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Reaching for greatness
WCHS football looks to clean up a few things at Suds and Rinse Spring Game
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The Pioneers are ready to show what the 2022 WCHS Football team will look like at the spring game Monday at Nunley Stadium. They’ve been practicing for a while, and Coach Matt Turner has high expectations for the upcoming season.


“This is kind of the capstone, the final exam,” he said, referring to the scrimmage. “This the final look for coaches, and it’s kind of tough being an intrasquad game just because our spring numbers have gone down a bit.” Despite the hurdles, Turner expressed his excitement for the upcoming players.


“I love being able to get over to Nunley Stadium, put the game jerseys on and put them in a field scenario.” Turner says this will be the last evaluation before putting their pads back on in late July. He said when asked what they’re looking for, “What returners have developed even more, what new guys have really come on, and what their weaknesses and strengths are going into the summer.”


The Pioneers are changing up their offense a bit this year, and Turner said that the players are having fun with the plays. “If you’ve watched any of the old Nebraska or Navy teams, the way they tossed the ball around there, it’s exciting in itself seeing that.”


“Nate Elrod’s come out here and has done pretty well as the quarterback,” he added, “We’ve moved Braylon Grayson to the tailback spot.” He also mentioned a few wings in Dawson Haley, Donathan Lewis, Jonathan Martinez, and Jaythan Pleasant saying their speed is going to be an asset.


“It’s a blessing to have Dayton Jernigan back full time,” he added, “The last time we saw him was in Cookeville, but he’s looking very good.” He credited the offensive line for its maturity and aggression. There are still holes to fill in some positions, and hopefully this game will shed some light on who can take those spots.


Turner said that they’ve been putting a lot of effort in the kicking game with Beckham Scott returning. “We have repped those every day, consistently: the kickoff, kickoff return, punt.” Turner recognized that many programs don’t prioritize that aspect until right before the season, and they’ve made an effort to change that.


WCHS football would appreciate the support at the scrimmage and are asking for donations of detergent or bottled water as admission.