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Pioneers making final preparations
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The last opportunity to see the Warren County High School and Middle School football teams in action before the start of the regular season will be tomorrow at Nunley Stadium.
Both Pioneer teams will play intersquad scrimmages as part of the first “Boys to Men” playday in Warren County.
The event begins at 10 a.m. at Nunley Stadium with the middle school battling in a Red vs. White workout. Coach Greg Cotten, entering his fourth year at WCMS, is happy to have an event to get all the football players in Warren County together.
“I think it’s great to have all the football players in Warren County, from youth to high school, at the same place at the same time,” said Cotten. “It gives the kids a chance to get out in front of a crowd and hear the cheers.”
Following the middle school scrimmage, a pep rally will begin to recognize the youth football players in Warren County, as well as the Pioneers from the middle school and high school.
Coach Cotten and high school coach Tommy Johnson will speak at the rally. The Warren County High School cheerleaders will also perform.
Though coach Johnson’s team has dealt with a rash of injuries of late, he still believes Saturday is a great opportunity to get his players in front of the fans from Warren County.
“I’m excited about the scrimmage,” said Johnson. “It’s an opportunity to showcase our guys and let the fans see our team.”
Coach Johnson hasn’t determined the setup of the high school scrimmage. With many players still nursing injuries and the start of the season just a week away, coach Johnson is taking every precaution necessary to be at full force when DeKalb County comes to town next Friday.
Depending on the availability of players, most importantly the number of healthy linemen ready to scrimmage, coach Johnson foresees the team lining up for either a full scrimmage or just working the first-team offense versus the first-team defense for a  certain number of series.
The event costs $5 to enter. All proceeds from the “Boys to Men” playday will go to buying new equipment for the Pioneer football programs.