The defense needs to tackle better, special teams have to protect the football, but ultimately for Warren County High School to succeed, the team is going to have to score points.
The lack of offense in the first two games is a point of emphasis for coach Tommy Johnson during this week’s practices.
“We’ve got to score points,” said Johnson. “We’re not clicking on offense right now so we’re going to try some new things to try to get it going.”
Warren County has scored only seven points in its first two games, with the lone touchdown coming on a three-play drive against DeKalb County following a turnover.
The Pioneers are averaging 166 yards of offense through two games and the running game makes up the majority of the total. Sophomore running back Cameron Lusk has amassed 147 yards on the ground and scored Warren County’s touchdown against the Tigers on opening night.
Sophomore quarterback Hunter Mullican was thrust into action in the first quarter against DeKalb County following an injury to senior Connor Dixon and it looks like Mullican will hold the position for the time being. Dixon still hasn’t recovered from a shoulder injury he originally sustained against Riverdale in a scrimmage Aug. 5.
Mullican has completed 33 percent of his passes but his completion percentage has been hindered by dropped passes. The Pioneers let six passes go through their hands last week against Shelbyville, a game that saw Mullican finish 2-for-16.
While the offense is still trying to find its groove, coach Johnson has seen his defense play fairly well when the unit is rested. The key for the Pioneers is giving the defense a break on the sidelines from time-to-time.
“We need to sustain drives on offense to keep our defense rested,” said Johnson. “I don’t think the defense has played bad but we get tired.”
Last week, Shelbyville turned three Pioneer turnovers into 17 points. The Golden Eagles also recovered an onside kick which led to a touchdown.
With the Pioneers struggling to find points, coach Johnson knows his team can’t afford to let miscues give other teams easy opportunities to score.
Warren County’s junior varsity team got an opportunity Monday to scrimmage against a quality opponent when the Oakland Patriots came to town.
The Pioneers and Patriots worked out for nearly two hours at Nunley Stadium with the scoreboard off, but the final tally on touchdowns was 4-0 in Oakland’s favor.
The JV team will take a few weeks off before working out against Coffee County on Sept. 19. The scrimmage against the Red Raiders will also be at Nunley Stadium and will begin at 6 p.m.