A week after Science Hill, Daniel Boone and David Crockett all emerged from the first round of the TSSAA football playoffs victorious, the Pioneers are the last team standing after Round 2. Crockett blanked Tennessee High 32-0 on a rainy night in Jonesborough to advance to the state quarterfinals. The Pioneers will face Knox Central on Friday night after Central rolled to a 49-7 win over Boone to thwart a potential Musket Bowl rematch.
Science Hill, meanwhile, saw its season end in a familiar locale – Maryville. The Rebels, perennial state title contenders, cruised to a 42-7 win over the Hilltoppers, who overcame a slow start to the season to qualify for the playoffs and earn a first-round victory.Crockett (12-0) barely survived Tennessee High during the regular season, escaping the Stone Castle in Bristol with a 24-21 win in overtime. But on Friday, the Pioneers thrived thanks to an efficient offensive attack that produced over 400 yards without a turnover despite the slick conditions in Jonesborough.
Crockett quarterback Cade Larkins threw for nearly 300 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Crockett defense also rose to the occasion by shutting out the Vikings.
This Friday the Pioneers will hit the road to face a Central team that had its way with Daniel Boone last week. Charlie Cole’s touchdown run staked the Trailblazers (9-3) to a 7-0 lead, but Central scored 49 unanswered to advance to the state quarterfinals. Cole finished the season with over 1,800 rushing yards.
After starting the season 2-5, Science Hill was able to put everything together and qualify for the playoffs by winning its final three regular-season games. A thrilling 24-21 win over Bradley Central in the opening round of the playoffs earned the Hilltoppers a trip to Maryville. But the Rebels (11-1) dominated time of possession and cruised to victory.