Blair leads Boone to second round

Brennan Blair proved to be a leader for the Trailblazers during Boone’s home playoff game against Knox Halls. The ‘Blazers will now head into the second round to take on South Doyle on the road.

By TREY WILLIAMS

H&T Correspondent

Daniel Boone’s football team and running back Brennan Blair kept gaining steam with a first-round playoff victory on Friday while David Crockett’s season-ending derailment concluded with a hard-fought loss at Knox Central.

Blair, a junior, rushed for 150 yards and three touchdowns and returned an interception 50 yards to set up a score as the Trailblazers (7-4) rolled to a 32-3 win against Halls (7-4).

Brennan Blair prepares to make another run for the ‘Blazers.

Blair scored three TDs in a 13:58 span, including 17- and 71-yarders in the second quarter. He has 134 carries for 1,165 yards (8.7 ypc) and 13 touchdowns and has rushed for at least 100 yards in each game during Boone’s six-game win-streak.

“He’s a really good football player,” Halls coach Scott Cummings said. “He does see things well and he’s got a knack for breaking tackles and absorbing blows, and he’s got enough speed to make you pay for it if you don’t tackle him.”

Blair was playing receiver when star running back Charlie Cole fractured an arm in the second game of the season against Greeneville. Cole made his return against Halls, and although he carried the ball only one time, he made a huge impact on defense and special teams. Cole had a number of tackles for loss, returned a deflected punt 35 yards for a TD, made a crushing hit for a tackle on a kick return and most likely saved a TD with a tackle way downfield.

“He practiced Wednesday when he got released,” Boone coach Jeremy Jenkins said. “He just was a good shot in the arm for us on defense. We’re not gonna throw him right to the wolves right off the bat (carrying the ball). And he and I, we talked about that.

“But I knew he could help us, especially on special teams. The lick on special teams – that kind of set the tone.”

Cole wasn’t expecting to carry the ball in the first game back. His long rush went for four yards.

“I didn’t think, honestly, I was gonna be out playing as much as I did,” Cole said. “But whenever I thought he was gonna let me start running the ball I got really excited. So did everybody else around me. So I carried it that one time and I was happy for it; I was super-happy.

“But I know where my duty lies. And whenever he says, ‘Hey, you’re gonna play D-tackle,’ I’m gonna play D-tackle then.”

Blair smiled at mention of Cole’s hit on kick coverage.

“For sure, he’s a force to be reckoned with,” Blair said.

The ‘Blazers concluded the scoring with a 57-yard pass from Jackson Jenkins to Phillip Page.

Boone got an exceptional performance from inside linebacker Devon White, who stopped talented running back Jake Parris for no gain on a fourth-and-two from the Boone 4-yard line with 1:45 left in the first quarter of a scoreless game. Defensive linemen Will Hamlin, Eli Penix, Cole Bishop and Cole had quarterback Ty Humphrey on the run early and often.

“I’m really proud of our defensive line,” Jenkins said. “That’s the group that really, really, really, really took control of the game.”

Center Mathew Masters anchored the Trailblazers’ effective offensive front.

KC Vicchio (10) and Preston Miller (2) celebrate a first-round playoff victory.

“I feel like we’re playing the best football that we can play at the best time right now,” Masters said, “because in the playoffs you’ve gotta be able to be physical in the offensive line to win games. They were one of the more physical teams we’ve played this year.”

Boone will travel to South-Doyle on Friday. The Cherokees are coached by Clark Duncan, an Erwin product who started at Tennessee. He has a talented running back in Elijah Young, who has committed to Missouri.

Boone players say they’re still hungry. That said, winning six in a row after an injury-riddled 1-4 start against a brutal schedule is something for which to be proud.

Blair is a 1,000-yard rusher in a season he began at receiver. And Boone’s going to the second round of the playoffs after looking like a good bet for a losing season.

“Man, it’s fun,” Blair said. “It’s dream-like, for sure.”

David Crockett (Knox Central 24, David Crockett 14)

Crockett’s season-ending nightmare continued at Knox Central, although the Pioneers (7-4) snapped out of a late-season funk and took a two-touchdown lead against the defending state champions. But a number of third-and-long conversions helped the Bobcats rally for a 24-14 victory.

“We went down and battled,” Crockett coach Hayden Chandley said. “Took a 14-0 lead and just ultimately ran out of gas. There were about 5-6 plays that swung the entire game. They converted three third-and-10-plus, with the first one coming on their first scoring drive before the first half ended, and that started to swing the momentum. Later in the drive, we sacked the quarterback and it was going to be fourth-and-nine, and we grabbed his facemask. They converted another third-and-long on the third play of the second half, a drive they ended up scoring on as well.

“And then right up until the last four or five minutes it was a three-point game. We just weren’t able to get off the field when we needed too. They made a few more plays than we did and that was the difference. Hats off to Coach (Bryson) Rosser and his guys. They do a great job.”

The loss ended the careers of such seniors as quarterback Cade Larkins, receiver Donta Hackler and running back Ronquille Joyner. The class played for three head coaches and three interim coaches, but won 18 games the past two seasons. Crockett won its first two playoff games last year and advanced to the quarterfinals.

“We will miss the heck out of these seniors,” Chandley said. “They have left their legacy on this program.”

One hopes to build another legacy nearby. Larkins, who finished his career with more than 10,000 passing yards, has committed to East Tennessee State.

“Cade felt like ETSU was truly committed to wanting him from the start,” Chandley said. “He really likes Coach (Randy) Sanders and they are getting a Class A young man.”

Larkins stands No. 2 in the state in career passing yardage (11,042) and fifth in TD passes (105). Larkins, Hackler and lineman Blaine Greer will play in the 13th annual East-West All-Star Classic on Dec. 13 in Clarksville. Chandley will be on the East coaching staff.

Boone, Crockett head into playoffs

Crockett’s Eric Dunbar breaks away from the pack to make a play for the Pioneers against Morristown East. (Photos by Ron Weaver)

By TREY WILLIAMS

H&T Correspondent

Daniel Boone and David Crockett’s football teams enter the playoffs in different gears. In fact, some would say Crockett is entering in reverse.

But all teams will have a clean slate when the postseason begins Friday.

The Trailblazers (5-1, 6-4) won their fifth straight game with a 45-20 victory at Cherokee to wrap up the No. 2 seed in Region 1-5A. Boone will host Knox Halls (4-2, 7-3) on Friday.

