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Boone remains unbeaten, Crockett continues to slide

Through the first four weeks of the regular season, the Blazers of Daniel Boone High School and Pioneers of David Crockett High School sit in very different places, both mentally and statistically.
As both teams prepare to start a full slate of conference games in the following weeks, Friday acted as a final tune up for Boone, while the Pioneers know work remains to be done in order to improve.
The Blazers remained unbeaten on the season after defeating Happy Valley on Sept. 7, 42-6, while Crockett lost their second straight contest on the same night in a 35-0 blowout against Cocke County.
Gaitor’s three touchdowns lead Boone IN ROUT
Boone senior Ryan Gaitor, who also plays basketball for the Trailblazers, was instrumental in his school’s fourth win of the season, a 42-6 romp over Happy Valley.
Gaitor managed to score three of Boone’s first four touchdowns of the night.
The Blazers opened the contest with 21 first-quarter points and never stepped off the accelerator.
Gaitor scored the game’s first touchdown on the first offensive play of the game, taking a handoff and cutting to the sidelines en route to a 71-yard touchdown run.
After stopping Happy Valley following the score, Boone went back to work, mastering an 87-yard drive which ended with Blazer quarterback Jacob Littleton finding receiver Jordan Stout on a 52-yard screen pass to put Boone in front 14-0.
With three minutes remaining in the opening quarter, Gaitor found the end zone for the second time in the game, taking a Happy Valley punt 40 yards to pay dirt and expanding the Blazer lead 21-0.
The Boone offense stalled during their next two possessions, but the scoring drought was short lived as Gaitor hauled in a 22-yard Littleton touchdown pass for his third score of the game.
The contest entered halftime with the Blazers maintaining a 28-0 lead.
Happy Valley finally found the end zone in the third quarter for their first score of the contest, but Boone answered back with two rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the first, a 35-yard touchdown run by Cliff Sanders and later, on a 7-yard scramble by backup quarterback, Jason Hinkle.
Zach McCracken was a perfect 6-of-6 on extra point attempts for the game.
Along with his three touchdowns, Gaitor finished with 175 total yards in the contest on just seven touches.
Sanders finished with over 10 yards per carry, accumulating 91 yards on the ground, and Littleton was once again excellent, finishing 6-of-9 passing for 117 yards.
After opening the season 4-0, the Blazers will undoubtedly face their toughest competition of the season on Friday, Sept. 14, in Kingsport against perennial powerhouse Dobyns-Bennett in a battle of unbeatens.
Crockett takes big ROAD loss
The Pioneers lost their second consecutive contest of the season on Friday night against Cocke County. For Crockett, the 35-0 loss was their second lopsided defeat in two weeks.
After opening the season with an impressive win over Sullivan East, the Pioneers have dropped their previous two contests with a combined score of 78-0.
The Crockett offense hasn’t scored in eight quarters and the early season morale has to be wavering. If the Pioneers are going to right the ship, now is the time.
Crockett (1-2, 0-1) will return to conference play next Friday on the road against an improved and undefeated Science Hill (4-0, 1-0).