Will lightning strike twice? Can the Warren County Pioneers notch another region win in Murfreesboro Friday night over Siegel’s Stars?
On paper, it appears to be an even matchup.
Warren County (2-6, 1-3) averages just over 13 points per game this season. Siegel (1-7, 1-4) averages the same.
If Warren County can capture the contest, the Pioneers will have a jump start on next year as the TSSAA has just announced WCHS will remain in Class 6A. What region the Pioneers will compete in has not been announced.
“Siegel is a very good team. Don’t let the record fool you. It just goes to show you how good our region is,” said Warren County football coach Tom Moore. “They are particularly good on the offensive line, very quick on defense, and have the best kicker I’ve seen this year.”
Should the Pioneer defense hold, and key yardage weapons like Star TE Dalton Frantz be contained, it is still a footrace, quite literally, as Murfreesboro kicker Jacob Smith is no underdog having scored 65 points this season, including 10 FGs.
Smith’s longest FG during a game is 44 yards. He a 39.8-yard average punting. Warren County has a solid foot soldier as well in Jakob Morin, who handles all the kicking duties for the team. His specialty has been the onsides kick recovered by Warren County on several occasions this year. Morin’s longest field goal in a game is also 44 yards, but he’s hit from 55 in practice.
“Warren County is a much improved team’” said Siegel coach Greg Wyant. “Coach Moore has been doing a great job. It’s a well-coached team. We will have to play well Friday to take the win.”
The Pioneer team will be looking to improve on total rush yards. Warren County’s Deandre Thomas was key during last week’s win over Coffee County. With two TDs, a power runner, Thomas consistently gained the short yardage needed during a game.
The Pioneer offensive line will need to open up some holes for Noah Campbell and others to garner the first down drives. QB Isaiah Grayson has been one of the top rushing producers this season, although not ideal as he is opening himself up to more punishment if he’s flushed from the pocket.
For Warren County to pull it off, the Pioneers need to do better than last year when Siegel took the win, 44-14.
Win or lose, the Pioneers face another tough challenge next week on the road as they play Blackman in Murfreesboro.
Class 6A, Region 2
Oakland 5-0 8-0
Blackman 4-1 5-3
Smyrna 4-1 6-2
Riverdale 3-2 4-4
Cookeville 2-3 5-3
Warren County 1-4 2-6
Siegel 1-4 1-7
Coffee County 0-5 1-7