Science Hill and D-B
It was a Musket Bowl with blanks, but the Jeremy Bosken era at David Crockett began with a warning shot Thursday at the Big Seven Conference jamboree.
Freshman TK Hill ran around right end for a 2-yard touchdown on fourth down with 3:09 remaining, lifting the Pioneers to a 6-0 one-quarter victory against rival Daniel Boone at Kermit Tipton Stadium.
In the jamboree’s first quarter, Science Hill gave up a 40-yard TD pass with 43 seconds remaining, allowing Dobyns-Bennett to pull out a 7-7 tie. The Hilltoppers, playing two quarters with Sullivan South having dropped out of the league, beat Sullivan Central 21-0 in the second quarter.
Tennessee High looked impressive while dashing to a 21-7 defeat of Volunteer.
But Crockett-Boone seemed to generate the most atmosphere and emotion, particularly when Eric Day caught a 29-yard pass from Ryan Burger to the Daniel Boone 6-yard line with 4:54 left to set up Hill’s score.
“He’s the first one at practice every day – him and Luke Hopson,” Bosken said.
Hopson had a 6-yard catch on the game-winning drive.
Crockett’s defense was impressive.
“The defense is really starting to come around,” Bosken said while commending defensive coordinator Chuck Sutton and assistants Malcolm Foreman and Tyler Whitaker. “Our defensive line and secondary, linebackers are starting to come alive. We’re playing faster with more energy. … We’ve knocked the rust off the pads at school; that’s for sure.”
Sutton’s son, Trey, plays at Science Hill. He scored on a long touchdown run against Sullivan Central, but seeing the Pioneers defense keep stopping the Trailblazers was nearly as exciting.
The Crockett coaches didn’t want to make too much of a 12-minute triumph in a scrimmage.
“It was nice,” Bosken said, “but it’s not where we need to be yet.”
But they didn’t want to discount their players’ performances.
“It may be minor, but it’s a step,” Sutton said. “It’s a first step, and that’s what we need. … It’s fresh and brand new. Coach Bosken is a changer, man, and he works his butt off. … And it carries over to the players and the coaches.”
Dobyns-Bennett got the ball first against Science Hill, and despite a lot of negative plays, kept the ball for 6:04. D-B’s Caleb Cook went up and made a difficult catch to convert a 3rd-and-16 on the game’s third play.
Science Hill’s first possession started at its 14 with 5:56 left, and less than two minutes later quarterback/receiver Malik McGue caught a 61-yard TD pass from Tucker McPherson. McGue also caught a 15-yard pass from McPherson on the drive. Alex Rinella’s PAT made it 7-0 with 4:02 left, and it looked like that’d be enough.
But 6-foot-4 D.J. Jones made a difficult twisting catch look easy for the 40-yard TD pass from Josh Holt in the final minute. Science Hill coach Stacy Carter said safety Malik Stephens was out of the game with a minor injury on the play.
“Malik got hurt and we had a guy out of position there,” Carter said. “And that guy made a good catch … when they scored that touchdown there. And that guy made a good throw.”
McGue had a potential touchdown pass bounce off the fingertips of an open receiver with some 15 seconds remaining.
“We can use Tucker and Malik both on the field,” Carter said. “Malik threw the ball well also, I thought. We had some big drops. He was on the money. I was proud of how he threw. …
“You just wish you’d get the ball first. We got it one time and then the other time we’s trying to beat the clock.”
Science Hill’s Gad Nagba (five yards) and Sutton (65 yards) rushed for TDs against Central, and sophomore quarterback Justin Bedard completed a 38-yard TD pass to Carson King.
Receiver Adam Mitchell and quarterback Peyton Henley were impressive in Tennessee High’s 21-7 win against Volunteer. Mitchell, a 6-foot-4 senior, caught 28- and 14-yard touchdown passes from Henley, who completed the Vikings’ scoring with a 15-yard TD on a quarterback draw.
Mitchell’s 14-yard catch was a crowd-pleasing one-handed grab on a fade throw to the left edge of the end zone.
Henley scrambled left and made a good throw across his body on Mitchell’s other TD reception.
Volunteer’s Maliek Carpenter dashed for a 70-yard TD with 3:41 remaining.