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Crockett football falls to Tennessee High

Friday’s home match-up between the David Crockett Pioneers (1-0) and the Tennessee High Vikings (2-0) promised to be a physical contest between two teams that have similar styles.
Both teams earned impressive victories against Sullivan East early in the season.
Their offense and overall style of play are closely related, as both teams utilize two capable running backs in the backfield, and split ball carries in the Wing T offense.
In the trenches and on the defensive side of the ball, the two play very physical and tough brands of football.
The 2010 season began with a question mark as to how the Pioneers would replace sensational running back Chroppe Sumo, who graduated last year. But the trio of Victor Shepherd, Dallas Townsend and Matt Rosembaum has proved, thus far, a worthy replacement.
The ground-and-pound offense for Crockett was successful in their opener against Sullivan East, as they amassed over 300 yards on the ground, but the stifling Viking defense would prove to be another story.
Early on, both teams delivered on their physical promise as they took shots at each other on the ground.
Crockett, led by the running of Shepherd and Townsend, was able to get inside Viking territory early in the first quarter. The drive ended on fourth down and four as the Tennessee High defense swarmed the Crockett runner around the line of scrimmage.
On the first play of the first Viking possession, junior Carlos Howard took a handoff and broke into Pioneer territory. The drive ended with a 6-yard touchdown pass.
With a penalty on first down, Crockett was forced to punt after quarterback Josh Richardson was sacked on third and nine. A fumble recovery by Crockett’s Thomas Baines moved the offense backward as Richardson was sacked two more times on a three-and-out.
Another series of flags summoned the end of the first quarter, with the Vikings leading 7-0.
On the first Pioneer possession of the second quarter, Townsend was able to get the offense going with a couple of first-down carries, resulting in the majority of his 46 first half yards.
Unfortunately, on his last carry of the drive, he went down with an injury and was forced to sit out much of the game.
Shepherd picked up where Townsend left off, but after a 10-yard holding penalty and 5-yard false start, the Pioneer drive stalled.
As the second quarter was winding down, Crockett’s Christian Taylor picked off a pass, returning it to inside the red zone. But the interception was nullified on a roughing the passer penalty, which the Vikings were able to turn into a field goal. The Pioneers went into half time down 10-0.
Crockett’s offense couldn’t ever find their rhythm in the second half, finishing the game with less than 100 yards of total offense and a half filled with three-and-outs.
The Viking rushing attack eventually wore down a weary but determined Crockett defense, winning 27-0.
Crockett coach Kent Greene acknowledged the effort of his defense after the game.
“I feel like we outhit them. We played hard and didn’t quit. I liked our effort,” he said. “Our defense got a little tired and we just had a lack of execution on offense.”
With the loss Crockett drops to 1-1 on the season, but will look to bounce back next Friday at Cocke County.