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Crockett football on the rise

Excellence on the football field has, more often than not, eluded David Crockett High School throughout its history, having put together just four winning seasons in more than 40 years.
It has been 12 years since the Pioneers last appeared in the playoffs and Crockett is in the midst of a 10-game losing streak over archrival Daniel Boone High School.
But when talking to players, sitting in on a scrimmage or attending the Aug. 10 media day, it becomes clear the atmosphere in Jonesborough has changed.
A new energy among the team and coaches is evident, and excitement and confidence is building. Crockett football is on the rise.
Led by first-year head coach Jeremy Bosken, the Pioneers head into the 2013 season ready and prepared for the challenges they will undoubtedly confront, excited to do so with an identity centered around “one” — one team, one game at a time.
“Right now, with ‘one’ being our motto, we are focused on one game at a time,” Bosken said. “All we care about right now is Sullivan East at home on Aug. 22. We are not looking ahead at anything; right now every team that looks at their schedule sees Crockett as a (win for them). We understand that, but we can’t look past anybody.”
With a new coach comes a new philosophy and for Bosken and his Pioneers this means an up-tempo style of play and controlling what they are able to control. That begins with conditioning.
“Conditioning is something we take pride in,” Bosken said. “We might not be the strongest or the fastest, but the one thing we can hang our hat on is how well we are conditioned.”
The team shoots for 70 reps each practice and on “Tempo Tuesdays” they shoot for 90.
Practices are filmed and watched by the coaching staff with every player held accountable for any loafing caught on tape.
While Bosken admits his starters are by no means set in stone, with less than two weeks remaining before their first game, the roster is beginning to emerge.
In the backfield for the Pioneers will be sophomore Ryan Burger at quarterback and senior Shawn Parker, among others at running back.
Crockett’s receiving corps will be anchored by senior Luke Hopson on the outside and senior Troy White in the slot.
Tight end roles will be occupied by Cody Chambers and Eric Day.
Up front for the Pioneers will be Justin Morrow at center, Brandon Raines at left tackle, Andrew Kyker at right guard and Tomas Ojeda at right tackle.
Fighting for a starting spot at left guard is the trio of Tyler Carver, Tyler Brown and Coy Vaughn.
The defensive side of the ball is anchored by cornerbacks Tanner Honeycutt and Ty Butler, two seniors who Bosken says have a chance to play at the next level.
Also in the secondary will be Ryan Phillips and Michael Moffitt.
Another strong group will be the Pioneer linebackers. The position will be held down by Jake Wells, Shawn Parker, Chevy Miller and Jeremiah Leonard.
Up front on defense will be Preston Tilson, Colt Jenkins, Toby Rupert and Evan Rolla.
On special teams, TJ Arnold will kick and Preston Thompson will punt.
Return men include freshman TK Hill and seniors Butler and Honeycutt.
Crockett will play Boone in the fourth quarter of the Aug. 15 Jamboree at Science Hill High School. The event starts at 6:30 p.m.