Warren County rugby hit the ground running for the playoffs. The first-year Pioneer program varsity team was the top seed in its district for playoffs. The Pioneers, who have had a great run in their inaugural year, finished the regular season with a tough loss to an undefeated Siegel team before coming up short in the second round of the state playoffs to a strong Harpeth team 31-0.
The Pioneers never quit against a tough, well-trained, and experienced Harpeth team. After the game, coach Bryan Kelsey reminded his guys they will always be the first building blocks that formed the foundation of Warren County rugby.
The Pioneers claimed wins over a team from Chicago, Stewarts Creek, and the big one in Warren County’s first-ever win at home versus Blackman.
Meanwhile the Lady Pioneers shocked the state in their first year with a win over Blackman, and losing by less than one score to Ravenwood, which is the undefeated No. 1 team going into the state semifinals. Warren County also had a tough loss early in the season against Riverdale, 12-10.
The Warren County Lady Pioneers will travel to the state semifinals in Knoxville this Saturday. Warren County will face a powerhouse program, Tribe Girls from East Tennessee. The Tribe girls have only lost one game to Maryville the last few years.
Coach Kelsey said, “At this point in the season I have several girls who are all-conference, a few I believe could be All-Americans with time, but I have one thing across the board, they all love to hit other girls. I have no doubt that this Saturday we will play at full speed and unhinged. The girls don’t need motivation from what I have witnessed. Warren County is now a brand new beast.”
A win would put the Lady Pioneers in the state championship game against Riverdale.