WCHS football schedule looks a lot different than last year

Posted By | August 10, 2017 9:30 am

Head Football Coach Jerry Lowery looks to get his second football season underway on Aug. 18, at home vs. Livingston.

With a new school year starting, the new Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association regions will take effect.

With the new region, that means the Warriors will be traveling in a different direction this year. Over the past two years, the Warriors have been in one of the toughest regions in the state of Tennessee. With powerhouses like Ooltewah, Rhea County, Walker Valley, and Cleveland, the Warriors struggled to find their way the past two seasons, going 0-12 in region play.

This season, the Warriors’ region will still have some powerhouses like Summit, who is coming off a 7-4 season, and Shelbyville who went 8-3 a season ago, but most of the Warriors’ region games seem winnable this season.

In Week 0 of the Warriors’ season, the Warriors are matched up against Livingston Academy, at home. Livingston Academy is coming off a 2-8 season. This will be the Warriors’ only matchup this season against a team lower than 5A. The last time these two teams faced off was Aug. 29, 2014, with the Warriors falling 34-7. The Warriors will look to turn around their fortunes this year by getting a Week 0 win. The Warriors have not lost the opening game of the season since 2012, when they lost to Smith County 34-0.

In Week 1, the Warriors will travel to Warren County. Warren County is coming off a 2-9 season. Warren County has not been on the Warriors’ schedule since 2014, and the Warriors lost that game to Warren County 20-14.

In Week 2, the Warriors will have their first region match up against Summit. Summit is coming off a 7-4 season and made it to the first round of the playoffs but lost to Cane Ridge, which was the third- ranked team in the state at the time.

In Week 3, the Warriors will host Cookeville for Cookeville/Sparta week. The Warriors’ last win against Cookeville was in 2013 when they pulled off a 13-0 win over Cookeville to host a playoff game for the first time. This is one of the oldest rivalries in the state of Tennessee.

In Week 4, the Warriors will travel to Franklin County. Franklin County finished the season 3-7 last season. This year, Franklin County has a new coach, and things seem to be different in Franklin County.

In Week 5, the Warriors will be idle.

In Week 6, the Warriors will host Shelbyville. Shelbyville went 8-3 last season and made it to the first round of the playoffs. Shelbyville lost to Tennessee powerhouse Beech in the first round 44-30.

In Week 7, Page will travel to Warrior Stadium. Page is also new to the region, making the jump from 4A last season. Page finished last season 7-4 on the year, and it will be interesting to see how well they can compete in 5A.

In Week 8, the Warriors will make the long road trip to Lincoln County. Lincoln County struggled, in 2016, going 3-7 on the season, but if the past holds true, Lincoln County get back on track this season.

In Week 9, the Warriors will hit the road again for another long road trip when they travel to Columbia. Since making the jump from 3A to 5A, in 2015, Columbia has only won three games over the past two seasons and has yet to win a region game.

In the last game of the season, the Warriors will play host to Coffee County. The Warriors have not faced off against Coffee County since 2012, and the Warriors won that game 12-7.

This season should be an interesting one with hopefully a lot of Warriors’ wins. The Warriors will look to get their season off on the right track when they play host to Livingston Academy, on Aug. 18, at Warrior Stadium. That game is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m.

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