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Duo leads Crockett into a win

Pioneers quarterback Ryan Burger was quick to point out the dry conditions after his team scored a 40-29 win over Morristown East (1-7, 1-4) last Friday night. Those Oct. 16 conditions must have been close to perfect for Burger and his favorite target Eric Day, as the duo gave David Crockett Pioneers (4-4, 2-2) an impressive amount of offense during the win.
“The past three games we have gotten rained on, so we have been forced to the ground game,” Burger said. “We saw that East was going to give us a match-up that we liked outside, and Eric and I saw something that we liked, so we took what they gave us and ran with it.”
Burger finished the night with 353 yards on 22 of 31 passing and accounting for six touchdowns and two interceptions.
Day hauled in five of those touchdowns, while grabbing 11 catches for 240 yards. The catches brought Day into seventh all-time-in-the-state record book for receptions. But he was just thrilled that the offense was finally able to air the ball out.
“We haven’t been able to throw the ball much lately and it’s been aggravating, but the coaches told us they were going to set us loose and it worked,” said Day, who hauled in touchdown catches of 22, 22, 60, 29 and 50 yards.
The duo was the catalyst for the Pioneers win, but Crockett’s coach Jeremy Bosken said there were also some unsung heroes of the night. Bosken pointed out the play of tight end Hunter Davis, who he said had some crucial catches on third-and-long and fourth-and-long. Bosken cited his offensive line, as well, who didn’t give up a sack on the night.
Bosken was also quick to return the attention to his senior duo of Burger and Day, however.
“We give them a lot of freedom at the line of scrimmage and you can see the result of it,” Bosken said. “They understand each other and they do a great job of game planning each week with us; they are in the film room as much as we are.”
The game was closer than the final score portrays as the two teams went into the locker room knotted at 14. It was as close as 32-29 in the final minutes of the third quarter after Morristown East running back Bryan Stephens found the end zone in the final minutes of the third quarter.
Bosken also credited his defense with helping his team grab the Mountain East Conference victory, although it didn’t hurt that the Pioneers didn’t punt the ball during the entire second half.
Next Up:
Tennessee High at David Crockett 7:30 p.m., Oct. 23
The Pioneers will be challenged with stopping a pounding running offense for their seniors’ final contest on their home field on Friday night when they welcome Tennessee High (5-3, 3-1).
For Tennessee High’s Vikings, things weigh heavily on the legs of senior running back Sir Shuff, who has rushed the ball 135 times this season gaining 995 yards. Shuff has missed a few games this season, including the team’s loss to Elizabethton.
“We can attempt to stop him, that is the game plan, to attempt to stop him,” Bosken said. “He isn’t a guy that you can completely stop, so if we can limit him, as much as possible then that would be obviously good for us.”
The Vikings are a physical team that are coming off a tough 35-14 loss to Sevier County, their first conference loss of the season.
At quarterback, the Vikings are led by Ty Myers, whose favorite target is Jaden Rosenboro.