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Rough start dooms WCMS against White County
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Eighth-grader Isaiah Robledo performed at a high level for the Pioneers on Thursday night against White County. Robledo had an interception and also ran for a touchdown in the game. He made many key tackles and he caught a pass, at left. - photo by Brad Durham
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Eighth-grader Isaiah Robledo performed at a high level for the Pioneers on Thursday night against White County. Robledo had an interception and also ran for a touchdown in the game. He made many key tackles and he caught a pass, at left. - photo by Brad Durham

The game started with an onside kick by White County against the WCMS Pioneer football team Thursday night at Nunley Stadium.  

Warren County recovered the onside kick, but quickly turned the ball over on an interception that White County ran back for a touchdown. It was the beginning of a first half that was completely dominated by White County, which was up 28-0 at halftime and won the game 38-8.

After the game, WCMS head coach Ben Matheny told his team he may delete the game film because the first half is not who the team really is. Matheny said, “I am proud of the effort in the second half. Take Friday, Saturday and Sunday off. We had big plays against us and didn’t respond. This is something we have got to overcome in the future.”

In defense of the middle school Pioneers, they have played three games in a week, with a game at Franklin North on Monday night that was a COVID-makeup game. Many teams are doing strange things during this pandemic to make up games. White County also had a makeup game Monday night.

The star and human highlight film for Warren County was Isaiah Robledo. He played his heart out all four quarters, and it showed. Robledo had an interception, a 56-yard run for a touchdown that was called back for offensive holding, and he caught a pass on the next play that he extended to the 7-yard line. 

Robledo ran it in for a touchdown a few plays later from the 3-yard line. Shia Hill converted the 2-point conversion to make the score 38-8.

The Pioneers did play much better in the second half, holding White County to 10 points. The visiting Warriors sustained long drives with an effective rushing attack. Robledo made tackles all over the field, and if there were awards given for offensive, defensive, and special team performance, Isaiah would have won all three.

There are only five days for the Pioneers to prepare for a trip to Coffee County for their next game on Tuesday. They need three days of rest after three games in seven days. The Pioneers have yet to win a game this season. Hopefully they will find their first win in Manchester.