Boone beats Crockett in ‘Legends’ match up
By Chris Shields
We long for an opportunity to return to that time, an instant renewal of body and soul, a chance to take a step back from the daily grind even if just for an instant.
On a warm East Tennessee spring afternoon, the clocks of time were turned back, as past and present converged into one, capturing the youth of many in a small stadium for 60 minutes on the campus of David Crockett High School.
The Musket Bowl rivalry, which is no stranger to Washington County, was taken to a new level May 20 as Daniel Boone and David Crockett alumni ranging in graduating classes from the 1970s through the most recent 2011 class, returned to the gridiron. The full-pad, full-contact contest was brought to Jonesborough by Alumni Football USA and dubbed the Legends of the Musket Bowl.
More than 80 former players from the two teams dressed out for the contest, appearing in front of a capacity crowd at Pioneer Field in Jonesborough. Two months of preparation by the former players ended with Boone taking home the musket, 42-19.
The visiting Blazers were the first to strike, just five plays into the game when running back Mitchell Masters (2008) took a handoff from former Boone quarterback Chris Deadrick (1986) and cut outside, down the sidelines for a 45-yard touchdown.
The Pioneers responded a play later by returning the ensuing kickoff deep into Blazer territory, but most of the long return was negated due to a Crockett chop block. After failing on a fake punt, the Pioneers turned the ball back over to Boone.
Facing third and long, Deadrick took over, moving the ball first with his legs then connecting on a long pass hauled in by Blazer alum Austin Reppart (2011).
The pass and catch pushed the ball deep into Pioneer territory, just outside the 10. Once inside the five, Deadrick punctuated the drive, finding Tony Wilson (2002) across the middle for another Blazer touchdown. Boone controlled a 14-0 lead.
Crockett put their first points up moments later when Timmy Rosenbaum (2009) took a Pete Sanders (1993) handoff 78 yards to find pay dirt and draw within eight points following a failed conversion.
With time winding down in the first quarter, Boone alum, Tyler Shepherd (2011) bulldozed his way into the end zone from 30 yards out to push the Blazers ahead 21-6.
The Pioneers fumbled early on in the second quarter, giving the Blazers excellent field position. But Pioneer Heath Scott (2006) intercepted a Deadrick pass, turning the momentum tide yet again.
This time the Pioneers took advantage, with Sanders completing a 15 yard pass to Josh Gilreath (2003) on fourth down for a Crockett touchdown.
The extra point pulled the Pioneers within eight, but it would be as close as they would get.
Deadrick found the end zone on a sneak with just 45 seconds left in the quarter and Boone took a 28-13 advantage into the locker room.
The Blazers would score twice in the second half, both on Reppart passes with Wilson and James Powell (2008) on the receiving end of the touchdowns. Crockett’s only second half score was setup by a long Scott catch, before Sanders scampered into the end zone early in the fourth quarter.