Warren County High School football is entering the second half of its four-game road trip tonight by traveling to Smyrna to take on the once-unbeaten Bulldogs.
Smyrna is coming off a 21-7 loss to Independence last week. Warren County had a bye week.
With last Friday night off, Pioneer head coach Tom Moore attended the Smyrna game to get a better look at the Bulldogs.
Moore said, “Smyrna has a lot of talent and speed at all of its positions and the schemes are simple but very effective.”
Independence held Bulldog running back Casey Perkins to just 40 yards on 16 carries. Independence closed off the middle of the field versus the run and its defense had Perkins running side-to-side.
Smyrna allowed a late first-half TD with just :11 left to give Independence a 21-7 lead. Neither team scored in the second half.
The Daily News Journal reports the Bulldogs (3-1) do have the potential to put up big numbers. Smyrna quarterback John Turner has thrown for nearly 500 yards.
Casey Perkins is in his first season as the Bulldog starting running back. Perkins carried the ball for just under 250 yards in his first three games this year.
On the corner on offense for Smyrna is senior wideout Ikenna Okeke. Last season as a receiver, Okeke totaled 214 yards on 16 catches, but it is his defense that has attracted college coaches.
On defense he plays free safety and last season he recorded 62 tackles in 11 games. He tied for the team lead with five interceptions and recovered two fumbles.
The Pioneers have collected 573 yards on the ground and 122 yards in the air in their first three outings.
During the bye week, the Pioneers practiced and continued to work on fundamentals. The Pioneers are going to continue to their ground-and-pound running game and Pioneer running back Raliegh Woods is looking forward to this week’s challenge.
Coach Moore added, “The Bulldogs are one of the best teams in 6AAA and one of the toughest on our schedule. I want our guys to go out and compete and play well.”
The Pioneers take on the Bulldogs in Smyrna tonight with a game time scheduled for 7 p.m. For full results on the game, see Sunday’s Southern Standard.