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Nunley Nights starting
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Dayton Jernigan got his first taste of working out at Nunley Stadium during the freshman spring camp earlier this month. Coach Matt Turner is hoping to get his young players accustomed to playing under the lights with the "Nunley Nights" program starting Wednesday.

Matt Turner keeps digging into this bag of tricks for more ways to motivate and prepare the Pioneers.

The new Warren County High School football coach is bringing his team under the lights Wednesday night as he begins “Nunley Nights,” a program designed to get his young squad ready for play on their home field.

“I knew I wanted to incorporate Nunley Stadium in the summers. It’s our home and I want the stadium to be familiar,” said Turner. “It’s a unique field and I want the kids to make it our home.

“It offers us some new ways to train – running stadiums and hills. And there’s always something about flipping on the lights and letting guys go.”

The workouts will run through June and will be from 7-9 p.m. each Wednesday. Turner welcomes the public to attend the team’s open sessions, which will feature many competition-based workouts.

“We want the kids competing and conditioning at the same time. There will probably be some competition-style strong man events,” said Turner. “We’ll make it intense and fun. We want to build team unity.”

Getting used to being on the field at Nunley Stadium could take some time for many of the Pioneers. Turner had 66 players scrimmage in the Blue and White game, with almost half playing on their home turf for the first time. Close to 50 freshmen are expected to fill the roster this fall as well.

Everybody will be a beginner for the new program though.

“They’re all coming in not knowing what to expect. I think it makes them want to come out more,” said Turner. “We want it to be different and unique and to train different styles. I think the kids enjoy it. It’s a lot of firsts.”

Turner has invited several other high school programs to the event, hoping to make it a staple for training for all teams in the future.