A playoff berth won't be at stake Friday night. A winning record went out the window a long time ago.
The only thing motivating the Pioneers going into their final week of the regular season is pride and sending the team's many seniors out with a win.
The Warren County High School football team enjoyed a bye week, but will be back in action soon when Cumberland County visits Nunley Stadium Friday night for the season finale.
Warren County enters the game at 3-6 overall, but only 1-3 in district play. Two of those losses were blowouts (47-0 loss at Cookeville and falling 43-6 at Rhea County), while the third was a 40-34 heartbreaker at home against Stone Memorial. The team's win came in White County where the Pioneers forced four turnovers in a 20-14 win.
Getting an extra week to prepare gives the Pioneers ample opportunity to end the season on a high note, along with topping three wins for the first time in six years. Warren County last won four games in 2008, also the last time the team made the playoffs.
Warren County will go into the season looking to reverse some numbers that have plagued the team all season.
The Pioneers have been outgained by over 500 yards and only forced 15 punts in nine games this season. The Warren County defense has forced 15 turnovers, but also allows 366 yards per game and 33.3 points per contest.
Defense was a big focus during last week's practices and will continue to be an emphasis heading into the season finale and offseason.
Offensively, several Pioneers are having standout seasons. Senior wide receiver Adrian Lusk has already set the school record for catches in a year with 54 receptions this season. Malik Ladet, a fellow senior, is the team's second leading reciever and fourth on the team in rushing. Ladet has combined for four touchdowns this season.
Junior Christian Wilkinson has been one of the most accurate quarterbacks in school history in his first year as a starter. Wilkinson has connected on 56.5 percent of his passes, a better mark than Hunter Mullican or Josh Paz had in record-breaking years.
The Pioneer offense currently averages 305 yards per contest and scores 21.1 points per game.
Friday's senior night game is set to start at 7 p.m.