A missed extra point was the difference in Crockett’s 28-27 loss to Morristown East. It was the third straight defeat for the Pioneers (3-3, 7-3), who ended up with the No. 3 seed and will visit defending state champion Knox Central (4-2, 8-2) on Friday.

Boone got another outstanding game from junior running back Brennan Blair at Cherokee. He rushed for more than 200 yards for the third straight game and went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. Not bad for a guy that was playing receiver until senior standout Charlie Cole went down with an arm injury in the second game of the season.

Cole’s injury and a stringent non-conference schedule that included Greeneville, Dobyns-Bennett and Elizabethton were key in Boone beginning the season 1-4. So was a season-ending injury to the top offensive lineman, Chandler Masters, last summer and a thumb injury that cost premier linebacker Devon White the first month of the season.

“Starting out 1-4, after the Dobyns-Bennett game we had a little meeting about how the schedule has got to make us better,” Boone coach Jermey Jenkins said. “And we really reaped the benefits of playing that schedule. I thought our kids were focused from that point on and have really done a good job of paying attention to detail and stuff like that. I think the big thing is the offensive line got solidified and we really got better up front, and then Brennan kind of taking over the running back for us and getting that taken care of. And we’ve gotten really good, consistent quarterback play as well (from Jackson Jenkins and Kaleb Worley).

“And then defensively, I thought, getting Devon back – really a mainstay for us over there – kind of settled us down. But really the line of scrimmage is where we’ve gotten better at on both sides of the ball. That’s kind of been the difference the last four or five weeks.”

Aaron Ford moved to left guard after Masters’ injury. Masters’ brother Matthew is the center and Peyton Ford is the right guard. Jake Sipos and Josh Bowman are the tackles, and Ashton Church could spell any of the linemen.

“Those linemen are unbelievable,” Blair said. “They’ll get so much better in the offseason, too. It’s crazy we don’t even have our best lineman, Chandler Masters. He’ll hit you in the face every play. That’s just great news for this team come regular season next year.

“Also, those boys at wide receiver – Philip Page is a force. He’ll blow right by you. Also, Preston Miller (at) safety – he’s a dawg.”

Blair has 120 carries for 1,015 yards and 10 TDs. He had 27 carries for 215 yards and three TDs against Cherokee.

“I just just wanna thank God for what’s happened and I hope His path just keeps taking its course, because what I’ve done is put it in His hands,” Blair said. “Trust your faith. It’s been a really big move to the backfield, but it’s worked out for us.”

Boone’s lines should be tested by Halls, which has size on the defensive interior, including 6-foot-2, 245-pound senior Avery Robertson.

“I think the biggest challenge for us is that their offensive line is really physical and big,” Jenkins said. “I’ve not seen an offensive line as big as this group.”

The Red Devils also have a solid running back-defensive back in senior Jake Parris. He scored five touchdowns in a rout of Seymour last week and has scored 12 TDs in the past three games.

“He’s about 6-1 or 6-2, 195 pounds and really runs downhill hard,” Jenkins said. “He’s a bigger version of the Elizabethton back, (Cade) Maupin. He’s the same type of back. He’s shifty and really runs well between the tackles. But if he breaks the line of scrimmage – he took one about 60 against South-Doyle, and South-Doyle can run pretty good.”

Hard-hitting Hagen Edwards leads Boone with 62 tackles. Daniel Lusk has a team-high four interceptions and Phillip Page is the leading receiver (42 catches, 385 yards, four TDs).

Crockett’s Cade Larkins is close to meeting the Tennessee state record for passing yards.

Crockett quarterback Cade Larkins passed for three TDs and ran for another in a 28-27 loss to Morristown East, which set up a return to Knox Central, where the Pioneers lost in their first quarterfinals appearance last season.

Larkins is approaching 10,900 career passing yards and needs 248 to set the state record. He would need considerably less if not for all the dropped passes last week.

“Cade threw 13 incompletions and we had seven drops,” Crockett coach Hayden Chandley said. “It was probably the best game he’s had all year. The numbers won’t say that, but definitely the best he’s thrown the football all year long.”

For the first time in a while, perhaps since it played at Knox Central last season, Crockett will be the underdog. It’s a role that Chandley hopes his players will relish, as they seem to have lacked some intensity much of the past three games.

Donta Hackler battles against a Morristown East defender.

“We talked to the kids about how we’re back to the role that we’re used to and basically spent all of last year in,” he said. “I feel like our kids have really taken that as a challenge. … If we go down and play with maximum effort,” Chandley said, “and take care of the football and just play like our hair’s on fire, we’re gonna have a chance to win.”

Crockett turned the ball over four times against Knox Central in the 23-12 loss last year, but the game was still in doubt midway through the fourth quarter.

Junior linebacker Kaleb Fortner made eight tackles in the state championship game victory last season. Quarterback Dakota Fawver is a returning starter as well.

“Our backs are against the wall,” Chandley said, “and hopefully the kids will play loose.”

Senior Donta Hackler leads Crockett with 72 catches for 1,035 yards and 11 TDs, and also has a team-high three interceptions. Prince Kollie has 64 catches for 1,032 yards and nine TDs. Kollie, a junior, also leads the Pioneers with 72 tackles.

Player of the week

This week’s player of the week is Daniel Boone High School’s cross country team. The Trailblazers are now the Region 1 champs. Check back next week to see the following Andrew Johnson Bank Player of the Week.

Boone takes rainy victory over Crockett

Boone’s Devon White is on the carry against the Pioneers. (Photos by Collin Brooks)

By TREY WILLIAMS

H&T Correspondent

As quickly as Daniel Boone running back Brennan Blair can burst through the middle, his Trailblazers and David Crockett are suddenly streaking in opposite directions.

Blair rushed for 201 yards and four touchdowns while leading Boone to a 28-20 upset of Crockett in the 49th annual Musket Bowl on a rainy Friday night at Nathan Hale Stadium.

The Trailblazers celebrated a home victory at the 49th annual Musket Bowl.

Crockett (3-2, 7-2), which was undefeated, ranked No. 4 in the state and sailing along toward a second straight Region 1-5A title two weeks ago, lost for the second consecutive week. It was the fourth straight victory for the ‘Blazers (4-1, 5-4), who have an opportunity to clinch Region 1-5A’s No. 2 seed and a home playoff game when they visit Cherokee on Friday.

“Four weeks ago we were 1-4,” Boone coach Jeremy Jenkins said. “There wouldn’t have been five people in this school up here that’d say we’ve got a chance to host a playoff game. But our kids have really dialed in and played hard.”

