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Tennessee High tramples first win hopes for Pioneers

In recent years the David Crockett Pioneers have gashed opposing defenses on the ground, using the Wing-T offensive set to pile up yards week after week.
After back-to-back years of possessing 1,000-yard rushers with Chopper Sumo in 2009 and Vic Shepherd in 2010, the 2011 version of David Crockett is still in search of an identity following a 60-13 shellacking Friday night in the confines of the Stone Castle at Tennessee High.
The Vikings held the Pioneers (0-2, 0-1) to just 23 yards on the ground for the evening, controlling both the offensive and defensive front for the entirety of the contest.
Crockett’s lack of success on the ground as well as five fumbles forced the usually run heavy Pioneers to go to the air.
Tennessee High received the game’s first points in the first quarter when a fourth down Pioneer snap sailed over the head of the punter into the back of the end zone for a safety.
Crockett eventually seized momentum back a possession later when quarterback Devaun Miller connected with receiver Seth Wright for a 12-yard touchdown.
The extra point was blocked, but Crockett retained a 6-2 lead.
After responding to the Pioneers with a touchdown on a 1-yard run late in the first, Crockett trailed Tennessee High 9-6 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter brought with it scoring in bunches for the Vikings as they amassed 23 points behind a plethora of scoring options.
The first came on a 50-yard touchdown pass, the second on a 70-yard punt return and the third on 12-yard touchdown pass.
The most exciting moment of the night came via a 60-yard Tennessee High field goal by kicker Alex Sigmon as time expired in the second quarter.
After intermission, the third went much the same for the Pioneers, as Tennessee High began the quarter with another touchdown pass, followed by a Crockett fumble recovery in the end zone to crush any chance the Pioneers had at a comeback.
Crockett did get on the board one more time on an 84-yard touchdown pass from Miller to Wright, their second TD connection of the evening.
With the game out of hand, Tennessee High grinded the ball and the remaining time on the clock to an end, finishing the Pioneers off with a 60-13 final.
Miller finished with 141 yards and two touchdowns on just three completions for the game.
Catching all three of those passes was Wright with a 141 yards receiving and both Crockett touchdowns.
The Pioneers finished with just 164 yards of total offense.
The Pioneers will try again for their first win of the season on Sept. 9 in Jonesborough against Cocke County.