Suspense and excitement were in the air so thick Friday night at Nunley Stadium, the fans on both sides of the field could cut it with a knife.
Warren County High School played host to Coffee County, and a full house, and at the end of regulation, the score was tied 7-7.
Two overtimes later, Warren County was the last team standing and won the contest 13-7 to the hometown crowd’s delight.
“We didn’t hold anything back,” said Warren County coach Tom Moore of the two-OT thriller. “We just wanted to win. We had the will to win. Everybody stepped up and we were successful.”
In overtime, each team gets four downs to score from the 10-yard line.
In the first OT, Warren County (0-4, 2-6) had three unsuccessful downs to score from the 10. The Pioneers then tried a field goal that went wide. If the Pioneers had scored, the Red Raiders would have still had the chance to tie or win.
Since Warren County failed to put points on the board, Coffee County had the chance to end the game with a score. But the Pioneer defense was up to the challenge. After three tries for the end zone, the Red Raiders went wide with a field goal.
Coffee County had the first possession in the second OT. On first down, Warren County’s Brandon Velazquez scooped up a fumble the Red Raiders sent his way. Warren County had destiny in its hands in the form of four new downs. It didn’t take that many.
Jacob Rabideau scampered for 8 yards on first down, while Warren County’s Deandre Thomas, who had been an all-game standout player, took the pigskin home for the TD and the win on the next play. The touchdown was Thomas’ second as he scored early in the fourth quarter to get the Pioneers out front of Coffee County.
The entire defensive package for Warren County contained Coffee County to 118 yards rushing, 28 yards passing, recovered two fumbles, and had one interception. Every time the Red Raiders tried a wildcat formation, it still didn’t work as the Pioneers picked it up right away. Pass coverage ramped up and Coffee County’s Colton Prater didn’t have many options.
Coffee County’s only score came halfway through the fourth quarter after a successful drive allowed Alontae Taylor a 2-yard-touchdown run coming down field on their longest possession.
It was senior night at Nunley Stadium and the Warren County football team honored 17 players and a manager. Honored were Brendan Breedlove, Krojhn Calbert, Jaden Crisp, Logan Dyer, Hunter Hawkins, Justin Holt, Ethan Iocona, Jakob Morin, Alex Onate, Jacob Rabideau, Mitchell Stembridge, Raleigh Woods, Ethan Stuart, McCall Turner, Brandon Velazquez, Trent Westover, Alex Hobbs and manager Gracie Judkins.
The Pioneers hit the road for their next game as they face Siegel this Friday, Oct. 21. Game time is 7 p.m.
WCHS Thomas 5-yard TD run (PAT good) 7-0
CCHS Taylor 1-yard TD run (PAT good) 7-7
WCHS WCHS Thomas 2-yard TD run 13-7
Isaiah Grayson 5/13, 75 yards
deandre thomas 10/52 yards, 2 TDs
Jacob Rabideau 10/39 yards
McCall Turner 2/51 yards
Trevor Collins 1/10 yards
Trevor Westover 1/9 yards
Brendan Breedlove 1/5 yards
Colton Prater 4/12, 28 yards
Alontae Taylor 11/70 yards, TD
Deaaron Rozier 7/25 yards
Colton Prater 4/23 yards
Alontae Taylor 2/23 yards
tyreese mcgee 1/5 yards