Boone’s resurgence has been ignited by Blair. The 5-foot-8, 165-pound junior was a receiver when star running back Charlie Cole was injured in the second game of the season.

Now, he’s right at home in the backfield. Blair has more than 700 yards rushing during the four-game win streak.

He scored on runs of three, 32, 33 and 55 yards against Crockett. The 55-yarder with 10:30 remaining in the fourth quarter was the game’s final score.

Blair’s eyes glistened with emotion immediately after the triumph.

“I represent this name across my shirt: Boone,” Blair said. “And I do it with a pride. And I just gave everything tonight just to have this win, because they’ve been talking crap all week and it’s been like that since the start of the season. Since Charlie went out: ‘Oh, we’re gonna beat the crap out of you.’ … The Musket is ours.”

Daniel Boone senior defensive back Daniel Lusk made the game’s final tackle at the Boone 5-yard line after quarterback Cade Larkins caught a reverse pass from Donta Hackler. And Lusk had broken up passes in the end zone on two of the previous three plays against the talented Larkins, who passed for 325 yards.

But Lusk was most expressive while discussing the play of Blair.

“He’s so good,” Lusk said. “He’s so explosive. His cuts are so quick. He’s just insane.”

Blair daringly dashed to daylight, and he had some openings through the middle to utilize.

“Matt Masters – that’s one heck of a center,” Blair said. “Aaron Ford blocked his butt off tonight. Peyton Ford blocked his butt off, too. They’re all go-getters, man.”

Crockett’s Donta Hackler battles against a Boone defender.

The rain wasn’t ideal for Crockett’s passing game and the Pioneers appeared to come up a ruling or two short on fumbles. But the Pioneers appeared to be their own worst enemy for the second straight week against an opponent, Crockett coach Hayden Chandley says, that appeared to – collectively – be a bit hungrier.

Crockett muffed a punt stopping Boone quickly on the game’s opening drive, and then fumbled on its first drive to give the Trailblazers excellent field position for their second straight possession. And consequently, Boone had a 14-0 lead after Blair scored from 32 yards out with 1:40 left in the first quarter.

Crockett’s only semblance of a ground game came from quarterback Cade Larkins. And while he isn’t statuesque, you don’t want a player who’s passed for more than 10,000 yards repeatedly running into linebackers and safeties.

“We just weren’t able to establish any ground game,” said Chandley, who was part of his first game at Boone since playing there as a senior in 2010. “We threw it effectively, but you just can’t turn the ball over four times and expect to beat a good team – and three times in the first half. We were lucky to be down seven points at the half.”

Crockett’s Donta Hackler had 14 catches for 167 yards and made an interception. Prince Kollie had eight catches for 120 yards. Sophomore Brenden Reid rushed for a touchdown and caught a 32-yard TD pass.

Boone safety Preston Miller intercepted Larkins in the end zone with 38 seconds remaining in the first half. And Joe Jones made an interception in the red zone in the second half.

“We really pressed to be the most dominant team – the physical team – for four quarters,” Jenkins said. “We really put it on our kids up front. We knew the conditions – we were gonna be limited with what we could do offensively. I thought our offensive line blocked their tails off. Brennan made some good plays for us offensively. You know, we’re not real flashy. We’re a good team that’s playing really well at the right time.”

Crockett trailed 21-7 when Blair scored from 33 yards out with 5:33 left in the third quarter. But Reid scored twice in the ensuing five minutes – a 47-yard kick return helped set up one of those – to get the Pioneers within 21-20 (a PAT kick was wide right).

“Hats off to Crockett,” Jenkins said. “We knew they were gonna come back. What a great team they are and what great players that they have. But I thought our kids really, really wanted it tonight, you know, more so. We had a great week of preparation. Our coaches did a fantastic job.”

Crockett will host Morristown East on Friday. Barring any upsets (according to standings), a Pioneers victory would secure Region 1-5A’s No. 3 seed. That would set up a return to Knox Central, where Crockett lost to the eventual state champion last year in the quarterfinals.

A Boone victory would lead to it hosting Halls, Gibbs or Seymour in the first round.

Right before the Musket Bowl: Boone posts a win, Crockett faces loss

Crockett’s winning season stumbled Friday as the Pioneers met, and were defeated, by Tennessee High’s Vikings. Jackson Warner pushes through to slow a Viking advance.

By TREY WILLIAMS

H&T Correspondent

Although David Crockett coach Hayden Chandley has said he won’t believe Charlie Cole isn’t playing until he sees him on the sidelines without shoulder pads Friday night, Daniel Boone’s Musket Bowl chances aren’t expected to get a shot in the arm from Charlie Cole.

The star running back, who has committed to Army, had hoped to return from an arm injury when the Trailblazers host the Pioneers in the Washington County rivals’ 49th meeting on Friday.

But Boone coach Jeremy Jenkins said on Monday that it appears the best-case scenario for Cole’s return would be the first round of the playoffs.

Boone (3-1, 4-4) extended its winning streak to three games with a 30-13 victory at Cocke County on Friday. Crockett’s chance at a second straight Mountain Lakes Conference title took a major hit when it lost at home to Tennessee High, 28-21.

Daniel Boone’s Brennan Blair, who converted from receiver to running back after Cole was injured in week two against Greeneville, ran 20 times for 225 yards and a touchdown at Cocke County. It was his third straight game with at least 100 yards rushing.

“Brennan is playing hard and getting positive yards,” said Jenkins, who lauded the play of his offensive and defensive lines. “The three-game wins streak starts up front on both sides of the ball.”

Boone’s quarterbacks, Kaleb Worley and Jackson Jenkins, have steadily improved. Jenkins threw a pair of TD passes to Phillip Page against the Fighting Cocks. Worley ran for a 9-yard score.

“Both quarterbacks are playing really well,” Jenkins said. “Kaleb’s a good athlete and can hurt you with his arm or feet. Jackson has a really good pocket presence. He gets the ball out quick and makes good decisions.”

Of course, Crockett will have the advantage at quarterback. Pioneers senior Cade Larkins went over the 10,000-yard plateau for career passing yards on Friday. Jenkins couldn’t think of a quarterback that he’d coached against other than perhaps Curt Phillips (Sullivan South) that’s been as impressive as Larkins.

“Cade may have the best pocket presence I’ve seen,” Jenkins said. “And he’s got such a quick release and he’s got athletes everywhere to get the ball to. And Ronquille Joyner is a quality back.”

