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Winning
Pioneers drop DeKalb to start Smith's tenure
Rickie King
Rickie King turns the corner and looks for room to run against the Tigers. King had 130 yards rushing in Warren Countys season-opening win over DeKalb County. - photo by Jeffery Simmons
Debuting in DeKalb County seems to do the trick for new Pioneer coaches.In the first game under Scott Smith, the Warren County High School football team picked up a 34-30 victory over the Tigers Friday, snapping a three-game losing streak in the rivalry. It was the first win for the Pioneers over DeKalb County since 2010, when Tommy Johnson started his four-year tenure with a 19-16 win in Smithville.This year’s contest saw Warren County dig a 10-point hole in the first quarter, only to storm back and take a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter. Junior quarterback Christian Wilkinson and a spectacular running game were the catalysts to a huge 27-point turnaround and helped the Pioneers win for the first time since beating Coffee County in their fourth game last season.Wilkinson, starting for the first time, finished 11-for-15 for 95 yards and one touchdown – a scoring toss just before halftime that gave the Pioneers a 21-17 lead.