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Pioneers fall to Warriors
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Advancing to a second straight bowl wasn’t an option for the Warren County Middle School football team, so Tuesday night’s season finale against the White County Warriors was the last opportunity for the Pioneers to lace up the cleats.Warren County played a solid game, but it was the Warriors who left Nunley Stadium with a 20-12 victory on eighth-grade night for the Pioneers.Coach Adam Wood, who guided Warren County to a 2-5 season in his first year as head coach, wasn’t keen on ending the season with a loss despite the growth he saw from his team throughout the year.“It was a hard-fought game between two evenly matched teams,” said Wood. “In the end, we didn’t get the breaks we needed to come away with the victory.“This was a learning process for us as coaches and for a team that didn’t return many players from a season ago. We were all learning on the fly and we know 2-5 wasn’t what we set out to accomplish, but we’re going to work hard to turn it around next season.”Warren County had a chance to send the game into overtime, but a late interception sealed the victory for White County.Trailing 20-12 with three minutes to go, Pioneer quarterback Trayton Rackley connected with A.D. Majors on a 25-yard pass that put Warren County into a first-and-goal situation.The Pioneers dialed up another pass play in attempts to score, but Rackley’s pass skipped off the hands of Majors and right into the arms of a White County linebacker to end any chance of a comeback.It was the combination of Majors and Rackley that gave Warren County an early lead Tuesday night.After both teams failed to score on their opening drive, including the Pioneers being stopped after starting the game with a “Music City Miracle” type special teams play, Rackley found Majors on a slant for the biggest gain of the regular season.Standing at his own 10, Rackley hit Majors in stride on a slant pattern as the Pioneer wide receiver raced past the Warrior defense.