updated 1:45 PM UTC, Dec 12, 2019

Warriors battle through season

Jeremy Smith runs the ball for the Warriors’ JV squad versus Kirbyville. (PHOTO COURTESY OF CARRIE STANDLEY )Jeremy Smith runs the ball for the Warriors’ JV squad versus Kirbyville. (PHOTO COURTESY OF CARRIE STANDLEY )

 

By Scott Loar

When the Warren Warriors began summer workouts back in August, Head Coach Jay Buckner and his staff knew that there was no place to go but up. In 2018 the Warriors were winless with a 0 and 10 record and finished eighth in District 12 3A-1.

The program at Warren has not won more than three games in a season in 10 years, but this season the Orange and Black was optimistic that they could begin a new chapter for the south Tyler County school.

The Warriors opened the season bettering their 2018 win total defeating 4A Huntington 27 to 17. Then a loss to Evadale and a resounding win over West Hardin had the Warriors confidence high as they entered their bye week before they would open a seven-game stretch of all district opponents. This is where the story might seem to turn negative, but it doesn’t do that at all. The Warriors have lost six straight games, and they will be heavy underdog in their final game of the season when they host district champion East Chambers, but the scoreboard does not tell the whole story.

The Warriors lost to Hardin 23 to 26 in their opening district game and had their chances to pull out a victory, but in the loss, people noticed something about this team. It was an attitude and a determination that they would not give up ever. In speaking to coaches in the district almost every one of them agrees that Warren is one of the best coached, most determined and hard-nosed teams that they have faced this year.

The schedule has not been the Warriors’ friend in 2019. Their district opponents have been tougher as the season has progressed. Last week Orangefield who will play Anahuac for second place this week and East Chambers this week who is the district champion.

The 2019 season will end on Friday regardless of a win or a loss, but this years Warrior team has raised the bar for players that will come behind them as they have battle from opening kickoff to the final whistle. This coming year will be the annual UIL district realignment and wherever the Warriors land let this be a warning…The Warriors are not preparing to be back in the hunt, they will be looking to knock down the door and be a fixture in any discussion in 2020!

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