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Rough start
Pioneers begin season with loss in Smithville
McCall Turner follows his blockers as he returns a kickoff during action against the Tigers Friday night. Turner and the Pioneers will look to get back on track this Friday against the Lebanon Blue Devils after falling to the Tigers, 27-7.
The WCHS football team kicked off its regular season Friday night in DeKalb County against the Tigers and it’s a night the Pioneers will want to soon forget.The Pioneers got down early, seemed to have life at the start of the third quarter, but then the wheels fell off and the Tigers scored 10 unanswered points to win the game, 27-7.The Pioneers made several mistakes on offense, including losing the turnover battle with the Tigers as they lost two fumbles and threw two interceptions.The Tigers committed only one turnover, but it was a big one, a fumble at the 1-yard line as they were going in for a TD.Despite the loss, Pioneer RB Raleigh Woods had a monster game as he tallied 25 carries for 151 yards and a touchdown.The Tigers were led by their senior quarterback, Stephen Jennings, who went 17-for-31 for 338 yards and two TDs. Jennings also had 39 yards rushing.Pioneer head coach Tom Moore said, “We fell behind early because we made a lot of mistakes, dumb penalties, turnovers, which was a recipe for disaster for us. We handled and ran the ball better in the second half but we put our defense in some bad situations.”Moore added, “I was proud of our defense for playing hard but we have to be better on both sides of the ball to win against good teams because DeKalb is a very good team.”The Pioneers were looking to pressure Jennings to rattle the hard-throwing QB, but the Tiger offensive line had other ideas.