Skip to content Skip to left sidebar Skip to right sidebar Skip to footer

Boone wins tenth straight Musket Bowl

The 41st meeting on the gridiron between Daniel Boone and David Crockett took place Thursday night in Jonesborough in front of a capacity crowd on the Pioneer campus. The Blazers (8-2, 5-2) stretched their winning streak in the rivalry to 10 games with a 48-8 victory over host David Crockett (2-8, 0-7) in the final regular season game of the 2012 football season.
While Boone punched their ticket to the TSSAA 5A Playoffs as a three seed with the win, the Pioneers watched as their season came to a close on senior night in the Musket Bowl.
The Blazers opened scoring with a touchdown at the 4-minute mark of the first quarter, when running back Josh Bacon capped off a three play 20-yard drive on a 3-yard run to put the first points of the game on the board.
Just 3 minutes later, Boone was knocking on the door again. This time the Blazers used a 4-yard Ryan Gaitor run to push ahead 12-0. Gaitor converted a two point conversion to give Boone a 14-0 lead with just over a minute to play in the first quarter.
Against a stout Boone defense, the Pioneers struggled to run the ball, averaging just over 2 yards per rush attempt. The Blazers took advantage, scoring twice more in the second quarter, the first coming on a gimmick play, where the versatile Gaitor threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Adam Edwards. The touchdown capped off a six-play 56-yard drive to stretch the Boone lead to 21-0.
Crockett had an opportunity after the score as the Pioneers drove the length of the field, but once inside the 10, the Blazer defense refused to break and Crockett turned the ball over on downs.
Starting at their own 9, Boone amassed 91 yards on four plays in just 35 seconds. Jake Littleton guided the Blazers into the end zone, completing a 24-yard touchdown pass to Michael Osterman in the corner of the end zone to head into halftime in full control 28-0.
Just as they had ended the first half, Boone was equally as strong to open the second, using four plays and less than a minute to find pay dirt. The drive was capitalized on Bacon’s second touchdown of the game.
Boone tacked on two more touchdowns to close the third quarter, the first on a 2-yard Dustin Chandler TD run to put the Blazers ahead 41-0. Bacon completed the trifecta scoring on a 5-yard run, for his third touchdown of the game and Boone’s final score.
The Pioneers continued to fight despite the lopsided score, fighting off a shutout to open the fourth quarter when quarterback Ryan Burger found Jordan Turner on a screen pass that went for a 76-yard Crockett touchdown. The score resulted from a six play 92-yard drive. After the conversion, Crockett trailed 48-8, the contest’s final score.
Boone was surgical running the football, finishing with 244 yards on just 30 touches. Bacon paced the Blazers’ rushing attack, totaling 90 yards and three touchdowns. Littleton was efficient throwing the football, completing 60 percent of his passes for 120 yards. He added 39 yards rushing in the game.
Gaitor once again contributed in several facets of the contest, hauling in two passes for 70 yards, scoring a touchdown on a run and throwing for a touchdown on a reverse pass, which helped Boone solidify their lead.
Leading the way for the Pioneers was Burger, who completed five of 10 passes for 128 yards, a touchdown and interception. Crockett finished with just 90 yards rushing in the contest, with Turner leading the team with 41 yards on the ground and Shawn Parker close behind with 37. Dalton Brown added 25 yards.
While the Pioneers season is over, there is a silver lining. Crockett will be awarded the Bobby Dodd Sportsmanship Award, an honor bestowed by the Region 1 officials.
For Daniel Boone, their season doesn’t just end in capturing the musket. Moving to the 5A Playoffs as a three seed, they will open the postseason on Friday, Nov. 2, at home against Tennessee High.