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Pioneers play spoiler in rout of Chuckey-Doak

After losing big to Dobyns-Bennett on homecoming night in Kingsport a week ago, the David Crockett Pioneers again took part in the homecoming festivities, however, this time as spoiler.
The Pioneers traveled to Chuckey-Doak on Sept. 26 and unfortunately for the hosting Black Knights (4-2), they brought with them one of the area’s top quarterbacks in Ryan Burger.
The junior signal-caller torched the Chuckey-Doak defense for 293 yards passing with two touchdowns through the air and added another on the ground to help lead the Pioneers to a 48-21 romp.
Crockett opened the contest scoring just after the 10-minute mark in the opening quarter on Burger’s first touchdown toss of the game, a 27-yard pass to James Midkiff.
Crockett would miss the extra point but responded on the defensive side of the ball, forcing a Black Knight punt on their opening possession.
The Pioneers stumbled on the possession, fumbling a handoff and giving the ball back to Chuckey-Doak inside of Pioneer territory.
The Knights took advantage, eventually punching into the end zone on a 4-yard Dillon Brown run, giving the hosts their first lead of the contest with just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter.
The lead wouldn’t last for Chuckey-Doak as the Crockett offense responded with a game-changing drive, where they converted two fourth downs before Burger scored from the goal line on a keeper.
This time, the Pioneers wouldn’t give the lead back.
In the second quarter, Burger added his second touchdown pass of the contest, hitting Eric Day on a 37-yard strike to put the Pioneers up 20-7 at the half.
But the Knights kept the contest close on the opening possession of the second half, using just three plays to score on a 38-yard touchdown run to cut the Pioneer lead in half.
Crockett reclaimed the momentum after the Chuckey-Doak score, first on a fake field goal conversion before running back T.K. Hill plunged into the end zone from 5 yards out.
They would elect to go for two, converting to take a 28-14 lead.
The score would stand as the third quarter wound to a close.
In the fourth, the Pioneers would rout the home team first with a Michael Moffitt interception that Hill would go on to convert to points on a 16-yard touchdown run.
The ensuing kickoff would get away from the Knights, giving the ball back to the Pioneers. The Crockett offense responded with more points, converting a fourth-down, half-back pass from Midkiff to Day to put the Pioneers in complete control, 41-14.
The Chuckey-Doak offense would score once more and threaten another touchdown late in the quarter, but Crockett’s Jonathan Collins stripped a Knight ball-carrier and raced 92 yards for the contest’s final touchdown.
The Pioneers piled up nearly 400 yards of offense, but despite the one-sided score struggled throughout the game to stop the Knights’ rushing attack as they amassed over 300 yards on the ground.
The win broke a three game losing streak for the Pioneers and improved their record to 3-3 on the season.
Crockett will return to conference play next week when they will host Sullivan Central for their own homecoming contest.