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Boone wins Musket Bowl with sound beating of Crockett

The gridiron meeting between Washington County’s bitter rivals David Crockett (4-6) and Daniel Boone (8-2) always promises to be a display of high school football at its finest.
If the 40th meeting between the two schools needed any more extra emphasis, the Oct. 28 game promised to be one of the year’s best as the stakes have never been higher. The 2010 Musket Bowl commenced at Crockett in front of a packed stadium of onlookers. Not only is this the biggest rivalry game for both schools, but the meeting marked the first time the event would be part of the Great American Rivalry series as well as a must-win for one of the team’s involved. The Pioneers would need to win the game to keep their season alive while a Trailblazers win could help their postseason seeding.
Despite entering the game as huge underdogs, Crockett was able to score first against a Trailblazer defense that has been one of the best in the conference. Early in the first quarter, Anthony Campbell took off out of the backfield, used an unbelievable cutback and took the ball 71 yards for a touchdown, shocking their competitors and grabbing an early lead. After an extra-point miss, the Pioneers kicked the ball to a high-powered Boone offense led by two senior quarterbacks.
After starting with poor field position at their own 11, the Blazers got right to work. Austin Reppart found a wide-open Zach Johnson for a 46-yard pass completion. The Blazers capped off their six-play, 89-yard drive with a 15-yard Sanders touchdown run on a misdirection. After a Brandon Burkey extra point, Boone gained the lead at 7-6 and would never trail again.
The Blazers’ next points came on a Crockett punt, as a bad snap went out of the back of the end zone for a safety. A big Kevin Connell return put the Blazers in good field position. Reppart struck again, this time on a 30-yard touchdown pass to Travis Keever.
On the following possession, Crockett found some life on a trick play. After pitching the ball to running back Victor Shepherd, one of the conference’s top rushers threw deep, finding Issak McGee for a 34-yard gain. Unfortunately for the Pioneers, their drive fizzled and they were forced to punt back to their rival.
As the first half was winding down, Sanders capped off another Boone drive with a 3-yard run finding pay dirt. After a two-point conversion, the Blazers headed to the half with a dominant 24-6 lead.
As the third quarter began, things didn’t get any easier for the Pioneers. The Blazers were quick to score, and the defense continued to stifle the powerful David Crockett running attack. Connell was able to score two times in the third on runs of 3 and 9 yards, and Burkey drilled a 36-yard field goal as Boone turned a big win into a rout. After matching touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the game ended with Boone easily winning 48-12.
The Blazer defense held one of the conference’s best backs to just 22 yards on nine carries, resulting in a disappointing game for Victor Shepherd and a huge positive for his rival.
“They were better than we were,” Shepherd said. “They executed better and we got beat.”
Boone, on the other hand, had few problems against the Pioneer defense. Connell and Reppart combined with five completions for 117 yards. Sanders led all rushers with 104 yards on 13 carries. His teammate Tyler Shepherd carried eight times for 86 yards. Boone dominated on both sides of the ball racking up 415 yards of total offense, while holding Crockett to 201 yards.
The dominant performance left Blazer Head Coach Jeremy Jenkins very pleased with his team’s Musket Bowl win.
“Our kids played with great effort. After that one misalignment early on when Crockett got the long touchdown run, we were lights out defensively,” he said. “On offense, our lineman blocked well, our quarterbacks played well and our backs ran hard. It was a great all around team effort.”
The loss brings Crockett’s season to an end with a narrow miss of being in the playoffs. They were the first team out. Boone will enter the class 5A playoffs as a two seed coming off a huge rivalry win.
The Blazers will play host to Sullivan South (6-4) on Friday, Nov. 5.
“It’s a new season next week,” Jenkins said. “We have to come out and play with the same intensity we have played with all year. We are a little banged up, but we’ll be OK.”