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Pioneers fall short of win against Cockes at homecoming game

In past seasons Cocke County has been the perfect homecoming opponent for David Crockett. The Pioneers have annually relied on the Fighting Cockes as an easy win to cap off the homecoming festivities in Jonesborough. But the 2011 Crockett football season seems to be going from bad to worse following a 67-35 shellacking on Sept. 9 against Cocke County. The loss dropped the Pioneers to 0-3 on the season.
Despite losing by 32 points, the Crockett offense and special teams were the most explosive they have been all season, relying on senior quarterback Devaun Miller and senior receiver Seth Wright who guided the Pioneer passing game to over 200 yards for the night.
The contest began with promise for the Pioneers after exploding out of the gates with a 60-yard Anthony Campbell kick return. But the offense couldn’t convert on the opening possession when a Miller pass was picked off in the endzone. The ensuing Cocke County drive went 80 yards for the game’s first touchdown.
Moments later, however, the Pioneers responded with Campbell again breaking away from Cocke County defenders to return the kickoff 90 yards for six.
After stopping the Cocke County offense a possession later, the Pioneers took to the air, as Miller found Wright for a 60-yard completion, setting up a Dylan Culbertson touchdown run to give the Pioneers a 14-7 advantage. The momentum was short lived however as Krys Cates took the Pioneer kickoff 85 yards for the touchdown.
The scoring frenzy continued on the next Pioneer possession with a 38-yard fourth down touchdown pass from Miller to Wright giving Crockett a 21-13 lead to wrap up the first quarter.
The second stanza brought with it even more scoring, as Cocke County used a short field to run off four plays before finding paydirt on a 19-yard touchdown run to cut the Crockett lead to 21-19 following a failed conversion. The ensuing kickoff once again was another game changer, this time on a Cocke County onside kick recovery.
On the next play, running back D.J. Haney broke away from the Crockett defense, scampering 40 yards for the touchdown giving the Fighting Cockes a 27-21 lead.
Crockett wouldn’t trail long. Following an unproductive offensive possession, Culbertson intercepted a Cocke County pass setting up Campbell’s second touchdown of the game on a 20-yard run, putting the Pioneers up a point 28-27.
The Fighting Cockes responded by putting the ball in the hands of Haney, who scored two of his four touchdowns just before halftime to send Cocke County into intermission with a 41-28 lead.
After a Crockett defensive stop to open the second half, Cocke County pushed the lead even further, first by intercepting a Miller pass and returning it for a score and then picking up a fumble bringing it deep into Crockett territory.
It only took the Fighting Cockes one play for another touchdown on a 7-yard run to break open the game at 55-28. Crockett would only score once in the second half with another Miller—Wright touchdown connection.
With Cocke County shuffling players in and out of the game, the worn down Crockett offense and defense couldn’t stage a comeback, eventually falling 67-35.
Miller led Crockett on offense with 230 yards passing and three touchdowns. But his two interceptions proved costly for the Pioneers with the defense and special teams unable to stop the Cocke County offense.
Wright finished with 203 yards receiving on just four catches. All three of Miller’s touchdown passes went to Wright.
Crockett will continue searching for their first win on Sept. 16 in Jonesborough against conference foe Science Hill.