Donta Hackler gets taken down by the Vikings.

Crockett was held to 15 yards rushing against Tennessee High. The Vikings won the line of scrimmage, perhaps the most telltale sign of which team took the field at Crockett on Friday with more desire for victory.

“I feel like we’ve got a lot of learning to do from this, growing up,” Chandley said. “You know, kids got a little bit complacent, beating their chest a little too much. Hopefully this knocks us down a notch and brings us back down to earth a little bit, and we realize that we can’t just show up on a Friday night and beat a good, quality football team.

“Tennessee High came in and wanted it more than we did. Our hope is that we learn from this and get better because of it. Hopefully, we can come out Friday night with our hair on fire.”

Larkins has passed for 1,921 yards, 28 TDs and three interceptions this season. Prince Kollie had seven catches for 105 yards, including a 43-yard TD reception, and made numerous big plays on defense, including recovering a Vikings fumble. Donta Hackler had four catches for 117 yards. His 89-yard TD catch on third-and-19 helped tie the score at 21 in the third quarter. Larkins was flushed from the pocket, but took a few steps forward before lofting a long pass that hit Hackler in stride up the right sideline.

Crockett lost linebacker-tight end Johnny Loyd to a season-ending hand injury in the second quarter against Tennessee High. He’d made a tackle for loss when Tennessee High went for fourth-and-one on its side of the field in the first quarter.

“That son of a gun had really started coming on the last few games,” Chandley said. “He had five tackles in about a quarter and a half.”

Crockett was also without defensive end-right tackle Caleb Hackler on Friday due to his ejection at Cherokee. Chandley’s happy he’ll be back for the Musket Bowl. Hackler’s pass protection was sorely missed against the Vikings.

“Not only pass protection, but you’re talking about a kid that led us in sacks, leads us in tackles for loss and was top five in the team on tackles,” Chandley said. “You can’t replace his motor. I don’t want to take credit away from them (the Vikings). They wanted it more than we did. They just flat smacked us in the mouth. But not having Caleb definitely hurt us Friday night.”

Crockett’s winning season stumbled Friday as the Pioneers met, and were defeated, by Tennessee High’s Vikings. Jackson Warner pushes through to slow a Viking advance.

By TREY WILLIAMS

H&T Correspondent

Although David Crockett coach Hayden Chandley has said he won’t believe Charlie Cole isn’t playing until he sees him on the sidelines without shoulder pads Friday night, Daniel Boone’s Musket Bowl chances aren’t expected to get a shot in the arm from Charlie Cole.

The star running back, who has committed to Army, had hoped to return from an arm injury when the Trailblazers host the Pioneers in the Washington County rivals’ 49th meeting on Friday.

But Boone coach Jeremy Jenkins said on Monday that it appears the best-case scenario for Cole’s return would be the first round of the playoffs.

Boone (3-1, 4-4) extended its winning streak to three games with a 30-13 victory at Cocke County on Friday. Crockett’s chance at a second straight Mountain Lakes Conference title took a major hit when it lost at home to Tennessee High, 28-21.

Daniel Boone’s Brennan Blair, who converted from receiver to running back after Cole was injured in week two against Greeneville, ran 20 times for 225 yards and a touchdown at Cocke County. It was his third straight game with at least 100 yards rushing.

“Brennan is playing hard and getting positive yards,” said Jenkins, who lauded the play of his offensive and defensive lines. “The three-game wins streak starts up front on both sides of the ball.”

Boone’s quarterbacks, Kaleb Worley and Jackson Jenkins, have steadily improved. Jenkins threw a pair of TD passes to Phillip Page against the Fighting Cocks. Worley ran for a 9-yard score.

“Both quarterbacks are playing really well,” Jenkins said. “Kaleb’s a good athlete and can hurt you with his arm or feet. Jackson has a really good pocket presence. He gets the ball out quick and makes good decisions.”

Of course, Crockett will have the advantage at quarterback. Pioneers senior Cade Larkins went over the 10,000-yard plateau for career passing yards on Friday. Jenkins couldn’t think of a quarterback that he’d coached against other than perhaps Curt Phillips (Sullivan South) that’s been as impressive as Larkins.

“Cade may have the best pocket presence I’ve seen,” Jenkins said. “And he’s got such a quick release and he’s got athletes everywhere to get the ball to. And Ronquille Joyner is a quality back.”

Donta Hackler gets taken down by the Vikings.

Crockett was held to 15 yards rushing against Tennessee High. The Vikings won the line of scrimmage, perhaps the most telltale sign of which team took the field at Crockett on Friday with more desire for victory.

“I feel like we’ve got a lot of learning to do from this, growing up,” Chandley said. “You know, kids got a little bit complacent, beating their chest a little too much. Hopefully this knocks us down a notch and brings us back down to earth a little bit, and we realize that we can’t just show up on a Friday night and beat a good, quality football team.

“Tennessee High came in and wanted it more than we did. Our hope is that we learn from this and get better because of it. Hopefully, we can come out Friday night with our hair on fire.”

Larkins has passed for 1,921 yards, 28 TDs and three interceptions this season. Prince Kollie had seven catches for 105 yards, including a 43-yard TD reception, and made numerous big plays on defense, including recovering a Vikings fumble. Donta Hackler had four catches for 117 yards. His 89-yard TD catch on third-and-19 helped tie the score at 21 in the third quarter. Larkins was flushed from the pocket, but took a few steps forward before lofting a long pass that hit Hackler in stride up the right sideline.

Crockett lost linebacker-tight end Johnny Loyd to a season-ending hand injury in the second quarter against Tennessee High. He’d made a tackle for loss when Tennessee High went for fourth-and-one on its side of the field in the first quarter.

“That son of a gun had really started coming on the last few games,” Chandley said. “He had five tackles in about a quarter and a half.”

Crockett was also without defensive end-right tackle Caleb Hackler on Friday due to his ejection at Cherokee. Chandley’s happy he’ll be back for the Musket Bowl. Hackler’s pass protection was sorely missed against the Vikings.

“Not only pass protection, but you’re talking about a kid that led us in sacks, leads us in tackles for loss and was top five in the team on tackles,” Chandley said. “You can’t replace his motor. I don’t want to take credit away from them (the Vikings). They wanted it more than we did. They just flat smacked us in the mouth. But not having Caleb definitely hurt us Friday night.”

