Just like the days of old, the records didn’t matter when David Crockett visited Daniel Boone for the Musket Bowl. But unlike those days, Crockett came out victorious.
The Pioneers battled back from a halftime deficit to take a 52-26 win over the Trailblazers, their first Musket Bowl win in 12 seasons.
The spark for the Pioneers came from running back James Midkiff, who took the ball 38 yards, bouncing off and shedding tackles to finally find the end zone and give the Pioneers the lead early in the third quarter.
They never looked back.
“When I got the ball, I didn’t think I’d score, but I wanted to push as far as I could,” Midkiff said. “Not for me, but for the guys in the trenches, the community and all our coaches who put us in a position to win.”
He did just that and finished the night with 110 yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns.
It was his and his senior class’ first win over Boone during their high school careers, and it helped to define a season that was filled with hard times.
“It’s a big win for sure,” Midkiff said. “It’s proof to ourselves and everyone that we aren’t the old Crockett, and everything we have gone through has made us more of a family, which is why we have been able to get wins over Boone, Tennessee High and Morristown East. Because we play for the brothers beside us, not the enemy on the other side.”
Senior teammate Ryan Burger finished with 20-of-30 passing for 280 yards. He also added two rushing touchdowns on the ground.
Senior Eric Day caught seven passes for 99 yards, which moved him into fifth place on the state’s all-time list with 166 career receptions, and he also moved into ninth place all-time in receiving yards with 2,640 yards. Junior running back TK Hill finished with 94 yards on 19 carries and three touchdowns.
Boone was led by Mouin Tannous who finished with 66 yards on 16 carries. Jacob Arnold caught three passes for 98 yards.
The season ended the year for Daniel Boone, but Crockett was invited to participate in the Care-acter Star Bowl Game at Grace Christian on Saturday, where they will play McMinn County (4-6) at 11 a.m.