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Scrimmage exposes Pioneer needs
Moore sees lines as strength of team
Pioneer senior offensive lineman Ethan Stuart works on blocking techniques during practice Monday afternoon at WCHS. Stuart will bring much experience to the Pioneers in his fourth year as a starter on the O-line.

The Warren County High School football team was back at practice Monday afternoon, just a couple of days after taking on Summit High School in a scrimmage on Friday night.
Pioneer head coach Tom Moore gave his insight on how he thought the Pioneers fared Friday night.
“We always want to do well in scrimmages but the early scrimmages really show what the team needs to work on. We found out we don’t have much depth at the skill positions, so we are going to have to find a way to not have the same guys on the field for offense and defense,” said Moore.
“We didn’t play well in the scrimmage. Defensively we gave up too many big plays and there are some things we’ve got to fix and get better. That’s something we are going to have to fix in 19 days as we get ready to take on DeKalb.”
The defensive side may need some work but junior quarterback Isaiah Grayson played well in the scrimmage, according to Moore.
“Isaiah threw the ball well in the scrimmage. We only had about 30 plays the offense ran the entire scrimmage but he threw the ball real well and I think we will be able to throw the ball successfully this season.”
Jacob Rabideau, Trayton Rackley and DeAndre Thomas were some of several Pioneers not to dress out for practice Monday and didn’t play in the scrimmage Friday night with injuries. Moore emphasized they will be back on the field soon.
“These are all guys that contributed and played well in the spring and are a significant part of the team. If it was a regular season game on Friday night, all of those players could’ve played,” Moore said.
The offensive and defensive lines are the Pioneers strongest positions, led by seniors Ethan Stuart, Krohjn Calbert and Hunter Hawkins.
“I would say the offensive and defensive lines are our strongest positions,” said Moore. “We have to have production out of those two positions for sure.”
Coach Moore had some high praise about Stuart and the rest of the offensive and defensive lines.
“Ethan Stuart is one of the best lineman in the Midstate and he is a really good player. He’s smart, a four-year, experienced starter, is as strong as an ox and he has really had a good preseason for us.”
Moore added, “Krohjn doesn’t have the experience right now but he has a lot of ability. When you put him and Stuart on the offensive line together, they are pretty good.
Justin Holt, who started every game at right guard has also had a good preseason, according to Moore but the center position on the offensive line is still up in the air. Jathan Marsh, Zane Maxwell and Isaiah Rutledge are all battling for the position.
On the defensive line, Hawkins will bring some experience as he’s already been a two-year starter for the Pioneers.
“Hunter is a formidable player with experience and he’s really hard to block when he gets going,” Moore said.
Jaden Crisp and Mitchell Stembridge will also be some names to look for on the defensive line this season.
The Pioneers will have their next scrimmage this Friday night at Tullahoma.