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Pioneers fall short in Bristol

David Crockett traveled to the Stone Castle in Bristol on Friday night, Oct. 24, with the hope of spoiling Tennessee High’s senior night and more importantly improving their playoff positioning.
Although the Pioneers proved to be a tough matchup for the favored Vikings, their upset bid fell short as a big second quarter helped the hosts escape with a 27-14 win.
In a relatively clean contest with only one turnover shared between the two teams, the scoreboard remained blank throughout the game’s first quarter.
But on the Vikings’ first possession of the second quarter, Tennessee High needed just two plays to get on the board when quarterback Christian Gibson found Kauhlil King on a 71-yard catch and run to put the Vikings ahead 7-0 following the extra point.
The Pioneers would even the score on the ensuing possession after putting together a nine-play, 60-yard drive.
T.K. Hill capped it off plunging into the end zone from 2 yards out to knot the contest at 7-7 after Flavio Sanguinetti’s extra point.
Before the Pioneers could get to halftime, Tennessee High seized the momentum, scoring first on a 7-yard run with under three minutes remaining before the half.
Then would come Crockett’s turnover late in the second quarter, and the Vikings took advantage.
Just over a minute after their score to break the tie, Tennessee High would get in again, this time on Gibson’s second touchdown pass of the game, a 23-yard scoring toss to Jacob Jasper with under two minutes left in the quarter.
Tennessee High would slip into the half with a 21-7 advantage.
Defense would set the pace in the second half as neither team was able to get on the board throughout the third and better part of the fourth quarters.
Finally, with just over two minutes remaining in the contest and after nearly a 22-minute scoring drought for the two teams, Gibson would tally his third touchdown of the contest, this time on a 3-yard keeper, extending the Viking lead 27-7 after the Pioneers blocked the extra point.
Crockett’s first and only score of the second half came with under 20 seconds left to play when Hill pushed into the end zone from a yard out. It would obviously be too little too late for the Pioneers as they fell to 5-4 overall on the season and 2-3 in the conference.
The win improved Tennessee High’s record to 6-3, 3-2 on the season and puts them in a position to return to the Stone Castle for the first round of the playoffs.
The Pioneers totaled 245 yards of offense against Tennessee High’s 272.
The Pioneers carried the ball 42 times for 95 yards and completed 16 passes for 150 yards.
Crockett’s impact player on offense was D.J. Britton who hauled in 10 of quarterback Ryan Burger’s 16 pass completions for 106 yards.
Next up for the Pioneers will be Daniel Boone in the Musket Bowl in Jonesborough on Thursday, Oct. 30.