The WCHS freshman football team gave a feisty effort Thursday night at Nunley Stadium, but couldn’t get past a fast and physical Cookeville team.
The Cavaliers notched a 33-16 victory behind a quick-strike offense that showed it’s capable of scoring points in a hurry.
After the game, WCHS freshman coach David Upton praised his players for their fight and determination. He said the Pioneer offense moved the ball up and down the field, but struggled to punch it into the endzone.
“These guys are working their butts off to get better every day and I’m proud of how they played,” said Upton. “On our first series, we were moving the ball really well when we got a holding penalty and that stalled the drive. Then with about four minutes to go in the first half, we got an offsides penalty when we had fourth down and about a foot. Those are two miscues which cost us. If we score on either one of those drives, it would have been a lot closer at halftime.”
As it stood, Cookeville jumped out to a 20-8 lead at halftime. Warren County got on the board when Shawn Woodlee bulled his way into the endzone from three yards out. Quarterback Isaiah Grayson followed with the two-point conversion.
In the second half, the Cavaliers would score the first two TDs to forge ahead 33-8, but Warren County wasn’t about to quit. The Pioneers drove downfield midway through the fourth quarter and scored on another tough run from Woodlee up the middle, this one from five yards out. Noah Campbell added the two-point conversion.
Still clinging to life, the Pioneers recovered the ensuing onside kick when Justin Bennett muscled the ball away from the Cavaliers. Warren County marched down to the Cookeville 25-yard line thanks to a tackle-breaking run from Peppi Miller. But the drive stalled there with just over two minutes left when an interception sealed the win for Cookeville.
The loss drops Warren County to 2-3 with Pioneer victories coming against Lincoln and Coffee counties. After a week off, the remaining Pioneer schedule includes games against Tullahoma, MBA and Rhea County.