In a brutal street fight of a football game, the WCHS junior varsity team was a 2-point conversion away from winning Monday night in Tullahoma.
The Pioneers scored their lone touchdown with 9:12 remaining, but couldn’t batter into the endzone on the 2-point try in suffering a 7-6 loss.
The game was physical and hard hitting with both defenses maintaining control. Warren County allowed a TD on Tullahoma’s first possession, but was relentless after that.
Pioneer inside linebacker Eli Cantrell was all over the field, landing several jarring hits. Cornerback Jahaad Middleton made an over-the-shoulder interception in the endzone to halt a Tullahoma second-quarter drive.
Ethan Bernhardt forced another turnover when he met the Tullahoma QB in the backfield and jarred the ball loose. Dayton Jernigan pounced on it for the fumble recovery.
The Pioneers also made a huge fourth-quarter stop on special teams when Tullahoma tried a fake punt on fourth-and-4 from its own 21-yard line. The punter caught the ball and tried to run around left end but was tackled two yards shy of the marker.
The play was huge because it came with just 1:32 left and gave Warren County a short field, but Tullahoma’s defense wouldn’t allow the Pioneers to score.
Warren County’s main offensive life came from QB Devans Lewis, who was inserted late in the first half and played most of the second half. Lewis completed two passes for 42 yards to Drathan Dixon and was extremely effective with his legs.
Tullahoma didn’t allow an inch on runs up the middle, completely shutting down the dive play the JV team (3-2) has run so effectively all year. Lewis gained yards on the edge when he escaped the pocket and dodged defenders.
Lewis produced the Pioneer TD, a 27-yarder, when he ran around the right corner, cut back across the field, and beat the defense to the left corner of the endzone to make it a 7-6 game.
The JV team doesn’t have a kicker and has gone for 2 all season. An outside run was called to a wingback who couldn’t fight across the goal line as the Tullahoma defense held.