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Early struggles again set pace in Crockett loss

After starting the season 2-0, Crockett players now finds themselves in the midst of a three-game slide, dropping their most recent contest on Friday to Dobyns-Bennett (5-0, 2-0) in Kingsport, 42-0.
Although the Pioneers have undoubtedly played their toughest three-game stretch of the season during the current skid, all three contests have also shared a central theme, first-quarter struggles.
Against Science Hill on Sept. 5 the Pioneers found themselves down 21-0 by the eight-minute mark in the first quarter. A week later it was Elizabethton taking advantage of Pioneer turnovers to jump out to a 21-0 first quarter lead.
On Friday night, Dobyns-Bennett controlled a 14-0 lead just over four minutes into the game.
The Indians built their early advantage with a touchdown on the game’s opening possession when quarterback Skylar East found Makale Foreman on a 10-yard pass to cap off a seven-play, 65-yard drive.
Crockett would give the ball back to DB just moments later on an interception that would set the Indian offense up at the Pioneer 10 yard line.
Despite a strong defensive effort in which the Pioneers would hold the Indians to a fourth down, Rashad Hunter pushed his way into the end zone from a yard out to add to their advantage, 14-0 following the extra point.
Finding themselves in another hole for the third straight week, the Pioneer defense would hold DB off the board until just two minutes remaining in the first half.
The Crockett offense couldn’t take advantage of the defensive stops, struggling throughout the game to establish momentum on the ground.
For the contest, the Pioneers only rushed for 30 yards on 26 attempts. T.K. Hill, who entered the contest with a couple of 200-yard rushing performances this season, could never get going. He finished with 11 yards on eight carries.
Dobyns-Bennett’s late second-quarter touchdown would be East and Foreman’s second connection of the game; this one would come on just the Indians third play of the drive and go for 36 yards.
In the second half, the Pioneer defense would again pose problems for DB, but again it would be East and Foreman to break the scoring drought, connecting on a 16-yard touchdown with just two minutes left in the third quarter.
The Indians would finish strong in the fourth adding two more scores for the 42-0 win. The first score coming from East on his fourth touchdown pass of the game.
Dobyns-Bennett outgained the Pioneers on offense 370 yards to 153.
Crockett quarterback Ryan Burger completed 13 of 24 passes, but the majority of his completions went to backs and he finished with only 114 yards.
The Pioneers are now 2-3 on the year and they will try to snap their three-game skid when they play at Chuckey-Doak on Sept. 26.