Pioneers undone by interceptions in loss
By Christopher ShieldsThe David Crockett High School offense has been one of the best in the conference over the second half of the season, but Oct. 25 was a different story as the Pioneers hosted one of the Big 7’s top teams, Tennessee High (5-4, 3-2).
Against the conference’s third-place team, the Pioneers tossed an astonishing seven interceptions leading to a 41-6 loss and ending a three-game winning streak.
The first score of the contest was just a premonition of what was in store for the Pioneers.
The Vikings picked off a Ryan Burger pass in the first quarter and returned it 45 yards for the game’s first touchdown.
Tennessee High would add another score in the opening 12-minute quarter on a 49-yard touchdown run to take a 14-0 lead.
In the second, the Crockett offense came apart as the interceptions began piling up. The Vikings used the Pioneer miscues to their advantage, piling on 27 points in the second quarter.
Viking quarterback Peyton Henley threw for three touchdowns in the quarter and added another score on a five-yard run to take a 41-0 lead to the half.
The lead would prove insurmountable for the Pioneers as their offensive struggles continued.
Crockett’s lone score came in the second half on a two-yard touchdown run by Burger.
Despite the lopsided score, the Pioneers outgained the Vikings on offense 325 to 275. Crockett amassed more than 100 yards on the ground and added 224 through the air.
Burger, who has been one of the conference’s best quarterbacks during the second half of the season and leads the conference in passing yards, struggled with efficiency completing less than 50 percent of his passes to go along with the interceptions.
He finished the contest 18-of-38 for 224 yards.
The loss drops Crockett to 5-4 on the season with a 2-3 conference mark.
The Pioneers still remain in the playoff picture, and can help their cause with a win in their final game of the regular season.
That game will come next week in Gray against rival Daniel Boone High School in the Musket Bowl.
The game takes place Friday, Nov. 1.