West Kentucky Warriors make memorable home debut


WPSD Sports

PADUCAH, KY-- As the West Kentucky Warriors made their way onto the football field for their season opener this weekend, players admit they were a little nervous.

"The first kickoff, I was just shivering with excitement," admitted senior defensive lineman Jonathan Crotser.

That's because for the first time ever, the Warriors were playing a home game. Which in itself is a pretty big deal, considering just a few months ago, the group of home school kids was forced to practice on soccer fields because they didn't have a field of their own.

"Every time I think about it, it brings a tear to my eyes," said senior lineman Case Harris. "I've been apart of this for five or six years now, and I've gotten to see what God has done from the ground up."

Now that they have a home field, the Warriors won't have to travel three hours away for every game. And most importantly, they can show the folks here at home what they've worked so hard to accomplish.

"We've had so many people that have helped us along the way, and they were all here to share this with us," Harris said. "And it's so fantastic, if we would have had one person in the stands screaming for us, we would have been happy."

But the perfect night didn't stop there. When it was all said and done, the game clock struck zero on the Warriors first ever program win, 25 to 14.

"I couldn't have scripted it any better," said Warriors head coach J.R. Reynolds with a smile. "The kids really played their hearts out."

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