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Pioneers enjoy rest
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Getting right back on the field following a win may be the mindset of many, but don’t count Warren County High School football coach Tommy Johnson as one of those people.Despite seeing his team beat Coffee County for the first time in his three-year tenure as Pioneer coach, Johnson wasn’t ready to rush back to the field to face the White County Warriors in a do-or-die game in terms of the state playoffs.Instead, coach Johnson enjoyed having a one-week layoff between District 6-AAA games to get his team rested and ready for another battle.“This was a very beneficial break for us, one that I wish could have come a little sooner,” said Johnson. “We’ve had a chance to rest some guys and get them healthy. We’ve also gotten into the weight room and continued to work hard.”Warren County (2-5) knows the stakes will be raised when the Pioneers head to White County this Friday for a battle with the 2-5 Warriors.Returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2008 will be on the line as the Pioneers would guarantee themselves a top-two finish in District 6-AAA with a win over White County.Asking about the playoffs after the season started with a 50-0 loss to DeKalb County may have elicited a tantrum much like Jim Mora’s from coach Johnson, but now the Pioneers are one step away from the goal and their head coach is open to the discussion.“We’re getting the guys prepared for the next game, which happens to be the biggest game on our schedule,” said Johnson.