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Pioneers prepare for Howard Hustlin’ Tigers

David Crockett’s Zeb Holland pushes off a defender during the Pioneers contest at Mountain Heritage last Friday.
David Crockett’s Zeb Holland pushes off a defender during the Pioneers contest at Mountain Heritage last Friday.

BY COLLIN BROOKS

Staff Writer

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After their showers last Friday night, David Crockett coach Jeremy Bosken is hoping that his team washed away the memory of their loss to Mountain Heritage. He is also hopeful that his team has washed away the memory of their 49-0 victory over Howard from last season.

This isn’t the same team from last year.

“Last year doesn’t matter at all, last week doesn’t matter at all,’ Bosken said. “We are going to see offensively a lot of what we saw last week, so we have to get better quick.

“They have a different coach (John Starr) and they seem a lot more disciplined on defense right now,” Bosken continued. “They lost their last game (17-0 vs. Donelson Christian Academy), their offense struggled, but you can tell that they are kind of getting the hang of what they are doing.”

The Hustlin’ Tigers have speed at the quarterback spot with QB Vincent Bowling and lining up beside him will be Antwain Monfort. Those are just two of the speedsters that Howard has.

“If we were lining up to run a track meet, we wouldn’t stand a chacne,” Bosken said. “But we are hoping that we can hang with them in football.”

They also bolster size up front with two 300-pound lineman to clog the middle.

That might make it hard for Pioneers running back T.K. Hill to get going, but the senior will still be called upon early and often to carry the ball when Crockett needs him most.

“We have to get him going early,” Bosken said. “But when they can put nine in the box, that doesn’t help too much.”

That means that the other offensive players will need to open up the field, mainly seniors Cole Ricker, Justin Wafe and Darian DeLapp.