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Crockett earns first win of the season in senior night thriller

ason hasn’t elapsed the way the team’s seniors had hoped or expected.
While there aren’t many seniors on the Pioneer roster this year, their impact has been huge. Still, the team remained winless up until last week.
In the last home game of the season — senior night —the Pioneers’ venteran players led the team to its first win of 2011 in a last second thriller against Sullivan Central.
Crockett’s winless streak had been hardest to swallow for senior, three-sport athlete Anthony Campbell, who entered the season as the Pioneers running back, switching over from receiver to assume the spot.
Crockett has been strong at the position in recent years which is heavily relied on in their Wing-T offensive set.
The long line of talent in the backfield for the Pioneers, most recently headed by Chorpee Sumo in 2009 and Victor Shepherd last season, left near unreachable expectations for Campbell in assuming the role in 2011.
Behind a young offensive front, the small-framed Campbell has made the most of the opportunities he has been allotted, but the quality of defenses in the Big 8 has left the runner battered and beaten.
As Friday night would have it, redemption would be Campbell’s in the 29-28 victory.
After falling behind 7-0, Crockett senior receiver Seth Wright took the ensuing Central kickoff 80 yards to tie game at 7-7 in the first quarter.
Cougar quarterback Charlton Buckner broke the tie in the second, scoring his second touchdown of the game on a 10-yard scamper to put Central up by 7.
On the next Crockett possession, Campbell took a handoff, breaking away from Central defenders en route to a 42-yard touchdown.
After the failed extra point, Crockett trailed by one.
With the half approaching, Campbell came through again, this time on a 1-yard run to give the Pioneers the lead.
Devaun Miller’s two-point conversion pass to Wright gave Crockett a 7-point advantage at the half.
A scoreless third quarter gave way to one of the best finishes in Northeast Tennessee football this season.
Central opened the fourth with a scoring drive to knot the game at 21.
With the final minutes ticking off the clock, Central stepped on the hearts of the Crockett fans, coaches and players alike, scoring the go ahead touchdown with just 35 seconds left to play.
In all the losses the Pioneers have sustained this season, adversity proved a valuable lesson, with Crockett soon to discover that never giving up can make for much more than just moral victories.
Then it happened. Campbell fielded the Central kick, cut through defenders, breaking off a 60-yard return to give the Pioneers a chance.
With the Pioneers in striking distance of the endzone and just 20 seconds left to play, the Pioneers found second life when Miller, Crockett’s senior signal caller, dropped back and found William Hensley for the touchdown.
Trailing by a point, Crockett Coach Kent Green made one of the gutsiest calls of the season, electing to keep his kicker on the sidelines and go for the win with a two-point conversion.
There was little doubt where the ball was going.
Campbell plummeted into the endzone with the ball, bringing with him a well-deserved win and the season’s only bright spot thus far.
Despite being statistically beaten in almost every category, Crockett proved that heart and determination can’t be measured by yards or the time on the clock.
The Pioneers now move on to preparing for the 40th annual Musket Bowl against county rival Daniel Boone High School.
The game takes place Friday, Oct. 28. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.