EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is an article from Avery Davis, a student contributor from David Crockett High School. To submit your student photos or articles, email us at [email protected]
By AVERY DAVIS
While many game day traditions were postponed, nothing was able to mask the Pioneer Pride during the school week and at the game.
Students and faculty participated in dress out days all week ranging from patriotic attire to brown and gold.
While dress out days are not normally on the agenda during Musket Bowl week, it was comforting to show the creative ways fellow students participated in showing their support for the Pioneer football team and overall boost the morale of classmates during a time period where the morale has been relatively low.
“I think it connects them with the game and gives them a sense of normality,” Assistant Principal and former coach Kent Green said. “It helps them feel like they are back in high school in a normal way because in the fall, high school is all about football, band, and cheerleading. I definitely think this spirit week has definitely helped them connect with those normal aspects of Fall.”
The Musket Bowl itself has always meant something different to each group of students. The common goal still stands though, which is to beat Daniel Boone High School.
To students, it really symbolizes one of the biggest opportunities to support their friends, and to rally against a rival school that has always bullied them in the competition. The trash talk is always a fun activity outside of school, thanks to social media pages such as Barstool Boone on Instagram.
The football players always have plenty of activities to participate in on a normal year such as the pep rally and Powder Puff game where roles are reversed and the players coach while the girls play football and other boys cheerlead. This year was an exception to those traditions, but the tradition of players saying the pledge along with the David Crockett theme song being played over the intercom lived on.
The players’ favorite tradition, however, is something not heard by most students and has remained a tradition through generations of Pioneers.
“Hearing Daniel Boone’s theme song during practice the whole week makes you mad but gets you motivated too,” Mason Britton said about one of his favorite traditions.
“You kinda hear it in your sleep. I think the cool part is that it’s the only rivalry game that I know of where you play the opposing team’s fight song all week during practice.”
“I think that speaks for itself on how cool it is and how unique the rivalry is,” former Daniel Boone player and current David Crockett head coach Hayden Chandley said. “Coach Jenkins still plays the Crockett fight song to this day. We hope our players hear it going to bed at night.”
Former players shared their favorite traditions of the rivalry and some demonstrated the difference between the modern rivalry and the current one. Others were more personal traditions on game day.
“I always woke up early in the morning and my mom would cook me breakfast,” former Pioneer quarterback and Most Valuable Player of the 2015 Musket Bowl Ryan Burger said. “She would also bake me cookies, my favorite cookies, for after the game. She did it for every game, but it was really important to me on Musket Bowl day. We looked at the game itself as another game on the schedule.
“I dressed up for spirit week as a student, but we never had the Powder Puff game. We had a dance competition. It was more student body and cheerleaders.”
Overall, the Musket Bowl provides many opportunities for fans, alumni and the community to get involved in rooting for their team and the game has always been like the Super Bowl for Washington County in a way.
Many people have their own way of celebrating and the players, both former and current, have their game-day traditions.
In the end though, it all goes down on the field with some help from loud crowds and Friday night lights.