The high school Pioneer JV team played Coffee County on Monday night at Nunley Stadium. Head JV coach Alan Perkins gave a lot of Pioneers the opportunity to play. The starting quarterback for Warren County was freshman Creed Adams, and backup Hayven Jones, also a freshman, played the second half.
This was certainly a learning experience for the JV team. The Pioneers faced a tough Coffee County opponent who shut out the Pioneers 20-0.
Coffee County scored on its first possession and the extra point hit the cross bar and did not go through the goal posts. It was 6-0 Coffee County at the end of the first quarter. The biggest obstacle for the Pioneers throughout the game was tackling Coffee County’s quarterback, No. 10 Colter Neal.
The highlight of the second quarter was a long run by junior Padin Dominick that put the Pioneers across midfield. The Pioneers continued to drive, but stalled on fourth down, turning the ball over to Coffee County on downs.
Coffee County responded with a long drive with that contained a long pass that was well-defended by freshman safety Lucas Bernhardt. Unfortunately, the Coffee County receiver kept possession of the ball as Bernhardt was tackling him.
Coffee County finished the drive after the long pass play with a 15-yard touchdown run by quarterback Colter Neal as time ran out to end the half. This time the Coffee County extra point was good, giving the Red Raiders a 13-0 lead at halftime.
The coaches decided to have a running clock in the game that meant the clock kept running when passes were dropped and the chains were moved for first down. Once the Pioneers were behind 13-0, it was difficult to catch up with that type of running clock.
Coffee County put up a good drive in the third quarter that was aided by quarterback Colter Neal making a 50-yard run. That score gave Coffee County a 20-0 lead that became the final score.
Sophomore wingback Jax Patterson played in his first football game. After the game Patterson explained how it felt, “It was really fun. I liked getting the ball. I want to get every rep I can this week in practice and work as hard as I can. It was really fun. I liked getting the ball. I want to get every rep I can this week in practice and work as hard as I can.”
Sophomore linebacker Ty Myers was reflective after the game. In the locker room, Myers said, “We can obviously improve. I feel pretty confident about our team’s stature. We can really improve on a bunch of stuff. We need to keep working. That No. 10 is pretty fast. He has some legs on him.”
Coffee County freshman quarterback Colter Neal said, “I am a freshman, and it is my second year playing football. I felt good about my performance, and I could see the field better. Our line blocked better tonight, and our receivers blocked well when they had to block. They helped me get more yardage.”
Head JV coach Alan Perkins overviewed the game, “The good thing is we moved the ball. We finally got to see what works and what doesn’t work. We faced a good team and a running clock. There is a lot of room for improvement. We played Creed Adams at quarterback in the first half, and he is my starter. We played Hayven Jones in the second half to get him some reps.”