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Pioneers scrimmage tonight
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Matt Turner is entering his fourth season as head coach of the WCHS Pioneer football team.

Pioneer football fans will get their first look at the 2022 Warren County High School football team tonight at Nunley Stadium with a reigning state champion as the opponent.

South Pittsburg will make a visit to Nunley Stadium on Friday for a 6 p.m. scrimmage against the Pioneers.

There is no gate charge, but buckets will be available to make a donation to WCHS football. There are only four home games this season instead of the traditional five so coach Matt Turner is hoping donations can help compensate for the lost gate from one game.

Warren County is bursting with talent at the skills positions and also has the services of strong and fast lineman Dayton Jernigan, who figures to be a force at tight end and defensive line.

Turner says the scrimmage will be down and distance format and he says the goal is to get all 88 players on WCHS roster on the field.

“They won the state championship last year,” said Turner of South Pittsburg. “They lost a lot of good players from that team who are now playing in college, but they still have some talented guys coming back and they have tradition. The have some really good athletes on their D-line and some dangerous skill guys too. I know they have a running back who is very good so this will be a test of where we are at this point.”

After tonight, the Pioneers will have a home scrimmage on Tuesday, Aug. 9, against Tullahoma. Start time will be 6 p.m. at Nunley Stadium.

On Friday, Aug. 12, the Pioneers will have their final preseason tune-up in the Sequatchie County Jamboree. Warren County is scheduled to face Rhea County at 7 p.m. and Grundy County at 7:30 p.m. 

Jamboree tickets are $8 and can be purchased during the two home scrimmages at Nunley Stadium.