By Kyle Lovern
September 11, 2013
GOODY, Ky. – Like many seniors who are in their final season of high school football, Belfry quarterback/cornerback Sani Warren feels his career has flown by way too fast.
“It’s unreal that my senior year has crept up on me so quick,” Warren said. The BHS signal caller helped lead his squad to a big win over 5A Harlan County last Friday night.
He has guided the Pirates ship as a captain and starting quarterback the last two seasons.
Warren believes this year’s edition of the Pirate football team will be “business as usual.”
“There is not much difference from last year, Belfry will remain Belfry and we will continue to work to get better as we do every year,” Warren said.
“I never really think or put pressure on being a leader. I just try to do the right things and be a good person and it will come naturally,” Warren added. “I’m blue collar just as the rest of my team is; we all just want to be the best we can.”
Warren said he gets great support at home.
“My family support is tremendous and they back me on any decision I make - 100 percent. And the Pond Creek Nation, my teammates are my family also. We all stick together through thick and thin.”
Warren has aspirations of playing at the next level. Like most high school players, he hopes to get a college scholarship.
“Yes I do plan on playing at the next level at any collegiate program,” Warren said. He has not received many offers yet, but he says college is the last thing on his mind at this point in his career. “Right now I am worried about the 2013 Belfry Pirates,” the talented football player says. “We will do as well as we are willing to work this year.”
Belfry lost several seniors from last year’s squad, but they have started out the season at 2-0 as they head into Southwest Pulaski County this Friday night.
Warren sees plenty of action on both sides of the football. He likes to play on both offense and defense, directing the offense as the quarterback and playing a key role in the secondary.
“I really don’t have any preference. They are complete different reflections of me as a player and person. On offense I am more calm and poised, but on defense I can be reckless,” Warren stated.
He has helped lead the Pirates to the Class AAA state championship game the past two seasons where both times they lost heartbreakers to Central High School of Louisville.
He hopes to make one more trip to the finals this November, but with a different outcome this year.
“I want to give a special thanks to everyone on my team,” Warren concluded. “Also a big thanks to my offensive line - because without them - Belfry would never be the same. They are the corner stone to our program and thanks to God for blessing me with this wonderful opportunity and gift.”
(Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. Comments or story ideas can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)