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New tradition begins in Washington County

A new Washington County tradition was born Nov. 1 in the first-ever Mini Musket Bowl between eighth grade football players from the middle schools feeding into David Crockett and Daniel Boone high schools.
The contest, which was played at Crockett, was preceded this year by the huge annual rivalry between the Pioneers and Trailblazers.
Crockett’s South defeated Boone’s North 24-6 in the introductory game of the new tradition.
The North side was made up of eighth graders from Sulphur Springs, Fall Branch, Ridgeview, Gray and Boones Creek. The South side was represented by eighth graders from Jonesborough Middle, Lamar, West View, South Central and Grandview. Coaches selected to lead the teams were Bryan Dance of Ridgeview and Tim Brockwell of West View.
“The teams are assembled a month prior to the game, with a week to practice leading up to it,” said Josh Kite, Crockett athletic director.
The contest will be played annually following the end of the middle school football season.
In the inaugural game, the South appeared as a team that had been playing together all season, racing out to a 16-0 lead on a short first quarter touchdown run and interception return for a TD.
The teams settled in on defense in the second half, but South was able to match the scoring output of the North to maintain its lead.
“This game is going to add to the excellent tradition that has already been established,” Kite said. “When the football season is over for these kids, it will give them one more game to preview who they will be playing with next year.”
Kite believes the game and the weeks leading up to it will really have a positive effect at the high school level, too.
“One thing I have noticed is that when kids get up here, it can take time for them to come together,” Kite said. “This new tradition allows them to play with the same guys they’ll be playing with next year.”
Kite along with Boone Athletic Director Danny Good, organized the event. The game will take place at the opposite high school of the Musket Bowl each year.
“This game builds character and unity for the kids. It’s really an event everyone can get excited about and the atmosphere was tremendous,” Kite said. “I think this is an event we’ll be doing for a long time.”