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WCHS football scrimmage set for Friday night

The Warren County High School football team opens the season Aug. 19 with its traditional border slugfest with DeKalb County.

It will be nearly a month after that before fans get to see the Pioneers at home. Warren County will open the season with its first four games on the road and won’t play its first home game until Cookeville makes a trip to McMinnville on Sept. 16.

“We’re looking forward to that Cookeville home game,” said WCHS coach Matt Turner. “The first month on the road is going to be grueling.”

The four road games to start the season is due to having to cancel the game against Memphis Ridgeway last year because of COVID. Since Warren County canceled when it was Ridgeway’s home game, the Pioneers have to honor that commitment and make the long trip to Memphis.

To help compensate for only four total home games this season, Turner has arranged two scrimmages at Nunley Stadium. Turner says referees will be on hand and he hopes to have the scrimmages more like actual games.

South Pittsburgh will visit Nunley Stadium this Friday night, Aug. 5. Turner says the start time has not been determined. 

Tullahoma will visit the following Tuesday, Aug. 9, which is the first day of school. Turner says that start time will be 6 p.m.

“We have everything installed with our offense, defense and kicking game so we’ll be ready to go full tilt if they are,” said Turner. “We won’t be able to charge admission but we will be taking up collections so maybe that will help us overcome the loss of one home game.”

Homecoming is Sept. 30 against Coffee County and Senior Night is Thursday, Oct. 20, against Franklin County.