If the end of spring practice was any indication of the success the Warren County High School football team will have this fall, fans may want to mark their calendars for August 23 and try to contain their excitement in the 96 days from now until then.
In a scrimmage held at the Warren County High School practice field Friday, the Pioneers dominated against Watertown High School to wrap up a successful two weeks of spring practice.
Warren County was able to end on a high note, something coach Tommy Johnson always preaches to his team at every practice and workout. The Pioneers controlled the action when both teams had their starters on the field, including highly recruited Watertown quarterback Ty Jobe.
The Pioneers knew coming into the scrimmage Jobe was the catalyst to their team’s spread attack and his skills were being highly sought after by several SEC schools. Warren County shut down Jobe and the Purple Tigers in the process.
The scrimmage started with both teams alternating possessions that lasted for 10 offensive plays. The Watertown offense started with the ball and Jobe made several underneath throws, but his tosses down the field were well defended by the Pioneers.
Warren County took over on offense after holding Watertown out of the endzone, but the home team wasn’t going to continue the scrimmage’s scoring drought. The Pioneers, led by soon-to-be senior quarterback Hunter Mullican, marched straight down the field for the score.
Mullican started the rally by hitting Ethan Fliss for a first down on a third-down play. The Pioneers followed by establishing the ground game and bruising tailback Cameron Lusk.
Lusk had the longest gain of the scrimmage for the Pioneers when he ripped through the Purple Tiger defense on a sweep that gained over 30 yards. Warren County followed by running a counter to Drew Davidson that looked destined to be shut down for a loss, but Davidson escaped a tackle in the backfield and was able to make something out of nothing.
Tristan Reish got in on the action when he rumbled for 10 yards on the next play and ended his carry emphatically by leveling a Watertown defender for an extra yard.
Mullican capped the drive by hitting Davidson on an out that set up first-and-goal, then tossing over the top of the defense for a touchdown to D’Andre League.
Watertown tried to answer back by mounting a drive deep into Pioneer territory, but the drive stalled on the 10th play. Jobe tried to throw for a score, but Chayse Frye slung the Watertown QB down for the team’s first sack of the scrimmage.
Warren County took over on offense and went right back to work. Mullican connected with Davidson on a long first-down pass, then Lusk rumbled for 15 more yards on a sweep. Evan Reynolds made a juggling catch on the drive before Bryson Lewis took over with two long runs.
Lewis’ second run, which came on the sweep and featured a huge block from Reish, looked to be the team’s second touchdown as Lewis was tackled near the endzone. However, a costly fumble that drew the ire of the Pioneer coaching staff would end the drive.
The scrimmage concluded with each team getting a look at some of the younger players at the scrimmage.
Afterward, coach Johnson talked about how happy he was with his team and the mental progress they made during spring camp.
“Overall, I was very pleased with our effort these two weeks and the growth of our team in learning what we want to do,” said Johnson. “In the scrimmage, I think we really improved our football IQ. We still have things to improve, but our guys are grasping the base formations we’ve put in.”
The Pioneers will take the summer off before reporting back for fall practice at the start of August. The season begins Friday, Aug. 23 with a home game against DeKalb County.