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Burger leads Pioneers to shootout win over Volunteer

David Crockett High School sophomore quarterback Ryan Burger threw for 481 yards and five touchdowns in a 43-42 win over Volunteer in Jonesborough on Oct. 11.
It was the Pioneers’ fifth win of the season, a feat the team has not accomplished since 2002.
Thanks to the victory, Crockett remains in the thick of a playoff hunt.
The Pioneers opened the contest on a scoring frenzy, putting 24 points on the board in the first 12 minutes to take a 24-7 lead into the second quarter.
The next 12 minutes would be a different story.
The Falcons outscored the Pioneers 14-0 in the second quarter to pull within a field goal at the half.
For the game, the up-tempo Pioneer offense worked to perfection, running more than 80 plays and wearing down the Volunteer defense.
But with seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and up by a single touchdown, the Pioneers ran into trouble.
After a blocked punt, the Falcons took over on offense near midfield.
The Pioneer defense responded, eventually giving the ball back to the offense, still in front 43-36.
However, once again, the Pioneers would have to give the ball back to Volunteer with four minutes remaining in the contest.
This time the Falcons took advantage, sustaining a drive that would take all but 18 seconds off the clock before punching into the end zone, to cut the contest to 43-42.
Volunteer elected to go for two and the win.
In the unit’s biggest play of the season, the Crockett defense stood tough, pulling down the Volunteer quarterback on the conversion to preserve the 43-42 victory.
The Crockett win came with mind boggling statistics. And Burger led the way.
The sophomore signal caller finished 27-of-42 passing with five touchdowns and an astounding 481 yards through the air.
He added 45 yards rushing on the night for a total of 526 yards of offense, marking one of the greatest offensive performances the conference has ever seen.
Receiver Eric Day posted 12 catches for 206 yards and three touchdowns.
The conference’s leading receiver, Luke Hopson, added another score on nine catches for 117 yards in the Pioneers’ victory.
Most importantly, the Pioneers moved to 5-3 on the season, nearly locking up a playoff spot.
Crockett has just two games remaining on the regular season slate.
With no game scheduled this week, the Pioneers will next take the field to face off against Tennessee High at home on Oct. 25.
The final game of regular season has Crockett heading to Daniel Boone High School on Nov. 1 for the highly anticipated annual Musket Bowl.
If the Pioneers can add another win over their final two games, a playoff home game will be a possibility.
Whether or not that happens, one thing is for certain — big changes are taking place in Joneborough.