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Pioneers to face Owls
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Ending a 15-game losing streak was all the motivation the Warren County High School football team needed when it took the field last Thursday against the Cumberland County Jets.Now that the Pioneers have snapped the streak emphatically with a 24-point victory, coach Tommy Johnson hasn’t had to look far for new ways to motivate his team.Even with a win under their belts, the Pioneers figure to be huge underdogs when taking the field tonight to play the Smith County Owls.Warren County (1-2) will hit the road for the third time in four weeks tonight to pay a visit to the Owls, who will be playing at home for the third straight week.Smith County (2-1) started the season with two wins, beating White County on the road 34-0 in Week 0, then following it up with a 28-27 victory over Gordonsville at home. The Owls saw their 16-game, regular-season winning streak snapped last week by Livingston Academy in a 41-19 loss.Facing a fired-up Owl squad presents a challenge for the Pioneers, who fell at home 51-0 last year to Smith County.Coach Johnson knows his team faces a tall order tonight, but the Pioneers have prepared this week with a new-found confidence following last week’s win.“The biggest difference I noticed last week before the Jets game is how our team prepared,” said Johnson. “We practiced like a team expecting to win.