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WCMS football prepares for uncertain season
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Creed Adams does some agility drills Monday afternoon at Nunley Stadium as the Warren County Middle School Pioneers prepare for the season.
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WCMS players do body squats Monday in practice. Pictured, from left, are Manuel Perez, Aiden Looper and Braylon Hankins.

Warren County Middle School football players are at least getting to practice at the picturesque and historic confines of Nunley Stadium.

When their season may begin is anybody’s guess.

WCMS coach Ben Matheney is expressing optimism as he prepares to enter his second season at the helm of the middle school squad.

Matheney says the season-opener, as it stands now, is scheduled for Aug. 18 against Franklin County North. He’s in the process of trying to get a game in sooner, Aug. 13 against Cannon County. But Matheney admits those dates are subject to change.

“I feel like we will have a season, I’m just not exactly sure when,” said Matheney.

The Pioneers have a strong foundation of returning players who received considerable playing time last year.

“I have seven or eight upcoming eighth-graders who got quite a bit of experience last year,” said Matheney. “I feel like offensive line should be a strength of the team. We have five guys who either started last year or got a lot of playing time. We’re still looking at the skill positions trying to figure out who will play quarterback and running back.”

After missing some practice time due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Pioneers are back on the field in limited capacity. Since it hasn’t been approved for a football to be used in practice, the team has focused on agility work, conditioning, and learning formations.

“A lot of this stuff we would have gone over in April if it was a normal year,” said Matheney. “But it’s good to be back. We have about 35 kids who have been coming regularly. They are excited to be out here and excited to get going.”