A trip to Lincoln County for four scrimmages was the final tune up for the Warren County High School football team before the start of fall practice Monday.
The Pioneers traveled to Lincoln County Thursday where the team played the Falcons, along with Marshall County, Shelbyville and Hazelgreen in 7-on-7 scrimmages.
It was the third week in a row Warren County has traveled to play in 7-on-7 scrimmages and coach Tommy Johnson was pleased with the way his team progressed in its final work before the Pioneers start focusing on the fall.
“We competed well with all the teams we faced,” said Johnson. “We did a lot of things well and we have some things that we’ll continue to work on before the start of the season.
“Overall, I think it was a good day of work for us and our guys made some plays.”
Without linemen, all of the offensive work focused on improving the Pioneer passing attack.
Warren County rotated junior quarterback Hunter Mullican and freshman signal caller Christian Wilkinson throughout the day, with both experiencing success leading the Pioneer offense.
The Pioneer quarterbacks were able to attack the opposing defenses with a stable of wide receivers at their disposal.
Junior Lee Carden and senior Jeremiah Lance each stood out by making leaping catches in the end zone and coming down with their feet still inbounds.
Seniors Jacob Newby, Mitchell Ashford and Kendall Rutledge also provide steady hands as the Pioneers look to have plenty of options on the outside going into the season.
The versatility of the passing game, and players making difficult catches, gave coach Johnson confidence leaving Lincoln County Tuesday.
“We caught the ball well. We made the routine catches and several difficult grabs,” said Johnson. “We worked up the field with our short passing game and mixed in some deep throws that went for touchdowns.”
The Pioneer defense, which was much maligned after allowing over 30 points per game last season, continues to mix in fresh faces with seasoned players in hopes of finding the right combination.
The growing process for the defense will continue to be a focus when fall practice begins Monday.
“We had some young guys come in and make some plays, but they also made some mistakes,” said Johnson. “Some of the older guys made mistakes as well. We’ll continue to work with the defense and make improvements when practice begins.”
The Pioneers will take the field Monday for the official start of spring practice. Warren County will try to fit in two practices a day for the first week, depending on the heat index.
Warren County starts the season in 21 days when the Pioneers hit the road to take on the DeKalb County Tigers.