The Warren County High School football team hopes to right the ship tonight when it takes the field at Nunley Stadium, but the task won’t be an easy one.
The Shelbyville Golden Eagles come to town tonight with plenty of momentum and a history of giving the Pioneers trouble.
Warren County has lost its last two games against the Golden Eagles, including a 41-13 defeat in Shelbyville last season.
The Golden Eagles look just as impressive this season as the team comes into tonight’s game at 1-0 after crushing Coffee County 40-13 last week.
For the Warren County offense, ball security will be crucial. Against the Red Raiders, the Shelbyville defense forced four fumbles, blocked two punts and intercepted a pass. The Golden Eagles turned two of those seven turnovers into touchdowns.
The Pioneers had some trouble last week holding onto the ball as sophomore Hunter Mullican threw two interceptions in the fourth quarter.
Mullican could earn his first varsity start tonight if senior Connor Dixon isn’t able to play. Dixon is still nursing an injury sustained against DeKalb County in the Pioneers’ 26-7 loss.
Defensively, coach Tommy Johnson knows the Pioneers success or failure will be determined on their ability to defend Marquis Morton.
Morton stars as Shelbyville’s tailback and scored four times last week. Morton had two touchdowns against the Pioneers a year ago.
Warren County could go into the game shorthanded, as Dixon and several other players are still trying to bounce back from injuries.
Senior offensive linemen MaCrae Thomsen and Nick Sangi were limited in practice this week. Senior linebacker Cory Prince could miss a second straight week with a concussion.
The Pioneers could welcome back freshman running back Bryson Lewis, who missed the first game after suffering a knee injury against Riverdale in a scrimmage. Lewis has participated in practice this week.
Tonight’s non-district game begins at 7 p.m.