Ben Matheney spent all summer trying to bring more players out to the Warren County Middle School football team. It's a good thing he was able to increase the numbers, because he's needed every available body this fall.
A rash of injuries has plagued the Pioneers, who are still in search of their first win this season after falling to Gladeville 14-6 Tuesday. It was the second straight road loss for WCMS, which also fell 29-8 last week against Coffee County.
"We've had quite a few injuries to some key players," said Matheney, who is in his first year with the team. "We're just a young team. We have to learn how to compete and to get where we can finish a game."
The Pioneers had a golden opportunity Tuesday, but were stopped several times deep in Gladeville territory.
The home team took a lead before halftime on a 90-yard touchdown pass, going ahead 8-0.
Warren County was able to narrow the gap on a short TD run by PJ Truax, only to see Gladeville seal the victory by returning the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown.
During last week's game in Manchester, the Pioneers fell behind by 23 in the first quarter. Warren County didn't get on the board until the fourth quarter.
The defense was responsible for all the points, getting a safety and a fumble return by Gavin Blocker for a score.
Warren County concludes its season Tuesday with a home game against White County. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. The game will serve as eighth-grade night.