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Shifting schedule

Honoring seniors on the Warren County High School football team will happen a little earlier this season. The decision has been made to move senior night to this Friday, Oct. 5 when the Pioneers play host to winless Fayetteville.

Traditionally, senior night is held on the last home game of the season. That was the case this year as well, with the schedule listing the Oct. 26 game against Oakland as senior night previously. The Patriots are currently 5-1, ranked No. 2 in the state and have beaten the Pioneers by a combined score of 163-14 since the teams became region foes in 2015.

“We thought this would be a more competitive game to honor our seniors than Oakland and we made the change,” said athletic director Todd Willmore, adding the event will begin at 6:20 p.m. before the 7 p.m. kickoff.

Along with the football team, seniors from the cheer team, Pioneerettes and band will also be honored.

While the decision moves up an event traditionally marking the end of the season, coach Tom Moore wants to make it clear that this game will not end the Pioneer season. Warren County will have two more games remaining following a bye on fall break.

“The move was made because several people had asked about moving it to this game and I didn’t object to it,” said Moore. “I thought it’d be a good chance for our seniors to go out on a good note for their senior night.

“We fully intend to come back with our best game plan against Riverdale after fall break. We want to finish the season strong.”

The final road game for the Pioneers will be Friday, Oct. 19 at Riverdale.

It has been a trying year for Warren County, which entered its first game with less than 40 players dressing out for varsity. Many players have been asked to start on both sides of the ball, depleting the energy of the Pioneers over seven weeks of competition.

Injuries have also taken their toll. Warren County was without six starters the last two weeks when the team lost by 39 points each game – 45-6 at Siegel and 42-3 at home against Blackman.

Despite the lopsided final score, Moore saw a fight in his team against the Blaze that gives him hope for the future.

“I was encouraged by how we played against Blackman. The guys had grit and spirit. We hope to continue the trend of becoming more competitive as the season rolls on,” said Moore. “We have lots of young guys. The more they play, the better they’ll get. In the long run, this helps them become better football players.”

Warren County is currently 1-6 overall and 0-4 in region play. Friday’s kickoff is set for 7 p.m.