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Crockett gets 41 unanswered points to remain undefeated

Joe Avento • Updated Sep 7, 2018 at 11:32 PM

It took a while for David Crockett to get going, but once Cade Larkins found his rhythm, there was no stopping the Pioneers.

Larkins threw for 352 yards and five touchdowns Friday night as Crockett rolled past Gibbs, 55-28, in a non-conference football game at Pioneer Field.

Crockett scored 41 unanswered points after Gibbs jumped out to a 21-14 lead.

Donta Hackler caught two of the touchdown passes and returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown as the Pioneers improved to 4-0 with the homecoming win.

“We’re very confident,” Hackler said. “We did what we had to do tonight. When we get hot and we get going, I just feel like nobody can stop us.”

Larkins didn’t complete a pass in the first 10 minutes, but he made up for lost time, connecting on 18 of 24 passes. He was intercepted once.

Six players scored touchdowns for Crockett.

“I’m so proud of our kids,” Pioneers coach Hayden Chandley said. “They played so hard. We didn’t hang our heads when we fell behind in the first half. Credit our offense. Back-to-back weeks where we put up 55 on the board. We’re really pleased with where we’re at right now.

HALFTIME MOMENTUM

Neither team led by more than a touchdown in a back-and-forth first half.

The Pioneers took a 28-21 lead 20 seconds before halftime when Hackler caught a short pass from Larkins and maneuvered his way through the secondary for an 18-yard touchdown.

PASSING FANCY?

The Eagles didn’t throw the ball much, but when they finally did they caught Crockett by surprise. Zack Meyers got behind the defense for a 56-yard touchdown on a pass from Dalton Wright.

That gave Gibbs a 21-14 lead before the Pioneers stormed back.

BACK-TO-BACK KOLLIES

Prince Kollie had an 80-yard touchdown reception wiped out by a penalty. Before the Gibbs defense could catch its breath, John Kollie broke free and caught a long pass from Larkins. After juking out a defender at the 20-yard line, Kollie scored to finish off an 81-yard touchdown.

PILING ON

Micah Robinson went airborne at the goal line and just got inside the pylon for a 21-yard touchdown on the Pioneers’ first possession of the second half. A missed extra point left the them up 34-21.

Hackler’s pick-six made it 41-21.

Mark Seidler caught a 20-yard TD pass from Larkins and Ronquille Joyner added a 1-yard touchdown run after being tackled at the 1 on a long pass play for Crockett’s other scores.

DEFENSE ON THE BOARD

With Crockett’s offense sputtering in the early going, the defense got things going in the right direction.

J.R. Giles, a 225-pound defensive lineman, scooped up a fumble and returned it 31 yards for the game’s first touchdown.

Giles also recovered another fumble in the fourth quarter.

GETTING HIS KICKS

Crockett kicker A.J. Boyd, a soccer player who has been kicking for about a month, has connected on 14 of 16 extra points in the past two weeks.

Boyd was also called on to punt after lineman Adrian Boles, the usual punter, was injured. Boyd’s first effort was a low kick, but he was credited with a 44-yard punt with no return.

GIBBS’ SCORES

Clytavious Barnes, Isiah Brooks and Troy Davis had touchdown runs for the Eagles (0-3). The last one came with 18 seconds left in the game.

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