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The Cumberland County High School Jets dropped a 21-7 decision to Region 3-5A foe Warren County Friday night in McMinnville.  Zaq Pearson (34) races 58 yards on a fake punt for the Jets in the first quarter.

After spoiling White County's homecoming on Sept. 26 with a 21-14 win, the Cumberland County High School Jets were looking to spoil Warren County's homecoming Friday night, but the Pioneers would have no part of it, taking a 21-7 Region 3-5A victory.

The Pioneers scored 14 points in the second quarter on a one-yard run by Morgan Wilcher and a 14-yard pass from Michael Thrower to Camron Bond. Adam Fann converted both PATs.

Shane McGonagle blocked Mark Harvey's punt for a touchdown, and Ethan Spitler booted the PAT to slice the lead to 21-7 in the third quarter, but Wilcher would scamper six yards for the Pioneers final TD, with Fann booting the PAT for the final margin of 21-7.

Cumberland County's offense dominated the first quarter, rushing for 93 yards on 14 carries, while the defense held Warren County to two yards on carries; however, a 20-yard field goal by Spitler with 42 seconds left was no good.

Warren County would consume the next 10:12 to march 80 yards to score the game's first score, Wilcher's one-yard run. Seventeen plays came by the run, while Thrower would pass 21 yards to Harvey for one first down. CCHS was penalized three times for 25 yards.

CCHS' next drive would be three plays on out, giving the ball to the Pioneers at the Pioneer 45. Four plays later, Thrower passed 14 yards to Bond for the TD. Fann's PAT made it 14-0.

CCHS would run two plays, before time expired in the half.

The Jets' offense rushed for 25 yards in the second quarter.

Leading the Jet defense were Frank Purcell, Eric Fitzgerald, Travis Dawson, McGonagle, Shawn Scott and Andrew Phipps. CCHS recorded five tackles for minus 20 yards.

The Jets' defense played well in the third quarter, holding the Pioneer offense to nine yards rushing on 14 attempts, including five stops for minus 19 yards, and 298 yards passing on one pass completion.

Phipps recovered a fumble to stop the first Pioneer drive of the half, but on the first play, Terryl Bowen's pass was picked off by Caleb Northcutt.

The Jets' defense forced a punt, but McGonagle would block the punt and then recover it for a touchdown, to slice the lead to 14-6. Spitler's kick made it 14-7.

CCHS' offense sputtered in the third quarter, picking up three total yards offense, due impart to the Pioneers' three big defensive linemen.

After the Pioneers scored on Wilcher's second touchdown, the Jets took over at their 32-yard line and moved the ball into Warren County territory. Bowen completed three of four passes for 56 yards, including a 31-yard strike to Spitler who was stopped at the one-yard line.

The Pioneer defense would stop the Jets on downs to seal the victory.

CCHS had 52 total yards offense in the fourth quarter, while giving up 106 yards rushing to the Pioneers.

Dawson, Purcell, Cody Smith, Brandon Lindsey, Brad Davis, Scott, McGonagle, Cody Suggs and Fitzgerald led the defensive charge for the Jets.

CCHS rushed for 117 yards on 34 carries, including 59 on two tries by Pearson, while Bowen completed three of 11 passes for 56 yards. All three completions came in the fourth quarter.

The Jets will host York Institute (5-1, 2-1) for homecoming Friday. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

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