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Pioneers look to be special
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The Warren County High School football team would like to be a full-service special teams unit this year. The Pioneers want to make plenty of house calls.
With seniors Ty Worthington and Maurkel Breedlove working as the team’s kick returners, coach Tommy Johnson believes the Pioneers could score on special teams this year.
“Special teams are a big deal for us,” said Johnson. “We’ve come close to scoring in the past and we’d like to take one to the house this year.
“We want special teams to play a big part on our team and we don’t want to be caught off guard by other teams.”
Special teams were splendid at times last year as D’Andre League routinely set up the team with good field position. League  will be the team’s top punt returner, but Worthington and Breedlove have assumed most of the return responsibilities on kicks.
Worthington fielded kicks and punts last year as his sure hands and speed make him a perfect fit for the return role. Breedlove is a downhill runner coach Johnson praises for his ability to gain yardage after contact.
Coach Johnson has added extra incentive to his kick coverage team as all the Pioneers want to be part of the “wolfpack.” Coach Johnson gave the special unit a nickname and has even more in store for the guys.
“We’re calling the guys the wolfpack and we’re going to get dog tags they’ll get to wear throughout the week to distinguish their play on special teams,” said Johnson.
The Pioneers will have a steady leg to rely on when the team lines up for field goals. Junior Johnny Smith returns as the team’s starting kicker.
Smith was 2-for-3 on field goals last season with a long of 35 yards and made 10-of-12 extra points.
Freshman Evan Reynolds will assume the role of punter which was vacated by departing senior Ricardo Duenas. The player teammates call “Sunshine,” was the kicker and punter for Warren County Middle School a season ago and has a strong leg.
Editor’s note: This is the final part of a seven-part series breaking down the Warren County High School roster.