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Turnovers doom Crockett in D-B game

With fewer athletes and less experience, David Crockett High School would have needed to be nearly perfect to upset conference heavyweight Dobyns-Bennett High School (3-2, 2-0) on Sept. 20 in Jonesborough.
Instead, the Pioneers only added to D-B’s cause in a lopsided 61-7 defeat by turning over the ball five times.
With D-B’s primary quarterback and running back sidelined because of injury, the Crockett defense was at an advantage and the unit responded with a stop in the contest’s opening possession.
On their first offensive possession, the Pioneers’ early defensive statement was nullified as an Indian defender stepped in front of a Pioneer pass, picking it off and returning it 15 yards for the game’s first touchdown.
D-B tacked on three more scores in the first quarter to set the blowout in motion.
Less than a minute into the second quarter, the Pioneers gave D-B another defensive score, this time on a 26-yard interception return for a touchdown.
The Indians added four more touchdowns in the second half to push their lead to 61-0.
Despite the flurry of points, Crockett’s defense was not entirely responsible.
The Indians worked with a short field in the majority of their scoring drives, due to Pioneer turnovers, botched punts and failed fourth-down conversions.
The Indians’ longest scoring drive of the half was just 45 yards, and four of their touchdowns came on drives of 25 yards or less with two additional scores coming from their defense.
With D-B using mostly reserves in the second half, the Pioneers held them scoreless over the final two quarters.
Crockett avoided being shutout with a 5-yard Ryan Burger touchdown run late in the third.
“It was a tough game offensively,” Crockett Head Coach Jeremy Bosken said. “D-B came in with a great game plan and took advantage of us giving them five turnovers. We have to take care of the ball better.”
Overall, Bosken was pleased with the improvement shown by the defense, as the Indians finished with less than 250 yards of total offense.
“Our defense improved considering the positions the offense put them in,” Bosken said.
The loss wraps up the Pioneers toughest stretch of the season, one where Crockett went up against Elizabethton, Science Hill and Dobyns-Bennett over three consecutive weeks.
Despite going 0-3 in the games, the Pioneers emerge from the season’s first half with a record of 2-3 and playoff hopes are still alive in Jonesborough.
“The first half of the season is over,” Bosken said. “We are now 0-0 with five games left to decide our playoff fate.”
The Pioneers will begin working toward a playoff berth with their homecoming game on Friday, Sept. 27, against Chuckey-Doak.