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Pioneers lose 43-0 to Tennessee High

For all the optimism Crockett’s season-opening win brought to Jonesborough regarding the state of the football program, it evaporated just as quickly in the Pioneers’ home opener on Friday night against Tennessee High (2-1, 1-0).
During the span of the 48-minute contest, the Pioneer defense was exploited and the run centered wing-T offense was shut down as Crockett (1-1, 1-1) was blown out in front of their home crowd 43-0.
Despite holding the Vikings scoreless on their first possession, the contest began moving south afterward for the Pioneers.
The trouble began on Tennessee’s second possession when running back Chris Brooks punched into the end zone for the game’s opening touchdown.
On the next possession, a Crockett fumble at their own 20-yard line was picked up and returned for another Viking touchdown. A missed extra point ended the first quarter with the Pioneers behind 13-0.
With Crockett struggling to move the ball, Tennessee High continued to pile on the points with little resistance in the second quarter, utilizing their no huddle offense to perfection.
Viking quarterback Peyton Henley struck with a pass from 20 yards out to push the lead to 20-0 following the extra point.
A sack resulting in a safety against the Pioneers soon followed, and the Vikings struck once through the air and once on the ground for two more touchdowns, sending the game to half with the visitors commanding a 36-0 advantage.
The Tennessee defense was just as effective as the offense, shutting down the Pioneers through the first two quarters.
The Crockett offense managed to finish the first half with negative yardage of total offense.
Much like last season where Crockett only won one game, the Pioneers refused to give up in the second half, holding the Vikings to only once touchdown.
But Crockett could never get the ground game going. The Pioneers finished with just 15 yards on the ground for the entire game.
Freshman quarterback Ryan Burger was one of the only high points for the Pioneers, showing ability as a passer in the second half. He finished the contest 4-of-7 passing for 60 yards.
The Crockett offense only advanced near the red zone once in the contest’s entirety, and the drive eventually ended with a turnover on downs.
The only touchdown of the second half came on a Tennessee High run in the third quarter.
The Vikings gained nearly 400 yards of total offense, despite reserves playing much of the second half.
Crockett did win the turnover battle, losing two fumbles while the Vikings turned the ball over three times. Crockett finished with just 75 yards of total offense.