Warriors host Warren County on Friday night at Dee Harris Field

By | August 23, 2018 8:49 am

Dawson Ogletree tries to take down Livingstone’s runner, on Friday night. (Photo by HANNAH LEFTWICH)

The White County High School Warriors will look to pick up their first win of the season, on Friday night. The Warriors are returning to the friendly confines of Dee Harris Field and will take on the Warren County High School Pioneers.

Friday’s game is against a very familiar foe. Warren County and White County have always been regular combatants in the sports arena. Whether in the same district or not, the two have faced off just about every season in just about every sport.

Since McMinnville City and McMinnville Central consolidated, in 1969, to become Warren County High School, the Warriors and Pioneers have met 39 times. Warren County holds the 22-17 advantage in the series. In this series, there have been blowouts by each team, and there have been barnburners. During those 46 years of meetings, they have played 16 games against each other in the same district. The teams split those match-ups equally. Since the turn of the century, the Warriors hold a 9-5 advantage.

The last time the two teams were in the same district was from 2009-2014, and they split those six meetings. The 2015 and 2016 season the Warriors and the Pioneers were not able to face off against each other because of the change by the TSSAA going from Districts to Regions, and the two teams were unable to find an open date that worked for both teams.

Warren County starts their season at 0-1 also, with a 19-14 loss against DeKalb County last Friday night. Warren County’s offense was led by their rushing attack. The Pioneers finished the night with 320 yards rushing. The Pioneers led DeKalb County with about six minutes to go. However, a roughing-the- punter call flipped the momentum and allowed DeKalb County to score. The Pioneers had a chance to score to take the lead but would get stopped at the DeKalb County’s 21-yard line.

Warren County was led in rushing by two different players. Eric Haywood and C.J. Taylor led the Pioneers in rushing with both players going over 150 yards.

The Warriors last week couldn’t seem to get their offense going. The Warriors finished the first half with 22 total yards of offense. The Warriors would finish the game with only 79 yards of total offense. This week, if the Warriors hope to come out with a win, on Friday night, their offense will have to get off to a better start than they did a week ago.

This game will be the first of four home games this season.

The Border Battle between the Warriors and Pioneers will kick off at 7 p.m., at Dee Harris Field. Make sure to get settled into your seats early. The Warriors have one of the best pre-game entrances around. Don’t miss it.

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