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Boone records another win, Pioneers falter again

The Trailblazers of Daniel Boone High School (7-2, 4-2) continued to improve their regular season resume with a 30-16 senior night win over Sullivan South on Oct. 19, further improving their postseason positioning.
In Jonesborough, the Pioneers of David Crockett High School (2-7, 0-6) endured a 54-32 loss at the hands of Sullivan East and will enter the final game of the season with a chance to redeem an otherwise dismal year in the Musket Bowl contest against Boone.
Senior Night
success for Boone
The Blazers’ contest on Friday night against Sullivan South was all about reflection for 18 Daniel Boone seniors, who were playing in their final regular season home game at Nathan Hale Stadium.
The group would not disappoint, delivering a 30-16 win to further bolster their gridiron careers at Boone.
The Blazers seized momentum early in the first quarter with a 4-yard touchdown run by senior Jake Littleton set up by a long Ryan Gaitor return.
A failed extra point resulted in a 6-0 Trailblazer lead.
Boone added a 21-yard Zach McCracken field goal midway through the second quarter to stretch their advantage to 9-0. But South put points on the board with a field goal of their own to send the game to halftime with Boone controlling a narrow 9-3 lead.
Much like they began the game, the Blazers roared out of the gates in the third quarter, scoring on their first offensive possession when Littleton connected with Michael Osterman for a 25-yard touchdown pass.
Boone converted the conversion to push their lead to 17-3.
After forcing a South punt following the touchdown, Boone fumbled giving the ball back to the visitors at the Blazer six-yard line.
South took advantage punching into the end zone from three yards out, to cut into the Boone lead, 17-10.
Unwilling to allow the Rebels to spoil senior night, Boone scored 13 unanswered points, the first on a 4-yard Dustin Chandler touchdown to wind down the third quarter. Their final touchdown of the night came when Gaitor scored from three yards out.
The two scores pushed the Blazer advantage to 30-10.
South was able to get a late touchdown to make the final score 30-16, as the Blazers walked away with a pivotal late season win.
Littleton led the Blazer offense on the night, rushing for 58 yards and a touchdown and throwing for another. Boone pounded the ball successfully, rushing 47 times for 262 yards.
Josh Bacon led the Blazer rushing attack with 86 yards on 16 attempts.
Turnovers doom Pioneers
It was the battle of the beaten Friday night at Pioneers field as David Crockett hosted Sullivan Central in a contest between two teams still looking for their first conference win of the season.
Despite a close contest until the final quarter, five Crockett turnovers and a porous defense resulted in a 54-32 loss.
Through most of the first quarter, Crockett appeared to be on their way toward another blowout loss.
Central opened the contest scoring 21 unanswered first quarter points, helped out by a Crockett fumble on the game’s opening kickoff as well as a pick six later in the quarter.
Despite being behind 21-0, the Pioneers fought back, scoring on consecutive offensive possessions to cut the Central lead to 21-16.
Crockett received touchdowns on a Ryan Burger pass and Chevy Miller run.
The Cougars opened the second quarter with a touchdown, but Crockett came back with a score on a Burger run, to keep the contest close 28-24.
Another Cougar score before halftime sent the game to intermission with Crockett behind 35-24.
After putting together a long drive, Crockett found the end zone midway through the third on a 5-yard Miller touchdown.
The score and conversion pulled the Pioneers within three at 35-32, but that would be as close as the game would get. Central responded with three unanswered touchdowns, one in the third and two in the fourth to close out Crockett 54-32.
The Pioneers racked up 183 yards rushing behind the efforts of Miller, who finished with 98 yards, and Austin Durbin, who tallied 69.
In the final game of the regular season, the Pioneers will welcome Daniel Boone to Jonesborough for the annual Musket Bowl on Thursday, Oct. 25.