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Story published: 07-30-2013 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

Excitement building for new era in Crockett football

By Christopher Shields

Under new direction of first-year Head Coach Jeremy Bosken, the David Crockett High School Pioneers are gearing up for the upcoming football season with an intense approach over the summer, one complete with camps, new uniforms and even a little midnight madness.

On July 12-13, the Pioneers attended camp at Maryville College.

“We finished 4-0 at the camp,” Bosken said. “Everyone got a lot of reps and I really felt like our defense made some big strides.”

More recently, the Pioneers attended a Fellowship of Christian Athletes camp at Tennessee Tech where they placed seventh out of 18 teams in 7-on-7 competition.

But for Bosken, the greatest achievement for his team at that camp came outside of the world of football.

“This was an FCA event and we had nine kids get saved at the camp, and another once we got back,” Bosken said.

Thus far during Bosken’s tenure, the theme that continues to resurface is accountability and team building.

Every event Bosken constructs or schedules for his Pioneers is centered on building team unity, trust among players and accountability.

By changing the mentality of his players, Bosken says he is building a stronger team mentally and physically. And in doing so, ushering in a new era of Pioneer football.

The Pioneers are not just changing from the inside, but on the outside as well.

Crockett will be wearing new uniforms when they take to the field this year, complete with a new logo, all of which was unveiled recently.

After the FCA Camp, Crockett hosted the junior Pioneer camp on July 19-20 where young kids from around the area were able to learn game skills from the new Crockett coaching staff and players.

With TSSAA rules allowing teams to officially begin practicing on July 29, Bosken has introduced yet another new tradition at Crockett.

Mirrored after the midnight madness of college basketball, which annually signals the beginning of college basketball season, the Pioneer football team arrived at school at 5:30 p.m. on July 28 and waited together for the clock to strike midnight.

The team’s first practice began under the lights of Pioneer field at 12:01 a.m. on July 29.

The facelift for Pioneer football is well under way and with the annual Jamboree at Science Hill approximately two weeks from kickoff, excitement is building for the unveiling of a new era at Crockett.