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Gators chomp Pioneers
Photo provided by Painted Barn Media Dawson Drake fights for extra yardage during Tuesday's game. The Pioneers fell 24-12 to visiting Franklin North.

Improvements are happening for the Pioneers. It’s just yet to show on the scoreboard.

The Warren County Middle School football team fell for the second time in as many weeks Tuesday, dropping a 24-12 decision against visiting Franklin North.

“We still have work to do, but I’m seeing improvement,” said coach Donnie Harris. “We got better in the running game this week, but there’s still more to do.”

The offense was once again highlighted by the running of Braylon Grayson. The Pioneer tailback accounted for both his team’s scores against the Gators, breaking a 65-yard run in the second quarter and adding a 25-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

Grayson has scored all three of his team’s touchdowns, including a long scoring run last week in a 44-6 loss to Mt. Juliet.

Warren County (0-2) fell behind 8-0 in the second quarter before Grayson got free for the first time.

Grayson took a handoff and cut against the grain, getting a big hole off the backside. Once in the open field, nobody was going to catch the Pioneer speedster as he sprinted over 60 yards for the score.

The Pioneers were stopped on their two-point conversion try and went to halftime trailing 8-6.

Grayson changed that in the second half, converting a fourth-and-five situation into another score. The Pioneers went up the middle, getting big blocks from Tony Sifuentes and Jayden McCoy to spring Grayson. His score gave Warren County a 12-8 advantage.

Franklin North rallied back late, getting a long touchdown run at the start of the fourth quarter to take the lead.

Warren County had two late turnovers sandwiched around another touchdown by the Gators as the team fell short for the second time at home.

The Pioneer ground game was led by Grayson, who topped 100 yards for the second time. Dawson Drake and Jaythan Pleasant added big runs on the ground as well.

Warren County will try again for its first win Tuesday when it plays host to Franklin South at 6:30 p.m.