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David Crockett Pioneers look to overcome rough start to season

By AVERY DAVIS

Student Contributor

Prince Kollie was a standout in the David Crockett Pioneer’s second game of the season. Despite his running efforts, the Pioneers fell short on Friday night to the Science Hill Hilltoppers 35-14  just after gaining their first ever win against them last year.

Kollie went out for the second week in a row as a versatile athlete playing positions such as linebacker and quarterback. Kollie recorded 14 carries for 74 yards and completed 7 of 11 pass attempts for 69 yards that night at the quarterback position. This was a significant decrease in his workload compared to the Ooltewah loss last week which was 14-12. 

“If it was a 4th and short situation or on the goal line, we felt like we could sub him in for a play or two. For the most part we tried to stay every other series and that’s what we’re going to have to do going forward.,” Head Coach Hayden Chandley said. “We can’t run him in the ground and it’s a long season that we are only two games into.”

Brenden Reid went on to record 21 carries for 95 yards and went 2 for 2 on passing for 21 yards at the quarterback position. Mason Britton was also on the field playing quarterback and completed 3 passes of 5 for 9 yards. 

“Mason’s a competitor, it’s not that he lacks skill,” Chandley said. “He’s just not at 100% yet from his labrum surgery in mid March. He gives us everything he can and is a good leader for us. He was voted a captain for a reason. We’re going to continue to play Mason and he’ll continue to get better.”

However, the carousel of quarterbacks will continue for the Pioneers.

“We aren’t blessed with a lot of players,” Chandley said. “We are definitely going to be a mix at the quarterback position for the near future.”

The wide receiving corps didn’t see nearly as much action as Aidan Clark and John Rucker went on to record a combined 7 receptions for 63 yards. 

“As far as the receiving corps as a whole, we are pretty youthful. We don’t have a lot of experienced players out there except John Rucker who has started a game at the position and Brayden Reid who has played some.”

It was obvious that despite a losing game, the defense continued to stand out slightly with multiple offensive players playing both sides. Prince Kollie led the defense with 4 solo tackles and Aidan Clark led in assists with 5. John Rucker recorded 1 interception on the night while Brenden Reid had 2 solo tackles and 2 assists. 

Now the Pioneers look to take on conference rivals in the coming weeks.

“We’re licking our wounds a little bit from these first two weeks, but conference play starts next week and so we’re going to have to be ready to roll.”

The David Crockett Pioneers (0-2) host the Volunteer Eagles (0-1) in their home opener Friday the 4th at 7:30 p.m.