Pioneers players prep for upcoming grid season

MAKING AN OPENING – Gibson County Pioneers offensive linemen go after their blocks to open up a hole for the running back. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

by Lori Cathey

The Gibson County High School football team held their first practice of the season with numerous drills, exercises, weight lifting and conditioning drills this past week. The TSSAA mandated that a two-week dead period had ended allowing the Gibson County Pioneers football team to begin working on this year’s offense and defense. They will not be able to practice with pads and full contact until July 25. For the first two weeks, the team can practice in helmets, shorts and shirts. Teams can practice in shoulder pads and helmets starting July 20 and each player must practice three days before practicing in full pads on July 25.

The Pioneers will travel to UTM to scrimmage Dresden and Ripley this Friday, July 28. Meet the Players (introduction of high school and middle school football players, GC Pioneer Youth Football and cheerleaders) will be at 6 p.m. August 5 at GCHS, Yates Field.

The Gibson County Pioneers first football season game is August 18 against Tipton-Rosemark Academy in Millington. They will host Lake County in the 2017 season home opener on August 25.

The Pioneers are in a new class this year; they will play in Division 1-Class 2A and Region 7. They will face Adamsville, Halls, McKenzie, Peabody, Trinity Christian Academy, and Union City in district play.

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