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Victory at last
Pioneers' late rally stuns Owls
Sports Tristan Reish
Nobody was more fired up than senior linebacker Tristan Reish after he sniffed out a fake punt in the final minutes against the Owls. Reish's stop led to the Pioneers' game-winning touchdown. - photo by Jeffery Simmons
The weight has been lifted off the shoulders of every Warren County player.After enduring countless heartbreaks, the Pioneers were finally the ones who got to leave a silent stadium happy after scoring 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to beat Smith County 23-17 Friday night on the road.Warren County (3-5) ruined the Owls' senior night by storming back with three touchdowns in the final period, the last coming with 14.8 seconds to play when Christian Wilkinson hit Malik Ladet on a 34-yard scoring strike.The Pioneers had to sweat out the final seconds, but Rickie King ended the night with an interception on a Hail Mary attempt to improve his team to 3-1 on the road this season.Silence fell on one side of Smith County's stadium following King's pick, but the visiting side was raucous as the Pioneers closed out a close game. Warren County came into the game having lost on a blocked field goal return by Stone Memorial on the final play last week. Enduring such an emotional loss made Friday's come-from-behind victory even sweeter.The win was set up by Wilkinson's toss to Ladet, one of the few connections for the junior quarterback in the contest.