Reminiscent of the 1999 Titans/Rams Super Bowl finish when the Titans came a football’s length away from winning, so too the Warren County Pioneer football team found themselves in a position to both tie, and possibly win, Friday night’s away game in Sequatchie County.
But, like the Titans, the Pioneers (0-4, 1-6) found themselves one score shy of a win when the final horn sounded and they lost their match with the Indians 33-27.
Going into the second quarter, Warren County was down 12-0 in score, but not in spirit as they refused to acquiesce. They were able to find the end zone and cut the lead to 19-6. Another promising Warren County drive stalled, forcing the Pioneers to settle for a Jacob Morin field goal to cut their deficit to 19-9 with just seconds left in the first half. McCall Turner prevented an Indian touchdown as time expired on the first half by running down Sequatchie’s Alec Hudson who was streaking toward the end zone on the ensuing kickoff return. Hudson was stopped twenty yards short of pay dirt thanks to Turner’s effort.
In the third quarter, fans were definitely becoming uneasy in the stands as the scoreboard displayed 26-9 after Sequatchie’s tough multi-faceted Hunter Davenport struck twice into the Pioneers end zone. Davenport went on to score four touchdowns in the contest and rush for 126 yards.
The Pioneers mounted an impressive comeback, started by a 13-yard touchdown pass from QB Isaiah Grayson to McCall Turner with an encore two-point conversion by Grayson himself, closing the gap to 26-17 in the finale of the third quarter. Grayson was all over the field Friday, as he threw for 237 yards and scrambled for 81 more.
Warren County’s Noah Campbell picked off Sequatchie’s QB Ethan Barkers pass in the end zone, again thwarting the Indians from securing a solid lead in the fourth quarter.
In the end, the Pioneers had one minute to move 28 yards for a score to tie and extra point to win. Grayson took to the air as he had most of the fourth quarter and it looked promising as he completed a pass to Brandon Velazquez for 7 yards. But with the clock winding down, Grayson’s receivers were well covered by the Indians, forcing the Pioneers to turn the ball over on downs after three more attempts to score. With 32 seconds left, Sequatchie ran out the clock for the victory.
“We got behind early and turned the ball over,” said Warren County head coach Tom Moore. “We need to work on defending the play action. We played a better second half offense. It was tough but they did a great job in coming back. We protected the passer well.”
Sequatchie (3-0, 7-0) remained undefeated for the season with the non-conference win Friday.
SEQUATCHIE Davenport, 1-yard run, (PAT no good) 6-0
SEQUATCHIE Davenport 19-yard pass from Barker (PAT no good) 12-0
WCHS Grayson, 7-yard TD run (PAT no good) 12-6
SEQUATCHIE Davenport 2-yard TD run (PAT good) 19-6
WCHS Morin 25-yard field goal 19-9
SEQUATCHIE Davenport 1-Yard TD run (PAT good) 26-9
WCHS Turner 13-Yard pass from Grayson (PAT good) 26-17
WCHS Grayson, 2-yard run (PAT good) 27-26
SEQUATCHIE Stephens 20-yard pass from Barker (PAT good) 33-27
Isaiah Grayson 19/36 237 yards
Isaiah Grayson 11/81 yards, TD
Noah Campbell 2/18
Jacob Rabideau 1/8
Brandon Velazquez 8/129 yards
McCall Turner 8/96 1 TD
Trevor Collins 2/22
Ethan Barker 7/14 141 Yards, 2 TDs, INT
Hunter Davenport 16/126 yards, 2 TDs
Ethan Barker 2/55
Austin Stevens 9/53
Hunter Davenport 4/91 yards, TD
Austin Stevens 2/50, TD