The Warren County Middle School football team was looking to extend its winning streak to three games as it hosted the Franklin South Trojans on Tuesday night at Nunley Stadium.
The Pioneers once again used a highly potent rushing attack led by C.J. Taylor, who had three combined TDs in the game, and impressive defense to defeat the Trojans, 44-12.
With the win, the Pioneers now sit at 3-0 on the season with a trip to Shelbyville next week on the horizon.
“Shelbyville will be a test for us,” said WCMS coach Donnie Harris. “They are supposed to be the real deal. They have a couple running backs who are outstanding.”
Tuesday’s game wasn’t much of a challenge as the Pioneers were up 28-0 at the half.
“Our guys took enough lumps last year that they know what to do,” said Harris. “We’re good at figuring out what people are trying to do and poking holes in it. I was pleased with the work we were able to do on the offensive line, especially since a couple of our top guys didn’t play.”
The Pioneers didn’t waste any time getting on the board early in the first quarter as they drove the field and Taylor finished the drive with a six-yard touchdown run up the middle to give the Pioneers the lead, 6-0. The two-point conversion was no good.
Both teams failed to score until the start of the second quarter when Taylor took the ball in from 11 yards out to give the Pioneers the double-digit lead and gave Taylor his second rushing score of the game, 12-0. The two-point conversion was no good.
After the Trojans went three-and-out on their next drive, the Pioneers once again drove the field and Kason Holder took the ball in from nine yards out, extending the Pioneers lead, 18-0.
The third time was the charm for the Pioneers on the two-point conversion as they finally converted, making it a 20-point game, 20-0.
The Pioneers scored one more time just before halftime when quarterback Clay Thompson found C.J. Taylor on a 12-yard touchdown pass and the two-point conversion was good to extend the Pioneers lead to 28-0 at the half.
The second half was more of the same as the Pioneers continued to manhandle the Trojans on both sides of the ball. Warren County was up 44-6 in the third quarter when the Pioneers began substituting freely on the way to a 44-12 win.
The Pioneers will be back in action this Tuesday as they travel to Shelbyville to take on Harris in a battle of two undefeated teams. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m.