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Pioneers move first home game
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The countdown to the start of the Warren County High School football season keeps dropping a day at a time, but the countdown to the first home game got an added boost Monday.Warren County High School athletic director Todd Willmore announced the first home game, which features the Pioneers playing District 6-AAA rival Cumberland County, has been moved from Friday, Aug. 31 to Thursday, Aug. 30 to avoid conflict with the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic.The kickoff classic features the University of Tennessee Volunteers playing the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the Georgia Dome as one of the first games of the college football season.After speaking with officials from Cumberland County, Willmore made the decision to move the home game to Thursday night in hopes of giving the Pioneer and Vol fanbases a chance to view both games.“We agreed mutually with Cumberland County about moving the game and it was cleared with the TSSAA,” said Willmore. “After speaking with the regional assignor, who works with officials, it has become a common theme in our region for games to be moved due to the Tennessee game.”“It seems like we got in a little ahead of the curve as more and more requests could come in for games to be moved to Thursday night,” continued Willmore.Willmore spoke Tuesday with the TSSAA, which accepted since both teams were in agreement. Several games scheduled for Friday, Aug. 30 in East Tennessee have already moved to Thursday or Saturday night to avoid conflict.Moving the first home game for Warren County may draw doubters, but a dwindling turnout for a Friday home game was too much of a risk to take.“After speaking with several people who thought it could cost us at the gate if we didn’t move, we agreed to make the change,” said Willmore.