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WCHS battles state champs to tie
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Pioneer QB Nate Elrod looks over the defense Tuesday against Tullahoma. Warren County is scheduled to face two teams tonight in jamboree action in Sequatchie County.
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Jaythan Pleasant shakes free from this Tullahoma defender to run for a first down Tuesday night. Pleasant is as fast as a race car.

The WCHS football team held its own against defending state champion Tullahoma during a Tuesday night scrimmage at Nunley Stadium.

During one half of varsity action, the two teams tied, 14-14.

“I’m sure there’s a ton of corrections that we can make and I feel like the guys made some corrections while they were out there,” said WCHS coach Matt Turner. “I love having a team like we do that’s coachable and eager to learn.” 

Creed Adams made a fumble recovery that led to the first Pioneer TD, a counter run by Dawson Haley.

“I think Creed Adams is a player we’re really going to be hearing a lot about,” said Turner. “He got that fumble by just being around the football and I think our defense in general is flying around the football. Dawson Haley scored on a little counter play that caught the defense off-guard. Braylon was busting it hard up the middle and then Dawson busts one loose on a counter so that was good to see. It reminded me of when we were doing that with Lacedrick Cox and Malachi Rippy.” 

Warren County got the ball first. However, three incompletions led to a punt on fourth down, giving possession to Tullahoma.

Tullahoma also made some incompletions against a swarming Pioneer defense to turn the ball right back over. 

Haley finally got some momentum for the Pioneers with a first down. Jaythan Pleasant followed this up with a first down himself.

A penalty pushed the Pioneers back and killed the drive, but Warren County gained momentum on defense with the Creed Adams fumble recovery. Pleasant made another first down which was followed by Haley’s TD straight up the middle with the defense falling for the outside ball fake.

The second quarter was competitive as Tullahoma scored shortly thereafter with the big play being a slant-route completion that took the ball close to the goal line. Tullahoma punched it in to tie the scrimmage, 7-7. 

The Pioneers made a few first downs when they got control with Braylon Grayson and Pleasant making one each. But with strong Tullahoma play near the end zone, WC couldn’t make the touchdown.

Tullahoma scored an impressive touchdown after sending the ball down the field and it was gracefully caught by their receiver.

However, the Pioneers would answer at the end with a nifty Alex van Vuuren TD catch. Surrounded by Tullahoma defenders, van Vuuren got open and made the catch, showing his athleticism and ability to come down with the football. That made the varsity teams tied after one half of action.

The freshman squad opened the game with Warren County trailing going into the second quarter down 21-8. Gage Cotton made a nice interception for the Pioneers to show he can be a playmaker.

Another highlight for the Pioneers was Adrian Harris who maneuvered around Tullahoma’s defense and ran over 80 yards for a WC touchdown. The freshman game ended after two quarters with Tullahoma edging out a 28-16 win.