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District 6-AAA showdown
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Many times in the last 18 years, when the Cookeville Cavaliers beat the Warren County High School football team 17 times, the question before the game usually was if it would be close, not if the Pioneers could win.Tonight’s District 6-AAA showdown between the Cavaliers and Pioneers doesn’t have the same feel as many of the previous meetings between the two teams.With the top spot in the district on the line when Warren County visits Cookeville at 7 p.m. tonight, Pioneer coach Tommy Johnson expects to see his team come out and give the Cavaliers more of a game than the host school has been accustomed to in the rivalry.“I’m ready for the game and the challenge of taking on Cookeville,” said Johnson. “They’re a good team, but we have been improving each week. We need to keep doing the good things and limiting our mistakes.”Coach Johnson saw his team stand toe-to-toe with the district powerhouse last year, albeit for one half.Playing at Nunley Stadium a year ago, Warren County battled Cookeville to a 10-10 tie at halftime before losing 38-16.