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Pioneer alumni prevail
Former WCHS football players return to gridiron
Elias Smith reaches for the endzone after hauling in his second touchdown pass of the game. Smith finished with three receiving TDs and was named offensive player of the game.
On Saturday night at Tullahoma High School, WCHS football alumni put on their pads and helmets, some for the first time in over 20 years, and they didn’t disappoint.Several former Pioneer players included running backs, Alan Perkins and Cameron Lusk, offensive lineman Tommy Davis, defensive lineman Andrew Reagan, wide receivers Lamont “Bone” Blevins and Heath Crisp, linebacker Jeremy Chisam, and quarterback Preston Smith, among several others.The Pioneers made a statement and proved they’re not done yet as they defeated the Tullahoma Wildcats alumni team, 35-27, to claim the illustrious Coffee Pot rivalry trophy.Before the game, the Pioneers dedicated an honorary jersey to Chris King’s family. King died last year and was a member of the WCHS football team in the 1990s. Perkins was a top rusher for the Pioneers as he had 80 yards on 11 carries and was named game MVP. Elias Smith caught three touchdown passes, earning offensive player of the game honors, while Frankie Martin Jr. won special teams players of the game and Chisam won defensive player of the game honors.Smith put on an aerial assault as he threw for 250 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 50 more and adding another TD.Cameron Lusk had 100 yards rushing.The Pioneers started their second drive near midfield and were looking to get the first points on the board.