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Big second half keys Pioneer win

After a back-and-forth first half, the Pioneers of David Crockett subdued a pesky Unicoi County in the second half of Friday night’s game in Jonesborough to win 37-14.
Although the Pioneers truly separated themselves from their opponent over the final two quarters, it was the final offensive play of the first half for the Pioneers that really swung the momentum as the teams headed to the half.
With the contest tied at 14 late in the second quarter, a Crockett hook-and-lateral that went for six sent the Pioneers into the break with a touchdown advantage.
After the Pioneers broke a 7-7 tie in the second quarter off of a Ryan Burger rushing touchdown, his second of the first half, the Blue Devils bounced right back on the ensuing kickoff when Nick Fender took it the distance to again tie the game.
That figured to be the halftime score until Burger found D.J. Britton who then lateraled his catch to Justin Wade who scampered into the end zone for the Crockett touchdown.
The Pioneers exited the locker room in the second half with the lead and the momentum and continually shut the door on the Unicoi offense.
The Crockett defensive unit paced the second half with several drive-killing sacks by Jeremy Collins and Jeremiah Leonard.
The offense would add three more scores, a field goal and two touchdowns to put the game out of reach midway through the final quarter.
After a relatively quiet first game, in a 26-20 win over Sullivan East, the Pioneer passing game was effective and efficient.
Burger threw for 258 yards and connected with Eric Day six times to the tune of 134 yards.
Sophomore T.K. Hill who rushed for 217 yards in the Pioneers first contest eclipsed the 100-yard mark in the game, rushing for 111 yards on 18 carries.
The Pioneers will have a big week of preparation before welcoming conference favorite Science Hill to Jonesborough for their Friday, Sept. 5, meeting.