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Pioneers win scrimmage
WCHS edges Marshall County in 7-on-7 tuneup
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Winning has come easy to the Warren County High School football team this summer. The next step is keeping it going into the fall.
Behind a prolific performance by senior quarterback Hunter Mullican, the Pioneers downed Marshall County Monday in a 7-on-7 scrimmage, giving Warren County four scrimmage victories this summer. Mullican tossed six touchdowns to six different receivers and the Pioneer defense intercepted three passes en route to defeating a team with a coaching staff full of familiar faces.
Warren County traveled to face the Tigers, who are coached by former Pioneer offensive coordinator Aaron Pitts. Coach Pitts led the Tigers to a 5-6 record and playoff berth in his first season with the team last year after a successful two-year stint with the Pioneers under coach Tommy Johnson.
Also serving on the Marshall County staff are Pedro Holiday and Chris Johnson, last year’s coordinators for Warren County. Coach Holiday and coach Johnson got a first-hand look at how well the Pioneers they coached a year ago have progressed, especially Mullican.
After suffering through an injury-plagued junior season, Mullican looks to have regained the form that made him a record-setting signal caller for the Pioneers as a sophomore. Mullican was in full control of the Pioneer offense as he found open receivers roaming against the Tigers throughout the scrimmage.
Mullican made it a habit of finding his senior teammates in the open field as veteran wide receivers Lee Carden, Drew Davidson, D’Andre League and Park Hilliard all snagged touchdowns. Junior Malik Ladet and sophomore Evan Reynolds were also able to get in the end zone for the Pioneers.
As Mullican led the offense to pay dirt over and over, coach Johnson couldn’t help but be impressed by the precision of his team’s offense and its leader.
“We really spread the ball around and caught it well,” said Johnson. “I was really pleased with how they played.”
While the offense hummed along, the Pioneer defense made plays to prevent Marshall County from keeping up. Ladet, Carden and Blake Dugan each had interceptions as the scrimmage set up for passing gave the back end of the Pioneer defense chances to make plays.
The progression of the Pioneer pass defense, which struggled mightily a season ago, is one of the many things coach Johnson hopes carry over once Warren County puts on pads on Friday nights this fall.
“We’re doing a lot of things well right now, but it’s time we take this momentum into the season with us,” said Johnson. “The thing I’ve been most pleased with is our mentality stepping onto the field. We expect to win when we get off the bus.”
The Pioneers participated in a full day of 7-on-7 scrimmages last week at John Paul II High School where the team earned three victories in six contests. Warren County defeated John Paul II, Jackson County and Smyrna while also giving one of the top teams in the state a run for its money.
Going against Riverdale, the Pioneers lost as the Warriors scored one more two-point conversion than Warren County.
Monday’s win gave Warren County a 4-3 record in scrimmages as the team wrapped up its summer schedule. Next up for the Pioneers is the start of fall practice, which begins earlier than normal this year.
The TSSAA is giving teams an extra week to get their players acclimated to practice by granting three days of work in shoulder pads and helmets before the actual start of fall practice Monday, July 29. Coach Johnson will have his team on the field next week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as the Pioneers plan to take full advantage of the extra days of practice.
The season is 37 days away as Warren County starts play with a home game against DeKalb County Friday, Aug. 23.