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Struggles abundant in openers for Crockett and Boone

For the Pioneers of David Crockett and the Trailblazers of Daniel Boone, the 2011 football season couldn’t have started much worse.
Crockett opened their schedule at home against Sullivan East, who finished 0-10 a year ago, on the ugly side of a 46-13 blowout, while the Trailblazers didn’t fare much better at Elizabethton in a 31-3 rout.
Sullivan East ushers in new regime at expense of Crockett –
The Sullivan East Patriots made short memory of last season’s 0-10 record as the Mike Locke era was ushered in for the football program in their opener against David Crockett.
With a new coach and a senior backfield consisting of quarterback Daniel Truett and running back Austin Glover, the Patriots went to the ground early and often in Jonesborough Friday night, exploiting a defense with a lack of experience and few returning starters.
East began the scoring frenzy on their first offensive possession of the game, using the ground combo of Glover and Truett to push the ball down the field with relative ease, capping the drive off on a quarterback keeper around the right end for the first points of the game.
The next Pioneer possession went in reverse as Crockett was flagged for movement followed up by first year quarterback Devaun Miller getting thrown down and sacked inside the five. With little room to work, East was able to block the Pioneers’ punt out of the end zone for a safety.
Leading 9-0, the Patriots used the shortened field to their advantage, getting three more points on the board with a field goal. After another three-and-out for the Crockett offense, Sullivan East was back to it. A handoff to Glover resulted in a breakaway run for 85 yards on the second play of the possession before being thrown down inside the Pioneer five on a touchdown saving tackle by Issak McGee.
Following a Crockett encroachment penalty, Truett added to the lead on another keeper that went for six.
Trailing 19-0, Crockett’s nightmare continued with a fumble on their next offensive possession which was recovered by East inside Pioneer territory. After a pass interference call went against the Pioneers on the opening play of the drive, Glover scampered into the end zone almost untouched to extend the big Patriot lead.
The Pioneers did match the touchdown a possession later with a 37-yard touchdown run by fullback Dylan Culbertson. But the East offense scored two more times before the half, the first on a 70-yard touchdown run by Glover and the second coming through the air on a Truett pass caught by Chance Davis. East led 39-6 at the half.
The Crockett defense tightened down in the second half, only allowing one more score in the fourth quarter, but the Pioneer offense couldn’t make up the ground. Miller scored the Pioneers’ only touchdown of the second half on a one-yard sneak. Hunter Tipton converted on the extra point attempt to give the game a 46-13 final.
Crockett finished with 207 yards of total offense, made up entirely on the ground. Sullivan East finished just shy of 500 yards of offense, with 441 of those through carries. East averaged over 11 yards per carry on the game. Crockett’s Miller only completed one pass in his debut, but was one of Crockett’s leading rushers. The senior finished 1-of-5 through the air.
The Pioneers’ schedule is open next week; they will return to action on Sept. 2 at Tennessee High.
Overmatched Blazers fall to Elizabethton –
Boone head coach Jeremy Jenkins doesn’t necessarily see 2011 as a rebuilding year for the Blazers of Daniel Boone, but after gaining only 10 yards in the first half against a stingy Elizabethton defense, he has to wonder just how much Boone lost last year.
Elizabethton put Boone in a hole after the first possession of the game, stringing together an 80-yard drive, capped off by an 8-yard Terrence Turner touchdown run.
With the Boone offense spinning in place, Elizabethton scored two more times in the first half.
The first touchdown came on a McKenly Berry pass to Wes Montgomery giving the Cyclones a 14-0 lead. Female place kicker Christine Hardin booted a 30 yard field goal with just seconds remaining in the half to send the teams to the locker room with the game at 17-0.
Opening the second half, the Blazers strung together a drive, converting their only five first downs of the game. However they had to settle for a 24-yard Zach McCracken field goal after the offense stalled.
Cliff Sanders led the drive, finishing with 35 yards on the ground. The Cyclones added two more touchdowns in the second half and the Boone offense failed to move the ball after their opening drive, falling with a final score of 31-3.
Boone will look to avoid starting 0-2 when they return to action on Aug. 26 at Cherokee.