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Pioneer O shines as fall practices begin
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Having a potent offense on the first day of practice will please any football coach. It’s no surprise coach Tommy Johnson left the field after the first day of fall camp with a smile on his face.
After putting his Warren County High School football team through two workouts Monday, coach Johnson was positive about his Pioneers - especially the flashes of brilliance his offense showed throughout the day.
“Our offense looked really good at times,” said Johnson. “Some of the plays coach Chris MacKeown has put in are already working well. We’re getting up to speed on our base offense quickly.”
MacKeown seemed to put his immediate stamp on the offense as the Pioneer offense clicked when operating during team drills Monday. Whether it was handing the ball to bruising running back Cameron Lusk or letting senior signal caller Hunter Mullican take aim through the air, the Pioneer offense found ways to make big plays.
Even the second-team offense had success throughout the day. Senior D’Andre League showed his dynamic play-making ability while operating at tailback as he busted a pair of long touchdown runs against the Pioneer defense. Junior wide receiver Ethan Fliss flashed a pair of reliable hands while making two nifty grabs in traffic on passes from junior Hunter Gudat and freshman A.D. Majors.
The strong showing on offense capped a day coach Johnson thought began slow, but picked up as the day went along.
“I was pleased with the mental aspect of practice. Guys were quick to catch on to our base plays,” said Johnson. “We’re still working our way into it physically. The only way to get into football shape is by playing football.”
The Pioneers hit the ground running at 10 a.m. with a two-hour workout. Warren County returned to the field for a three-hour practice starting at 3 p.m. that concluded the first day of fall camp. Coach Johnson and his staff also had players go through team and position meetings throughout the day.
Coach Johnson was interested the see how his team would bounce back on Tuesday, when the soreness from the first day set in and the players had to continue to perform. From the looks of the morning practice, the Pioneers passed the test.
The lineman set the tone in the morning by marching to the field in unison for workouts. They continued to assert their will when the team begin practice. Offensive line coach Greg Cotten feels like the line’s aggression will be a key to the team’s success and every rep is a chance to get better.
“We are focusing on being physical this year, in team drills and individually,” said Cotten. “We are strong and want to impose our will on the opponent. We look very solid on the line.”
The Pioneers will continue with two practices a day for the rest of the week. Warren County will conclude fall camp by participating in a intersquad scrimmage at the Boys 2 Men football event held at Nunley Stadium this Saturday. The event begins at noon and the scrimmage is set to start at 6 p.m.