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New era begins
Pioneers practice in pads under new coach Scott Smith
The Warren County High School football team breaks it down after Tuesdays practice. The Pioneers are getting in extra work this week due to TSSAA rules allowing teams to get in an extra week of work in shoulder pads and helmets. - photo by Jeffery Simmons
Pads are already popping on the Warren County High School practice football field.New coach Scott Smith is taking any chance he can get to practice his Pioneers and the TSSAA gave all state teams an extra week this season.Starting Monday and lasting until Friday, teams are allowed to practice in shoulder pads and helmets before the official start of fall practice Monday, July 28. The new rule was put in place in an attempt to get players acclimated to the weather and give coaches a chance to get through the mandatory three practices in shorts before players can suit up in full pads.Coach Smith seized the opportunity as his team hit the field at 5 p.m. Monday, then returned for a workout Tuesday morning that lasted over two hours. Over 60 varsity Pioneers and 50 more freshmen arrived ready to get going and coach Smith instantly was impressed with the dedication of his squad.“We have had a good two days.