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Youth football provides excitement
Local squads prevail in thrillers
Pioneer QB Garryn Duggin turns the ball upfield for a 5-yard run Saturday against Manchester. The 8-9-year-old Pioneers won 34-20.

Warren County Youth Football pounded out two big victories against Manchester on Saturday, winning both games in thrilling fashion at Bobby Ray Field.
In 8-9-year-old action, Warren County used a pick six from Lucas Bouldin and hard running from Brody Womack to beat Manchester, 34-20.
Bouldin’s interception return for a TD was one of the game highlights as he raced 70 yards for the end zone after catching the ball.
“They tried to swing it out to the right side and he came up and took the ball right out of the receiver’s hands,” said Warren County coach Bert Sinks. “That was a big play for us.”
When Warren County wasn’t scoring on defense, the offense was clicking behind the speedy Womack and Keiondre Jackson. Womack scored two TDs as he was able to break free on the outside, while Jackson added a 40-yard burst for a TD.
“Our linemen were doing their duties and maintaining their blocks,” said Sinks. “That allowed Brody to hit the corner and he was gone.”
Powerful fullback Jr. Mares converted a pair of 2-point conversions after Warren County TDs.
Defensively, Jackson Clark and Blair Sinks were big-time players. Both were disruptive and made tackles in the Manchester backfield.
The win evens Warren County’s record at 2-2.
In 10-12-year-old action, Warren County scored off three straight second-half turnovers to come from behind and beat Manchester, 41-31.
Blake Anaya had two interceptions, including one he returned for a TD, while Justus Majors added an interception and Cody Mullican had a fumble recovery.
“We scored three unanswered TDs off three turnovers and that pretty much won the game,” said Warren County coach Connor Dixon. “The scoring had been back and forth before that with them in the lead.”
Jathen Pleasant was an unstoppable force running with the football. Among his TDs were a kickoff return he took all the way to the house.
Ben Anaya added a 70-yard kickoff return, but just missed the end zone when he was tackled at the 3. That set up a short Warren County TD drive.
Like the younger team, the win evens Warren County’s record at 2-2.
Football action stays in McMinnville this Saturday with more games scheduled at Bobby Ray Field.