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Crockett remains winless with loss against Sullivan South

For a team entering its eighth contest without a win, plagued by injuries and uncertain about what the future will bring, one might expect a minimal effort. But the Pioneers are a different breed of athlete; they are hardy, scrappy and determined.
After their ninth loss of the season on Friday night, a 54-13 drubbing on the road at Sullivan South, one aspect has remained constant with the David Crockett football team – effort. Lacking in size, experience and sheer numbers have put the Pioneers on the wrong side of lopsided scores week after week, sending the Pioneers to the cellar of the Big 8. But Crockett continues to fight, continues to play the game and continues to compete.
Sullivan South (5-3, 3-2) opened the contest in the midst of a playoff race, still needing wins to secure a spot in the TSSAA playoffs. The talented Rebels relied on a plethora of weapons to jump out to an early 20-0 first quarter lead.
Mitchell Crowe scored the game’s first touchdowns, opening the Rebel scoring with an 11-yard run before getting in a second time on 17-yard pass reception. Justin Grooms finished out the first by pushing the lead to 20 after breaking away from Crockett defenders for a 38-yard touchdown run. The Crockett defense responded in the second after the torrid pace of the first quarter, holding South in check on offense and slowing down the game. The only score of the second quarter came on a 1-yard run by South, boosting the Rebels to a 27-0 first half lead.
The third brought along more scoring from the Rebels as the tremendous effort of the Crockett defense was overcome by the efficient and powerful South offense. The Rebels rolled out three touchdowns in the third, pushing the lead to an insurmountable 47-0. But Crockett wouldn’t quit.
With Anthony Campbell unable to return to the game in the second half after suffering an injury in the second quarter, the Pioneers had to look elsewhere for offense.
After putting together one of their more complete drives of the game, Dylan Culbertson punctuated the possession with a bruising 3-yard run for Crockett’s first touchdown. South matched Crockett’s points with a touchdown of their own on a 1-yard dive for six.
With the game winding down, Crockett’s sophomore quarterback, Cody Chambers, took over for Devaun Miller and hit Seth Wright for a 25-yard touchdown for the contest’s final points. The win assured the Rebels of a playoff spot, leaving Crockett with just two games left to get their first win. Chambers finished with 65 yards through the air and a touchdown to lead the Pioneers on offense. The Crockett running attack once again eclipsed the 100-yard mark, finishing with 124 yards on the night.
Crockett will continue the chase for their first win against the winless Cougars of Sullivan Central on Oct. 21. The contest will act as the last home stand for 11 seniors who will be playing their final game in Jonesborough.
The contest against Central will be the prelude to the final matchup of the season for Crockett when they face Boone in the Musket Bowl on Oct. 28.