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Pioneers cool off Blaze
WCHS rugby tops Blackman
Warren County Pioneer rugby player Justin Bennett drives the ball forward in Fridays matchup with the Blackman Blaze at Nunley Stadium.
With a freeze warning forecast in effect, Blackman’s Blaze couldn’t generate enough offensive fire Friday night as the Pioneers came away with a 34-31 victory at Nunley Stadium.It also could have been a case of “win one for the gipper” as the Pioneers were playing without team captain Kolin Roberts, who was injured and on reserve for the rest of the regular season, but might see action in the playoffs if everything goes well.“Kolin Roberts is out for the rest of the season, so our rally is to get him and the rest of the team to the playoffs,” said Warren County High School rugby coach Jonathan Smith. “We kept playing our game and didn’t let their speed get in our heads and did the best that we could without our team captain and we all rallied around him.”The Pioneers certainly didn’t let little distractions get them down, like Blackman scoring two trys and successful conversions for a 14-0 lead 11 minutes into the first half. Warren County controlled the games tempo at first, attacking the Blaze’s endzone twice before the speedy left wing of the Murfreesboro team went 80 yards for a try followed by a successful conversion, 7-0.