Player of the week

This week’s player of the week is David Crockett Football’s Prince Kollie. Prince was a leader on the field in the Pioneers game against the Tennessee High Vikings on Friday.

Lady Trailblazers take district title in volleyball

The Daniel Boone Volleyball Team advanced to the state tournament after clinching the district title.

By TREY WILLIAMS

H&T Correspondent

Just when it looked like McKenna Dietz and the Daniel Boone volleyball team’s district title hopes were taking it on the chin, the Trailblazers rallied for their first district tournament championship since 1998.

Daniel Boone’s volleyball gets a killer instinct when its back’s against the wall.

The Trailblazers trailed Farragut 2-1 and the seniors careers flashed before their eyes on Thursday in a Class AAA sectional. Boone bounced back to win the final two sets for a 23-25, 26-24, 21-25, 25-19, 15-13 victory which secured the program’s first state berth since it went to the Class AA tournament in 1998.

Seniors Laken Jones and Greyson Stevens helped fuel the latest rally for Boone, which rallied past Dobyns-Bennett for a district tournament title. Jones piled up 23 digs and Jones tallied 17 kills.

“Our seniors realized after we lost the third game, you know, you either sink or swim,” seventh-year coach Chelsea Baker said. “And we had a lot of leaders step up and came out with the wins in the fourth and fifth games. Laken stepped up big-time. She picked up a lot of balls that she struggled with at the beginning of the season. And that’s just part of that leadership. She realized like, ‘Hey, this is the end. We either get it or we don’t.’

“And Greyson Stevens stepped up big-time. There at the end she was getting kill after kill. She had 17 kills, and that was a high for her this entire season. She just came alive in that fourth game.”

Farragut jumped out to a 2-1 lead in an electric atmosphere that lost a few watts when a portion of the crowd left for a Thursday night football game on campus. Admirals fans were spared the courageous comeback from Boone.

“It was (gutsy),” Baker said. “It’s hard to travel and it was a big night for them. They had a rivalry football game that night. So it was definitely packed in the gym, especially the first two games … and it was a fun atmosphere.”

McKenna Dietz dished out 49 assists and had 28 digs. Jaycie Jenkins had 27 digs and 17 kills, and Mackenzie Sweigart (14 digs, seven kills).

The state berth didn’t come as a complete shock to Baker.

“Realistically, in the back of my mind I thought that definitely we had a good opportunity (in August),” she said. “I knew that we had a good solid team, and like I have told everyone that has asked me from July until now, my biggest thing was if we could be mentally tough we could be really good. We have a lot of great players. The biggest thing is just being mentally tough when the going gets hard. …

“Our conference is really tough. Normally, at least one team makes it to substate (sectional). So we have a tough conference, and it’s good for us.”

Baker was happy to credit players from her previous Boone teams. Whitney Sams, Makayla Ledford Mackenzie Carrier, Lindsay Laughren and Sara Humphrey, among others, helped set the stage for the program’s first-ever Class AAA state berth.

“I have to thank the players that were here before, too,” Baker said. “I’ve been here for seven years and each year we’ve gotten better. This has not happened overnight. I’ve had leaders to help build my program the last seven years. … If it wasn’t for their leadership and buying in to what we were saying, we definitely wouldn’t be where we are.”

Baker’s assistants are Kelly Aubrey, Kylie Shearer and Rylee Milhorn. Aubrey has been with her seven years.

Boone had the misfortune of drawing tournament favorite Brentwood (50-3) in the first round, which was scheduled for Tuesday.

“They have a girl that’s committed to the University of Alabama,” Baker said. “We expect them to be the best. … All of the teams here are going to be good. There’s no team here that’s not deserving of being here. The biggest thing is to not feel pressured. Just go in and have fun.”

The ‘Blazers got a good start on fun Monday night. They dined at The Alley on Main Monday night before going for ice cream.

“If you’re having fun you’re gonna have to play well,” Baker said. “Just don’t stress. … It’ll take a few points to get adjusted, but it’ll be fun.”

Crockett, Boone earn wins against Cherokee, Volunteer

By TREY WILLIAMS

H&T Correspondent

Washington County swept Hawkins County in dominant fashion on Friday night.

David Crockett (6-0) improved to 3-0 while attempting to defend its Region 1-5A title with a 56-20 victory at Cherokee, which was without quarterback Collin Trent. Cade Larkins remained on pace to set multiple state passing records by throwing for 287 yards and five touchdowns, three of which went to fellow senior Donta Hackler. He finished with seven receptions for 138 yards and senior Ronquille Joyner ran for 141 yards

Daniel Boone (2-1, 3-4) rolled to a 44-14 win against Volunteer thanks, in part, to 140 yards rushing, two TDs and an interception from Brennan Blair.

Crockett started fast at Cherokee (3-1, 6-2).

“Offensively, we started really well,” Pioneers second-year coach Hayden Chandley said. “We took our first offensive possession six plays – six running plays – and really moved the football well. We got a hat on a hat and Ronquille did a good job finding the hole and making some people miss. And then defensively we started with a couple of three-and-outs that set the tone for us defensively. It was good to see us start the way we did.”

Larkins is 107-of-172 for 1,689 yards, 26 TDs and two interceptions. His top targets are Hackler (36 catches, 509 yards, seven TDs) and junior Prince Kollie (36 catches, 712 yards, eight TDs). The trio visited Tennessee for the Vols’ win against Mississippi State on Saturday.

Joyner, who visited Centre College on Saturday, has rushed 69 times for 614 yards and eight TDs. Another Pioneer, massive lineman Blaine Greer, visited Carson-Newman on Saturday.

Kollie and sophomore Brayden Reid are tied for the team lead in tackles (37) for Crockett, which meets another undefeated Region 1-6A team when it hosts Tennessee High on Friday.

“They do a good job of getting a lot of different guys the ball a lot of different ways,” Chandley said. “This isn’t the Tennessee High of last year. They moved the (Nolan) Wishon kid to tackle and they’ve kind of spread it out. A couple of games this year they’ve been 50, 60 or 70 percent pass. Last year they were about 80 or 90 percent run. We’ve gotta do a good job this week getting our kids ready to play, being able to identify formations and knowing where certain people are.”

Daniel Boone’s Jackson Jenkins passed for two TDs (Phillip Page, Daniel Matherly) and Kaleb Worley connected with Daniel Lusk for a scoring strike in the win against Volunteer (0-4, 2-5). Joe Jones ran six times for 60 yards and a TD.

