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Football team faces final preseason test tes

The final preseason tune-up has arrived.

The Warren County High School football team travels to Dunlap on Friday night to face two opponents in jamboree action at Sequatchie County High School.

WCHS coach Matt Turner says the Pioneers have enjoyed a solid preseason and he’s hoping for a strong showing tonight to give his team velocity heading into its season opener next Friday night, Aug. 19, in Smithville.

“The one thing we’re not having to ask for is more effort,” said Turner. “The guys are coming off the ball and they’re hustling to the football. They are playing hard and that’s good to see as a coach. Now it’s time for some fine-tuning and correcting our mistakes. I was glad to see there were a lot fewer mistakes after the second scrimmage against Tullahoma than the first scrimmage against South Pittsburg.”

WCHS is scheduled to scrimmage Rhea County for one regulation quarter at 7 p.m. tonight. That will be followed by one regulation quarter against Grundy County at 7:30 p.m.

Turner says the Pioneer wing offense, which features misdirection, has been effective in confusing defenses, and even the referees.

“Against Tullahoma, they tackled Braylon Grayson as he was running up the middle and the referee blew the play dead,” said Turner. “But Nate Elrod had the football and he was running down the sideline.”

Turner said the Pioneer offensive line is better understanding the angles and blocking concepts the coaches are teaching and he’s pleased with the backfield action from the wings.

Defensively, Turner thinks a new look that features three D-linemen and four LBs will be effective once players fully learn their assignments.