Pioneers lose big to Science Hill
By Christopher ShieldsDavid Crockett High School’s 2-0 start to the football season came crashing down on Sept. 6 underneath the lights of Kermit Tipton Stadium in Johnson City.
In their first conference contest of the season, the Pioneers were battered by the Science Hill High School Hilltoppers 90-21.
Science Hill (2-0, 1-0) scored all but 14 of its points in the first half.
“It was a tough game,” Pioneer Head Coach Jeremy Bosken said. “But I was extremely impressed with the effort and no-quit attitude from our players and fans.”
Science Hill quarterback Malik McGue opened the scoring frenzy with the contest’s first two touchdowns. His first was on an 8-yard run and moments later he broke away for an 89-yard touchdown run.
An interception return for a touchdown on the next Pioneer drive put the Hilltoppers up 21-0 and another Science Hill run stretched the lead to four touchdowns.
With the contest still in the first quarter, Crockett got on the scoreboard when quarterback Ryan Burger plunged in from a yard out to make the score 28-7.
McGue answered on Science Hill’s next possession with another touchdown run, this time from 10 yards out.
The teams added two more touchdowns before the opening quarter ended. The Pioneers scored from a yard out on a Dalton Brown run. The Hilltoppers finished the quarter with another McGue touchdown, his fourth of the quarter.
The Pioneers’ struggles continued in the second quarter as Science Hill ran off 34 unanswered points.
McGue added another touchdown in the quarter to give him five for the contest and Science Hill pushed its point total to 76 in just one half.
Crockett added a final score in the third quarter on a 79-yard run by TK Hill. The touchdown was sandwiched between two more Science Hill scores.
The Hilltoppers finished with 644 yards of total offense in the game.
The Pioneers compiled almost 400 yards of offense in the contest, a strong total most weeks. But five turnovers, an absolute lack of defense, and a Hilltopper team and coaching staff seemingly set on proving a point were too much to overcome.
A win over Sullivan East to open the season followed by a 48-26 win against Unicoi County last week puts the Pioneers at 2-1 on the season.
With a strong Elizabethton team looming, it will be a tough week of practice.
“Our message all year has been one game at a time,” Bosken said. “We don’t talk about the East or Unicoi wins and we won’t be talking about Science Hill. Our focus is solely on (Elizabethton). We had a great turnout for Sunday workouts and film. Our coaches and players are ready to...get that taste out of our mouth.”