By TREY WILLIAMS
Washington County swept Hawkins County in dominant fashion on Friday night.
David Crockett (6-0) improved to 3-0 while attempting to defend its Region 1-5A title with a 56-20 victory at Cherokee, which was without quarterback Collin Trent. Cade Larkins remained on pace to set multiple state passing records by throwing for 287 yards and five touchdowns, three of which went to fellow senior Donta Hackler. He finished with seven receptions for 138 yards and senior Ronquille Joyner ran for 141 yards
Daniel Boone (2-1, 3-4) rolled to a 44-14 win against Volunteer thanks, in part, to 140 yards rushing, two TDs and an interception from Brennan Blair.
Crockett started fast at Cherokee (3-1, 6-2).
“Offensively, we started really well,” Pioneers second-year coach Hayden Chandley said. “We took our first offensive possession six plays – six running plays – and really moved the football well. We got a hat on a hat and Ronquille did a good job finding the hole and making some people miss. And then defensively we started with a couple of three-and-outs that set the tone for us defensively. It was good to see us start the way we did.”
Larkins is 107-of-172 for 1,689 yards, 26 TDs and two interceptions. His top targets are Hackler (36 catches, 509 yards, seven TDs) and junior Prince Kollie (36 catches, 712 yards, eight TDs). The trio visited Tennessee for the Vols’ win against Mississippi State on Saturday.
Joyner, who visited Centre College on Saturday, has rushed 69 times for 614 yards and eight TDs. Another Pioneer, massive lineman Blaine Greer, visited Carson-Newman on Saturday.
Kollie and sophomore Brayden Reid are tied for the team lead in tackles (37) for Crockett, which meets another undefeated Region 1-6A team when it hosts Tennessee High on Friday.
“They do a good job of getting a lot of different guys the ball a lot of different ways,” Chandley said. “This isn’t the Tennessee High of last year. They moved the (Nolan) Wishon kid to tackle and they’ve kind of spread it out. A couple of games this year they’ve been 50, 60 or 70 percent pass. Last year they were about 80 or 90 percent run. We’ve gotta do a good job this week getting our kids ready to play, being able to identify formations and knowing where certain people are.”
Daniel Boone’s Jackson Jenkins passed for two TDs (Phillip Page, Daniel Matherly) and Kaleb Worley connected with Daniel Lusk for a scoring strike in the win against Volunteer (0-4, 2-5). Joe Jones ran six times for 60 yards and a TD.
“We played our most complete game both offensively and defensively,” Boone coach Jeremy Jenkins said. “The offensive and defensive lines controlled the line of scrimmage. Brennan led us with 140 yards on the ground with two TDs. Joe Jones had 60 yards and a TD. Both quarterbacks threw TD passes. We had 296 yards on the ground and 175 in the air.
“Defensively our pass rush really set the tone with Cole Bishop, Zach Lawson, Eli Penix and Will Hamlin leading the way. We had two interceptions as well.”
Blair, a converted receiver, leads Boone with 378 yards rushing on 52 carries. Worley has 67 carries for 275 yards.
The Trailblazers’ ground game could get star senior Charlie Cole (44 carries, 224 yards, two TDs) back for the Musket Bowl next week. Cole said Monday that his arm fracture has healed and he feels confident about playing against the Pioneers for the fourth straight year. He was set to get his cast removed on October 16.
Phillip Page leads Boone’s receivers with 22 catches for 334 yards and three TDs.
Boone will visit Cocke County (0-3, 1-6) on Friday.
“I feel like we are playing our best football right now,” Jenkins said, “and this is the time for that.”