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Heavy hearted Pioneers come away with inspirational win

On Sept. 21, the David Crockett Pioneers got their second win of the season, scoring 30 points in the final quarter for a 52-25 homecoming victory over South Greene.
It was the 24 hours that preceded the homecoming contest, however, that established the evening as one of the most emotional the school has ever seen.
On the afternoon of Sept. 20, a bus carrying 46 Crockett students home from school flipped, injuring the driver along with 26 students.
Prior to the contest’s kickoff, a moment of silence was held for those still hospitalized following the events of the crash.
With heavy hearts, the 60-plus members of the Pioneer football team took the field.
Those in attendance were uncertain how the team would function given the circumstances of the previous day.
Athletics, as trivial and unimportant as they may seem following an event like the crash, often have a healing factor, an emotional release or, at the very least, an opportunity for normalcy amid chaos.
On this evening, for 48 minutes, a school and a community came together to share in their heartache and disbelief.
It was definitely not your average Friday night under the lights. No, this one was much different.
South Greene struck first to open the contest, scoring on a run from a yard out to take a 6-0 lead.
But the Pioneers showed early on that they were going to use the emotions of the evening to their benefit, harness it and allow it to motivate them.
Caleb Arrowood was the first to cross the goal line for the Pioneers, scoring from 5 yards out.
Crockett followed up the touchdown with two more unanswered, capping off the first quarter with a 31-yard Jordan Turner touchdown pass to Devin Walker.
The Pioneers continued their scoring with the only points of the second quarter, a 70-yard Turner touchdown run to put Crockett in front 22-6 at the halfway point.
South Greene would respond in the third quarter, scoring twice to pull within three, 22-19, and sending the game into the final 12 minutes tightly contested.
Crockett’s Chevy Miller scored on a 4-yard touchdown run. South Greene came right back on a 35-yard touchdown reception to keep within a possession.
This night, however, would belong to the Pioneers.
The Pioneers refused to relinquish control, following South Greene’s score with three touchdowns unanswered.
Miller added his second and third touchdowns of the quarter, with 2- and 4-yard touchdown runs before the Pioneers’ Shawn Parker delivered the final knockout, scampering into the endzone from 8 yards out to give Crockett the 52-25 victory.
The Pioneers gashed South Greene’s defense for 445 yards of total offense, with more than 300 yards coming on the ground.
Turner led the ground attack with 172 yards rushing, and Miller led the touchdown count for the Pioneers with three.
In the homecoming festivities, Crockett’s Gail Hooks was crowned queen.
The Pioneers (2-3) will follow their emotional win by hosting a conference contest against Volunteer on Friday, Sept. 28.
Daniel Boone High School, which had this past week off, will celebrate its homecoming Sept. 28, facing off against Tennessee High.