It may have only been half of a game, but Monday’s freshman game at Nunley Stadium will count as a full win for the Pioneers.
Warren County led 16-7 at halftime over Moore County when the decision was made to stop the game and allow the Raiders ample time to return home before Monday’s storms reached Lynchburg. The result was considered a final and improved the Pioneers to 3-3 overall this season.
Coach David Upton was happy to take another victory, however it came.
“I think we played really well considering we’ve been off for three weeks,” said Upton. “It allowed us to knock off some rust for our upcoming game against Tullahoma. We’ll take the win and keep moving forward.”
Noah Campbell scored two touchdowns and quarterback Isaiah Grayson added two scores on two-point conversions to help the Pioneers run past the Raiders on a rain-soaked field.
The Pioneer defense held the lead as Justin Bennett had an interception to set up one score and defensive end DeAndre Thomas wreaked havoc in the Moore County backfield.
The game started with Moore County controlling the ball, but going three-and-out. Thomas made sure the Raiders would have to punt when he dragged down the quarterback on third-and-long.
Warren County would take over near midfield and immediately start moving toward the goal line. Grayson did most of the heavy lifting with a pair of long runs, including a 20-yard gallop that put the Pioneers in a goal-to-go situation.
Campbell did the rest as the team’s talented running back powered into the end zone on a four-yard run to give the Pioneers the lead. Grayson wasn’t touched on the following two-point conversion as Warren County led 8-0 with 3:41 left in the first quarter.
Aided by a lengthy run by their quarterback, the Raiders were able to cut the lead shortly before the start of the second quarter. Warren County allowed a 50-yard run to the Moore County quarterback to set up the touchdown – a short run on the final play of the first quarter. Moore County elected to go for an extra point to cut the Pioneer lead to 8-7.
It was the closest the Raiders would get to Warren County.
Bennett’s big interception in the second quarter set up another Campbell touchdown that put the game out of reach. Campbell once again plunged in from a short distance and Grayson scored on the two-point conversion to make it 16-7.
Warren County missed a chance to add to its lead right before halftime when a fumble stopped a Pioneer drive deep in Moore County territory.
Both teams agreed to cancel the second half during halftime, giving the Pioneers their second win in front of the home crowd this season. Warren County also beat NGA at Nunley Stadium Sept. 4.
The Pioneers are set to play at Tullahoma Thursday. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.