By COLLIN BROOKS
The Pioneers spent their offseason a little bit different last week as they prepared not only for their next contest, but also their next stage of life. David Crockett coach Jeremy Bosken threw a new wrinkle into the off week by having some of his players create resumes and participate in mock interviews.
Bosken mentioned that a lot of his seniors haven’t really had many job interviews and with possibly only six to eight games left in their high school careers, they need to start preparing for life after football.
“After that they are going to be competing to get a scholarship or get into college or get a job,” Bosken said. “So what we have seen over time is that our kids need some experience doing that.”
10 different professionals from the community took time to interview the players and provide them with feedback. Each of the players that were involved made a resume and went through at least two mock job interviews.
“Just like in sports, you need reps to get better, so it is the same thing with a job, but not too many people are able to get those,” Bosken said. “So maybe that will give them the confidence and feedback that you need.”
He took the idea from Ohio State Urban Meyer who does it throughout the offseason, so Bosken thought it was a good idea to implement during his team’s off week.
But the Pioneers didn’t spend the week only focusing on themselves, they also had to look ahead to their battle with Cherokee (3-1).
The lone loss for the Chiefs came during a week two matchup against Daniel Boone 21-18, and last week Cherokee was able to grab a 55-44 win over Sullivan South. Cherokee has scored over 50 points in all three of their win, and last week they put up 551 cumulative yards in the contest.
Freshman quarterback Collin Trent threw for 262 yards and also delivered 111 yards on the ground.
“Coach (Baugh) has really done a good job of getting them prepared and switching the team up,” Bosken said. “We played them earlier in the year during 7-on-7 at Tusculum and they beat the dog out of us.”
David Crockett will try to counter that with a freshman of their own, as Cade Larkins will have his first solid week of preparation under his belt after taking the starting role during the second contest of the season.
The Pioneers will also look to T.K. Hill, who recorded over 140 yards rushing last week in a loss against Union. The Chiefs will counter will a skilled senior running back of their own with Jeremiah Bragg. The senior power back rumbled for 176 yards on 15 carries last week while finding the end zone twice.
“He is a great athlete,” Bosken said. “He is explosive and he will play on Saturdays next year, somewhere.”
Last year, the Pioneers didn’t have to deal with Bragg or his younger brother Isaiah when they took a 40-21 win. Last season, the Pioneers were 1-3, while the Chiefs were 4-0.
Bosken said that in order for his team to be successful they will have to take the contest one play at a time and make sure make tackles in space.
David Crockett will be honoring first responders before the contest.