“We played our most complete game both offensively and defensively,” Boone coach Jeremy Jenkins said. “The offensive and defensive lines controlled the line of scrimmage. Brennan led us with 140 yards on the ground with two TDs. Joe Jones had 60 yards and a TD. Both quarterbacks threw TD passes. We had 296 yards on the ground and 175 in the air.

“Defensively our pass rush really set the tone with Cole Bishop, Zach Lawson, Eli Penix and Will Hamlin leading the way. We had two interceptions as well.”

Blair, a converted receiver, leads Boone with 378 yards rushing on 52 carries. Worley has 67 carries for 275 yards.

The Trailblazers’ ground game could get star senior Charlie Cole (44 carries, 224 yards, two TDs) back for the Musket Bowl next week. Cole said Monday that his arm fracture has healed and he feels confident about playing against the Pioneers for the fourth straight year. He was set to get his cast removed on October 16.

Phillip Page leads Boone’s receivers with 22 catches for 334 yards and three TDs.

Boone will visit Cocke County (0-3, 1-6) on Friday.

“I feel like we are playing our best football right now,” Jenkins said, “and this is the time for that.”

Boone tops Dobyns-Bennett for district title

Daniel Boone’s Riley Brinn (2) goes for the hit against Science Hill’s Ella Gay (13) during a district tournament game at Volunteer. The Trailblazers then went on to defeat Dobyns-Bennett for the title.

By TREY WILLIAMS

H&T Correspondent

Just when it looked like McKenna Dietz and the Daniel Boone volleyball team’s district title hopes were taking it on the chin, the Trailblazers rallied for their first district tournament championship since 1998.

Boone rallied from a two-set deficit to defeat Dobyns-Bennett, 23-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-19, 15-11, in Thursday’s championship game at Volunteer High School in Church Hill.

Dietz exited the fifth set for four points due to a bloody chin. But bandaged and determined, she returned to help seal the deal en route to tournament MVP honors.

“They were able to get enough gauze and bandages to keep it from bleeding through, but she had to go get (four) stitches after the game,” Boone coach Chelsea Baker said. “She got MVP of the tournament and setter of the year in the conference.”

Boone not only rallied from a 2-0 deficit to D-B, but bounced back from two late-season losses in the process, including a loss at Science Hill in the regular season finale that denied Boone (28-5) a share of the conference title.

“It hurt when we lost to Dobyns-Bennett that first time and it hurt when we lost to Science Hill,” Baker said. “But we also realized, ‘Hey, it’s not over.’ I think it did light a fire under ‘em, like, ‘Hey, there are teams that are just as good as us and we have to fight to make it through it.’”

Dietz piled up 40 assists, 18 digs and four blocks. The fifth set was tied 1-1 when she left to tend to her chin. When she returned the ‘Blazers trailed, 4-2.

“At this point in the season the winning team has to have a never-give-up mentality, and I feel like we had that during the championship game,” Dietz said. “Coach Baker preaches to us on having high energy, and I feel like that pulled us through.”

Baker was especially proud of a stingy defense and the Trailblazers’ excellent reception of serves.

“Our defense was struggling, our serve-receive was struggling, especially those first two games,” Baker said. “And then something clicked the third game. Serve-receive picked it up and the blocks picked it up and we were able to get some offense going.”

Jaycie Jenkins complemented a remarkable 35 digs with 13 kills.

“She’s everywhere,” Baker said. “She can read what the hitter’s doing before anybody else. She’s just able to react.”

Added Dietz: “Jaycie plays aggressive in any sport. So it’s no surprise she is there to get all those balls up.”

Laken Jones contributed considerably to the stingy defense with 26 digs.

“Laken has had a phenomenal last three (matches),” Baker said. “She’s stepped up big time.”

Jenkins has tasted postseason success in basketball and softball.

“It feels good to bring home the title because it is so common to win in the other sports,” Jenkins said. “We went into the third set not intimidated and did not back down even though we were down two sets. McKenna missed four points during the fifth set. At that time Riley Brandon, a freshman, stepped in to set and did a great job.

“Allie Davis, also a freshman, came into the game and did a tremendous job. Laken Jones played big for us and had some great digs. McKenna has been doing a great job setting and all the hitters have been putting the ball down when they needed to. Our middles, Dannah (Persinger) and Greyson (Stevens) came up with big blocks during the tournament.”

Jenkins and Dietz help comprise a rare collection of players possessing liberal amounts of talent and intangibles.

“It’s not normal to have a bunch of leaders on one team,” Baker said. “But with this team I feel like I have – like almost every single one of ‘em is a leader in their own way. Maybe not on the court, maybe not off the court, but all of them are a leader in their own way. It all comes together and makes a really good team, just the whole entire dynamic of it. We’re all pushing each other to be better. During practice they’re just fighting to be better than the person beside of ‘em, and that’s what has made them a whole lot better – just themselves, fighting against one another.”

Leadership has been contagious. Freshman Allie Davis played like a veteran in the district championship.

“She’d never played a varsity point her entire freshman year and I threw her in the third game when we were losing,” Baker said. “She played great. She did a great job of handling that pressure.”

Boone was scheduled to host Morristown West Tuesday evening in a regional opener. The winner would secure a sectional berth and a spot in Tuesday night’s championship game.

Baker said the long-awaited district title will be properly recognized at the appropriate time.

“It’s a big deal to us, but the road’s not over yet,” Baker said. “We’re gonna finish what we’re doing and then we’ll come back and celebrate.”

Player of the week

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Trailblazers top Morristown East

Boone’s Devon White led the Trailblazers in their Friday night victory on the road against Morristown East.

By TREY WILLIAMS

H&T Correspondent

What doesn’t kill you, they say, will make you stronger, and Daniel Boone’s football team is confident that it was strengthened by enduring a taxing non-conference schedule after a rash of key injuries.

The Trailblazers are still without exceptional running back Charlie Cole (arm), but Devon White continued to find his stride in his second game back from a thumb injury during Daniel Boone’s 28-21 victory at Morristown East on Friday.

White, a junior inside linebacker-running back, led the ‘Blazers (1-1, 2-4) with 11 tackles and carried the ball 10 times for 55 yards.

“He made a lot of open-field tackles against their really shifty quarterback,” Boone coach Jeremy Jenkins said. “He’s just getting better and better for us and he’s kind of a calming factor over there for us on defense. But we had a lot of kids make plays. Cole Bishop, coming back off an injury, pressured the quarterback well. Eli Penix, another sophomore, really pressured the quarterback well.

