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WCMS prevails
Pioneers come back to remain undefeated
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Playing catchup Tuesday night, the Warren County Middle School Pioneer football team went on the road to beat Tullahoma, 28-12, to remain undefeated.
The victory improves WCMS to 5-0 on the season.
The Pioneers were down 12-6 at the half, but cranked up the defensive intensity in the second half to pulverize Tullahoma.
“Kaden Jordan really stepped up, and the rest of the defense did too, to shut down Tullahoma’s options,” said Pioneer head coach Donnie Harris.
The Pioneers fumbled on the opening drive after a promising 35-yard gain across midfield. That led to an early Tullahoma score and a 6-0 lead.
Pioneer QB Clay Thompson then threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Braden Bottoms to even it up 6-6. The Pioneers drew a penalty on the ensuing kickoff to give their opponents excellent field position when they returned the second kickoff to the 20. That was followed by a TD run and Tullahoma was up 12-6.
In the second half, the Pioneer D kicked into high gear and worked to contain the Wildcats. C.J. Taylor ignited the offense when he ran 38 yards for the score. A subsequent try for the 2-point conversion was unsuccessful but the Pioneers tied it up, 12-12.
A breakout run by Xander Lee put Warren County in the lead, 18-12, and a Taylor run added two more points for the conversion, 20-12.
Tullahoma never did recover. Lee added another TD, while Taylor also repeated a successful conversion leaving the final score 28-12 in a solid overall effort, according to coach Harris.
“It’s really the team,” Harris said. “We just stay out of the way and let them play.”
The WCMS Pioneers will try to extend their winning streak to six when they go on the road to Coffee County on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Game time is 6 p.m.