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Story published: 08-27-2013 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

Pioneers win big to kick off new era in football

Crockett’s Luke Hopson carries the ball downfield while avoiding a tackle.

By Chris Shields
Sports Writer

David Crockett High School opened the 2013 football season at home on Aug. 22 with new uniforms, a first-year coaching staff and a resoluteness that fans have not seen from their Pioneers in quite some time.

Crockett’s determination was evident in the 27-6 win against Sullivan East.

The win marked new Head Coach Jeremy Bosken’s first career victory at Crockett and started the season 1-0.

Since Bosken was hired late last year, the excitement surrounding Crockett football had been building for Thursday night.

And with Bosken and his Pioneers finally able to unveil a new era for Crockett football, they would revel in the opportunity.

While the Pioneer offense totaled almost 500 yards, it was the defense that controlled the contest, holding East to just six points and less than 100 yards of offense.

Crockett senior running back Dalton Brown dove into the end zone from three yards out for the first score of the contest with just less than 5 minutes left in the first quarter.

The Pioneer offense was met with little resistance, moving at ease down the field. However, the red zone proved challenging as Crockett quarterback Ryan Burger was picked off three times inside the Patriot 20.

Burger was otherwise outstanding, throwing for 217 yards.

East’s only touchdown came on a 1-yard run in the second quarter which was set up by the visitor’s longest play of the contest, a 33-yard screen pass.

Holding onto a 7-6 lead late in the second, Crockett’s Jake Wells blocked a Patriot punt and teammate Toby Rupert recovered for a Pioneer touchdown.

The game would head to the half with the Pioneers in front 14-6.

After almost the entire third quarter had ticked away, Crockett found pay dirt again on a long 68-yard touchdown run by outstanding freshman TK Hill.

Burger gave the Pioneers their final touchdown of the contest on a keeper to push the score to 27-6.

Brown and Hill guided the Pioneer rushing attack with the senior carrying 20 times for 116 yards and the freshman finishing with 110 yards on 10 carries.

Luke Hopson proved to be Burger’s favorite target, finishing with more than 100 yards receiving on five catches.

To commemorate the evening, fireworks were shot off before and after the contest at Pioneer Field.

Crockett returns to action on the road Aug. 30 against Unicoi County.