Pioneers conclude offseason with FCA camp competitions
By Christopher ShieldsOn Sunday, July 27, high school football in Tennessee will officially get under way with the first formal practice of the new season.
In Jonesborough, the Pioneers will once again officially open their first practice of the new season under the lights at midnight. This will be the second year of the new tradition which began last season in Jeremy Bosken’s first year as head coach.
The football version of midnight madness will conclude a busy offseason for Crockett who just last weekend returned from the Tennessee Tech Fellowship of Christian Athletes Camp. “At camp, we grew as a team in understanding what it means to serve others,” Bosken said.
Almost 70 Pioneers left for camp on July 17 to take part in a lineman competition and a varsity and junior varsity 7-on-7 contest, among other activities.
Crockett took first place in the lineman challenge, and the school’s varsity 7-on-7 squad placed second, with their junior varsity team right behind them in third.
The lineman contest consisted of a tire flip, tug of war, an agility contest, and a teamwork tire stack.
In the 7-on-7, the varsity team finished 5-1-3, while junior varsity did nearly as well with a 6-2-1 record.
Standouts during 7-on-7 competition were Justin Wade, Darian DeLapp, Jeremy Collins, Jonathan Collins, Jordan Way, Cole Ricker, Levi Summers and Trevon Boozer.
In the lineman contest, Pioneer standouts were Brandon Rains, Andrew Kyker, Hunter Davis, Preston Tilson and Sean Britt.
Bosken said many lessons were taken away from the camp, having both football and real life application.
“I think the biggest lesson they learned is that you can’t do it alone, whether that be in life or on the field,” Bosken said. “We want young men who will hold each other accountable and make the man next to them better.”
When Crockett begins practice this weekend, they will have less than a month before they kick off the regular season on Friday, Aug. 22, at Sullivan East.