“We’ve got a lot of areas to improve, but our kids took a step in the right direction.”

A number of players took a lot of positive steps at Morristown East. The ‘Blazers rushed for 296 yards. Brennan Blair ran for 141 yards, and quarterback Kaleb Worley (11 carries, 60 yards) and Joe Jones (4-50) contributed significantly to the ground game.

“We finally established the run game,” Jenkins said. “We had 296 yards on the ground and Brennan ran for 141 of those. (Blair) just hits the hole so hard and he’s got breakaway speed in the secondary. He’s not played a lot of running back. We usually had him at receiver and he’s our jet (sweep) guy.

“But with the injuries that we’ve had, we’ve put him there along with Devon and Joe. And Kaleb, too. Joe’s really the speedster. Brennan can hit it up inside and get outside. Devon is kind of more the power guy, and Kaleb’s a power guy, too.”

Worley also had a solid passing game, as did Jackson Jenkins. Worley was 5 of 7 passing for 96 yards and two touchdowns, both of which went to Phillip Page while helping the Trailblazers build a 28-7 halftime lead. Jenkins was 4 of 6 for 50 yards.

“Both quarterbacks played well,” Jenkins said. “I thought that was the best game Kaleb has played.

“We know we can throw the ball if they can’t just play five in the box and have to honor us (running the ball) a little bit.”

Jenkins’ primary concern from the victory at East was a lackluster second half.

“We didn’t finish like we’d like to in the second half,” he said. “We had way too many snaps on defense. I believe we had 11 penalties the second half, nine on offense that kept us behind the sticks the whole half.

“We hadn’t been ahead much at halftime and we were up 28-7. And we come out and they hit a deep ball and made it, 28-14. And we had six holding penalties called the second half. We just kind of spun our wheels offensively.”

Jenkins isn’t certain Cole will return this season. He’s still in a cast, and rehab would follow its removal. A return for the regular season finale against Cherokee appears possible, if not likely, and Jenkins said coming back in time for a first-round playoff game might be more realistic.

“It’ll be a shot in the arm for us if he is,” Jenkins said. “But we can’t really control that. I know he’s wanting to play, but it’s been six weeks and he’s still in a cast.”

Boone will host Volunteer (0-3, 2-4) for homecoming on Friday. The Falcons have a versatile athlete in Peyton Derrick on offense and a gambling defense.

“It’s kind of feast or famine,” Jenkins said. “They may hit you in the backfield a couple of times, but if you can break the line of scrimmage, you’re in the secondary one on one. We’ve gotta do a good job getting a hat on a hat. We wanna be coming out of homecoming with a victory there.”

David Crockett was off last week. The Pioneers (2-0, 5-0) will visit Cherokee (3-0, 6-1) in a key Region 1-6A match up on Friday.

Trailblazers place at Low Country Invitational

Daniel Boone’s boys cross country team placed second at the Low Country Invitational in South Carolina over the weekend.

From STAFF REPORTS

The Daniel Boone Cross Country Team competed in a weekend race at the Low Country Invitational on Johns Island, Charleston, South Carolina against 48 teams.

The boys varsity team placed second, 108-130, to Lexington, South Carolina.

Conner Wingfield earned individual honors with a fourth place finish in 16:21. Other varsity members were Max Austin (17:39.1), Keaton Smith (17:39.4), Bryson Lewis (17:51), Austin Galloway (17:53.5), Mason Lewis (17:53.8) and Jameson Cline (18:03).

Above right, the girls cross country team placed fourth at the invitational.

The girls varsity team placed fourth, just seven points away from a second place finish.

Kamryn Wingfield (20:23), Patricia Chellah (20:24) and Judy Chellah (20:26) all earned individual honors.

Remaining varsity members were Grace Sheldon (21:36), Lauren Spry (21:53), Chloe Brown (22:17) and Alysse Rowland (22:42).

The boys junior varsity team placed second, just eight points behind Spring Valley. Sam Hall (19:00), Ben Carter (19:02) and Gavin Leonard (19:15) all placed in the top 10.

Player of the week

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Crockett stays on top against Central

By TREY WILLIAMS

H&T Correspondent

David Crockett quarterback Cade Larkins stayed on pace to have a chance at the all-time state passing records for yards and touchdowns despite not playing in the second half of Friday’s 49-7 victory at Sullivan Central.

Larkins passed for five TDs and 245 yards while helping the Pioneers (5-0) build a 42-0 halftime lead.

He’s some 1,500 yards away from the career passing mark. His 182 yards passing against Ooltewah will not count unless the season-opening game that was suspended with Crockett leading in the second half would have to be resumed due to playoff implications, and there’s a slim chance of that.

Not that Larkins or the Pioneers are preoccupied with individual achievements.

“We know it’s there but we’re just focusing one day at a time,” said Crockett second-year coach Hayden Chandley, who improved to 17-1.

Sullivan Central coach Chris Steger is impressed with Larkins.

“The quarterback’s phenomenal,” Steger said. “He throws the deep ball. His pocket presence is about as good as anybody I’ve ever seen.

“When people try to bring pressure he knows how to slide around in the pocket and make that play last, keeping those eyes downfield looking for those receivers.”

Prince Kollie and Donta Hackler each had two TD receptions at Central.

The Pioneers also took some peeks at the future at quarterback against Central.

Mason Britton, a 6-foot-4 junior receiver, moved to quarterback for much of the second half after catching a TD pass prior to intermission. And freshman Hayden Wesley finished up.

“One of the brightest spots was Mason Britton at quarterback,” Chandley said. “He completed three or four balls and looked extremely crisp. He got us about three quarters of the way down the field – and that was his second drive and we took him out to get our freshman some reps, too.

“So that was one of the brightest spots to see. He hasn’t got a whole lot of time at quarterback and reps at quarterback, but it was a good opportunity to get our backup some work. And I thought Hayden Wesley came in and ran the offense extremely well once Mason exited the game.”

Crockett played crisply in the first half.

“We came out and really hit on all cylinders straight from the jump,” Chandley said.

“I feel like we’ve gotten better each and every week at starting faster and it was good to see us come out and play the way we did to start the game.”

The reserves finished the game with focus, too. Freshman Aiden Clark and senior Jackson Warner had their moments.

“Aiden Clark caught a couple of balls on offense and made a couple of tackles on defense,” Chandley said.

