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Surging in the spring
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Jeffery Simmons photo Jonathon Duenas reaches out to catch a pass during spring practice for the Pioneers. Warren County will conclude its spring Friday, the final day of a 10-workout schedule over the last three weeks.

Perfection on the gridiron is a constant pursuit. The Pioneers have been at work for the last three weeks in hopes of improving for the 2018 season.

Only time will tell if the hard work put in during this May heat will bear fruit this fall.

“We’ve had a good spring,” said WCHS coach Tom Moore. “Every coach says they want to evaluate what they have and see who has improved over the offseason. We’re no different from anybody else.

“We’ve had some fresh faces we wanted to look at. There’s some players who will step into new roles.”

The Pioneers were set to end the spring with a scrimmage against Grundy County Friday at Nunley Stadium, but the clash had to be cancelled.
Instead, coach Moore is focusing on having an uplifting last day – wrapping up 10 practices over the last three weeks.

“We’re not going to have a full-blown blue and white game like we’ve done in the past,” said Moore. “We’re going to focus on competition things. We’ll work to make it fun for the boys.”

Despite having many players absent due to conflicting schedules with spring sports, Moore has been able to get a gauge on the Pioneer future.
One of the biggest questions facing the Pioneers will be who replaces record-setting quarterback Isaiah Grayson. Rising sophomore Clay Thompson and Bryson Elrod are both vying for the spot.

“I think Bryson and Clay have looked good. I’ve liked what I’ve seen from our quarterbacks,” said Moore. “They both look improved throwing the ball and with their mechanics.”

Whoever lines up behind center should get the benefit of protection from one of the strong units on the team. Moore believes his offensive line, along with the defensive secondary, is a source of confidence among the coaching staff.

“Right now, the strength of the team is the offensive line – which is a good thing – and our secondary,” said Moore. “It’s where our experience is coming back. We have a number of guys who played last year and there’s no substitute for experience.”

Warren County opens the 2018 season at DeKalb County Friday, Aug. 17.