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Pioneers eye Tigers
Coach Moore hopes for full house to start season
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It’s unknown how MES officials may feel about this, but the Pioneer football team is hoping to generate some real electricity at Nunley Stadium this Friday night.
WCHS coach Tom Moore is encouraging community-wide support as the Pioneers open their season against DeKalb County.
“When we pack that stadium, it’s one of the best high school football environments in the entire state, and I’ve been to a lot of stadiums,” said Moore, preparing to start his third season as Pioneer coach. “We’re really hoping for a full house and I can guarantee you we’re going to be playing hard out there.”
The Pioneers have emerged from three preseason scrimmages without a win, but it’s not due to lack of intensity. The Warren County defensive front has been punishing opposing RBs, led by a pair of seniors in LB Trayton Rackley and DT Deandre Thomas.
Offensively, the Pioneers have a lineup of mostly new starters, but that hasn’t stopped them from moving the ball. The running game has been effective between the tackles, QB Isaiah Grayson has shown elusiveness in the pocket, and receivers have been finding space.
The kicking game has seen its share of preseason mishaps. The Pioneers are 2-for-4 on extra point attempts and suffered a bad snap on a punt in the preseason finale against Dickson County. The bad snap gave Dickson County the ball on the Pioneer 20-yard line late in the game and set up the winning TD.
“One thing we’ve been stressing to our guys is we’re going to have to go out there and earn this win. We’re going to have to take it,” said Moore. “Smithville isn’t going to give us anything.”