“Jackson Warner, a reserve defensive lineman for us, had a big sack on their first possession the second half. That was good to see as well.”

Larkins is 89 of 145 passing for 1,405 yards, 21 TDs and one interception (not including the Ooltewah performance).

Ronquille Joyner, who had a 45-yard TD run at Central, leads the Pioneers with 472 yards rushing and seven TDs on the ground.

Kollie leads the Pioneers with 34 catches for 684 yards and eight TDs. Hackler (28 catches, 368 yards, four TDs) and Britton (18-266-7) are the other top targets.

Kollie also leads the Pioneers with 31 tackles. Caleb Hackler has a team-high 3.5 sacks.

Chandley hopes to get receiver-defensive back Eric Dunbar (knee) back when Crockett returns to play in Region 1-5A next week at Cherokee. The Pioneers are off this week.

“We’re very hopeful to get him back for Cherokee,” Chandley said. “If we’re in the NFL he’d be probable.”

Daniel Boone — Dobyns-Bennett 38, Daniel Boone 0

Injury-hampered Daniel Boone (1-4) returned from a bye week with a 38-0 home loss to Dobyns-Bennett. Second-year coach Joey Christian’s Indians improved to 5-0.

Brennan Blair had nine carries for 55 yards for Boone, which will return to Region 1-5A play when it travels to Morristown East on Friday.

Still undefeated: Pioneers top Cocke County

David Crockett’s quarterback, Cade Larkins, looks for a Pioneer player down field against Cocke County.

By TREY WILLIAMS

H&T Correspondent

With eight new starters on defense, David Crockett didn’t figure to be pitching shutouts this season.

But the Pioneers recorded a 35-0 win at home against Cocke County on Friday, holding the Fighting Cocks to 77 yards of offense in the Region 1-6A victory.

Crockett (2-0, 4-0) forced four turnovers, giving it 13 takeaways in four games.

Crockett’s Brenden Reid makes a run during the Pioneer’s home shutout.

“A player I’ve been big on since week one is Brenden Reid,” said Crockett second-year coach Hayden Chandley, who improved his record to 16-1. “The kid just makes plays. He plays one of our strong safety spots.”

Reid, a sophomore, has 27 tackles on the season. Junior Prince Kollie has 28.

“I think Brenden led us in tackles and had a tackle for loss (against Cocke County),” Chandley said. “He’s just got a nose for the football and plays extremely hard. His twin, Brayden, had a fumble recovery for a touchdown. I’m just really proud of the way those two guys have just come into their own here in the middle part of the season. That’s been a really good sight to see.”

Kollie had seven catches for 130 yards and Donta Hackler had five catches for 100 yards against the Cocks. Senior quarterback Cade Larkins passed for 276 yards. Larkins, who has a shot at the state passing yardage record, is 71 of 117 passing for 1,160 yards, 16 TDs and no interceptions.

Kollie, who has 25 catches for 541 yards and six TDs, is being followed closely by Virginia Tech.

“Virginia Tech talks to Prince pretty much every other day,” Chandley said. “Prince had a big third-down sack in the first half (against Cocke County), which was good to see. And offensively, Prince had another superb game at receiver and Mason Britton had another touchdown reception. It’s kind of funny, Mason’s caught 13 balls on the year, I think, for six touchdowns. It’s just kind of crazy the way it’s worked out.

“We were without (receiver-defensive back) Eric Dunbar. It was the first game he’s missed. He got hurt against Knox Webb. He got a little knee issue. He’ll be out again this week, but then with the bye week coming up (Oct. 4) we hope to get him back for the Cherokee game. The offensive line did some good things as well. Blaine Greer, Tony Davis, Caleb Hackler, Parish Combs and all those guys played really well defensively up front.”

Crockett’s Donta Hackler denies a defender.

Crockett has sustained the focus it had last season while advancing to the quarterfinals for the first time in program history.

“Last year’s motto was All In,” Chandley said. “This year we’ve adopted the saying ‘Be Great.’ … Do you want to be remembered as the senior class that went 12-1 as juniors and then had a letdown as seniors?

“We’ve challenged the kids to that, and they’ve upheld that standard so far. The standard now in Jonesborough is you’ve gotta bring it every single day, no days off and you don’t play second fiddle to anybody. There’s just good buzz in the school and in the community. The kids, you know, are carrying around a big chest, and they deserve that. They’ve worked their tails off for it. Hopefully, we can continue that.”

Chandley chuckles when being credited with the most successful 17-game stretch in the program’s 49-year history.

“These kids, man, I’m telling you, it’s a blessing to coach these kids,” he said. “I thank God every day for bringing me here. There’s never been athletes to come through here quite like the ones we have. The credit goes to those guys and buying in to the vision the staff has for the program. They bought in real quick.

“So far it’s worked out. I’m blessed to have the staff that we’ve got. I surrounded myself with a great group of coaches that are not only great football coaches, but they care about young men.”

David Crockett will play Sullivan Central this week before concluding the season with four straight league games.

Injury-riddled Daniel Boone, which was idle last week, jumps right back into the fire against Dobyns-Bennett this week.

Player of the week

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David Crockett Cheer attends UCA Camp, names All-Americans

David Crockett High School’s cheerleaders attended UCA camp during the summer. The team perfected their cheer skills while also placing in various categories such as rally with big stunt and sideline.

From STAFF REPORTS

It’s already been a good year for David Crockett High School Cheer.

Right, seven David Crockett High School cheerleaders were recently named All-Americans. In addition to the team’s accomplishments at the UCA camp, the seven All-Americans are also given the opportunity to travel overseas to be a part of one of two international New Year’s Day parades in London or Rome.

Crockett’s cheerleaders participated in the Universal Cheerleaders Association cheer camp this year. Seven DCHS cheerleaders were named All-American Cheerleaders.

The Pioneer team received third place in overall varsity, first place in rally with big stunt, fourth place in cheer, and fourth place in sideline.

Overall, there were 22 teams, 18 Varsity teams, and 355 cheerleaders competing.

The seven students named All-Americans were Breanna Mauk, Jessica Aiken, Savannah Lands, Sydnee Hill, Zoe Chapman, Brooke Dinnes and JD Waldrop.

Cheerleading squads that attend a Universal Cheerleaders Association camp can nominate squad members to try out for the honor of being named a UCA All-American.

When an athlete becomes an All-American cheerleader, he or she is invited to perform at special events across the country and the world such as the London New Year’s Day Parade or the Rome New Year’s Day Parade.