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‘All-around team effort’ captures win for Pioneers

The Pioneers of David Crockett High School remain in the thick of a playoff hunt following an important 35-8 conference road win on Oct. 4 against Sullivan Central.
For Crockett (4-3, 1-2), the win was the first conference victory of the season and marked their best all-around team effort of the year.
“I love the effort we gave every play,” Crockett Head Coach Jeremy Bosken said. “It was a great all-around team effort.”
The up-tempo Pioneer offense did most of its damage in the first half, scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter and two more in the second.
Quarterback Ryan Burger gave the Pioneers their first points of the contest on a 1-yard run.
Minutes later, he added his first passing touchdown of the game by finding the conference’s leading receiver Luke Hopson on a 23-yard connection.
Burger added his third touchdown of the contest on another pass, this time finding Eric Day from 18 yards out to give the Pioneers a three touchdown advantage.
The defense got in on the scoring later in the second when Tanner Honeycutt intercepted a Central pass to take it 30 yards for another Pioneer touchdown.
Maintaining a 28-0 lead at the half, Crockett added its final touchdown of the game in the third on Burger’s third touchdown pass and fourth overall.
Burger again found Hopson, this time on a 27-yard pass to deliver the proverbial knockout punch.
Central’s only touchdown of the contest came in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard run.
In the game, the Pioneers piled up more than 400 yards of offense and limited Central throughout.
Bosken was encouraged by the performance of his Pioneers.
“We are really starting to see them come together as a team,” Bosken said. “From leadership on and off the field to understanding the importance of fundamentals of their position, we are improving. They are learning how important it is to do their job the right way.”
The Pioneers will more than likely need a couple more wins to make it into the playoffs.
With just three games left, each one is important.
Crockett will finish off the season against Volunteer, Tennessee High, and Daniel Boone. The Pioneers start their final stretch of the regular season at home against a winless Volunteer on Oct. 11.