By TREY WILLIAMS
On a night when veteran Daniel Boone football coach Jeremy Jenkins got one of his “top five” all-time victories with a thrilling triumph at Greeneville, David Crockett couldn’t follow what was arguably the greatest win in school history with a second straight win against Science Hill.
Boone quarterback Jackson Jenkins threw three touchdown passes to Phillip Page, including the game-winner with 25 seconds remaining, and Devon White rushed for two TDs before leaving the game with 5:49 left due to a broken leg.
Crockett fell 35-14 at Science Hill despite two touchdown runs from Notre Dame commitment Prince Kollie.
Daniel Boone twice came back from two-touchdown deficits in the fourth quarter at Greeneville, and the second such rally came after White left the game with a gruesome injury that led to breaks in the tibia and fibula. It could’ve drained the ‘Blazers, but instead strengthened resolve.
“It was one of those games that kept you on the edge of your seat right there, because we got down in the fourth quarter two different times by 14 and came back,” Jeremy Jenkins said. “Our kids showed a lot of resiliency, a lot of heart, coming back after Devon getting hurt right there in front of us. Everybody just kind of came together.”
White, a senior that also plays linebacker, had run 16 times for 104 yards and also scored from 11 yards out. He rushed for 101 yards and a TD in a 28-14 season-opening loss to CAK and is leading the ‘Blazers with 16 tackles.
The thrill of victory was just as intense, perhaps even more, in the back of an ambulance. White was still at Burley Stadium when Page caught a 28-yard TD pass to get Boone within 34-28.
“After the play when I went down, I actually heard them score the next touchdown,” White said. “I heard Phillip catch that next ball and I heard the crowd go crazy, and I kind of had a feeling something special was gonna happen. But after that I was in the ambulance off to the hospital.
“I was about halfway to the hospital and they told me we won, and it just gave me chills because I knew that was something special. That was God working right there that my teammates pulled together – for me, especially.”
Jenkins was proud of how his quarterback and the offensive line (Chandler Masters, Matt Masters, center in Matt Masters, Peyton Ford, Josh) Bowman, Jake Sipos) bounced back from an iffy opener.
Boone doubled up Greeneville’s time of possession and also cleared the way for a 41-carry, 165-yard night from Brennan Blair, who, oh by the way, overcame considerable adversity last week.
“I kind of kept it quiet, but Brennan passed two kidney stones,” Jenkins said. “He didn’t practice Thursday. He was in the Emergency Room, and it finally passed. And then he passed another one right before we played. He showed some toughness, especially when Devon went out. We were kind of doing the one-two punch with those two, and he kind of had to take it all on there at the end. …
“Jackson played okay at times against CAK. He made some throws. But he turned the ball over. I thought he played well (at Greeneville). And any time you have two backs over a hundred yards each, you know you’re doing something up front. And our receivers played well.
“Offensively, it was one of our better games we’ve had in a while, over 470 yards of offense.”
Blair has 56 carries for 200 yards on the season. Jenkins went 12 of 14 for 160 yards and three TDs against Greeneville. Page has 11 receptions for 200 yards and three TDs.
Boone will visit Tennessee High in its Region 1-5A opener on Friday. The win at Greeneville could prove to be a springboard, or it could cause the Trailblazers an emotional hangover.
“We’re hoping that can put a lot of wind in our sails,” Jenkins said. “We told our kids that was a great win and they’ve not lost many games down there in I couldn’t tell you when, but we enjoyed it 24 hours. Sunday, we started getting ready for Tennessee High. We know that’s our most important game because that’s the next one, and we’ve just gotta ride this momentum up there, because we’re going to a tough place to play.”
White is tentatively hopeful of being able to return at some point late in the season, and said he was told two months was probably a best-case scenario.
David Crockett took a 7-0 lead at Science Hill thanks to an 11-yard TD run by Kollie, but highlights were few and far between during the final three quarters. Kollie completed 7 of 11 passes for 69 yards and rushed for 71 yards on 14 carries. He’s 10 of 14 passing on the season and has rushed 44 times for 242 yards.
“I mean that’s one of the best players in the state,” Science Hill coach Stacy Carter said. “He’s not going to Notre Dame for nothing. And he’s a tremendous kid. I hope to see him on Saturdays, but I’m glad I’m not seeing him any more on Friday nights.”
Pioneers junior Brenden Reid rushed 19 times for 92 yards.
“Brenden Reid is a gamer,” Crockett coach Hayden Chandley said. “If I had 35 Brendan Reids, I’d win a lot of games, because that kid’s tougher than snot. I don’t care if he is 5-10, 175. He’s tougher than snot and pound for pound, the toughest kid we’ve got.
“He did turn the ball over twice. That’s something we’ve got to sharpen up. But he played as hard as he could play. That was a bright spot.”
Crockett will host Volunteer on Friday in its Region 1-5A opener.