all have to get better, especially myself. I have to stop bouncing around and hit the hole. I have to fill the hole at linebacker.”

The Pioneers found several positive things to build upon from Friday night’s game against Mt. Juliet. One thing the Pioneers learned is they have two outstanding running backs in Braylon Grayson and Jaythan Pleasant. Dawson Haley showed that a big play on special teams can inspire the team. The Pioneers have valid reasons to be confident and believe in each other.

Cookeville is a rival that any Pioneer athlete automatically gets fired up to play against. Friday night will be the first region game of the season for Warren County, and it is something that head coach Matt Turner has repeated consistently to his team. Starting region play is a good fresh start for the Pioneers, and there are plenty of reasons to be enthusiastic about this team.