However, Pioneers head coach Hayden Chandley was not pleased with the effort of his players coming off program’s first-ever win over Science Hill.
“I told our kids that this was the first time in my tenure at David Crockett that I was disappointed in the effort. I was disappointed in the way we played and the way we handled ourselves,” he said. “I did a poor job of having our kids ready to play and that’s on me. Hat’s off to Volunteer. That is a much-improved football team and they gave us some trouble tonight.
“I felt like we took a step up against Science Hill and we took a step back tonight. If we want to get to where we want to be, we cannot afford to do that.”
The Pioneers (2-0) had a good night offensively, punting only once — and it was in the fourth quarter with the second strings in.
Star senior quarterback Cade Larkins finished 16-for-26 with 269 yards and five touchdown passes. He also had four rushes for 25 yards.
Larkins had just three incompletions in the second half and his last pass of the evening — a slant pattern over the middle to Prince Kollie that he turned into a 70-yard gain — went for a score.
Mason Britton had two receiving scores on the evening and so did Eric Dunbar.
The offensive line played well for Crockett as Ronquille Joyner finished with 15 rushes for 137 yards and two rushing scores in the first half.
It was a rough first quarter and change for the Falcons (1-2, 0-1) and they fell behind 21-0 not even halfway into the second period, but Volunteer controlled the line of scrimmage for a good portion of the game.
The Falcons’ Cameron Johnson had 13 rushes for 85 yards and one score.
Peyton Derrick showed a few flashes of his speed as he had seven catches for 85 yards and three carries for 14 yards — including a 3-yard score on fourth down early in the fourth quarter. Riley Littleton produced the final points for Volunteer with a 1-yard TD.
“We put together a good game plan, I thought. We wanted to go slow and try to run the clock,” Volunteer head coach Justin Pressley said. “If you get behind to those guys, there’s not really much you can do. … I’m extremely proud of the guys up front and the way they play. We had a rough night at CAK and it was because we had some breakdowns in spots. The past two weeks, they’ve really been working hard. They’re getting low and pushing people.”
Volunteer finished with 134 yards on the ground and quarterback Garrison Barrett went 11-for-17 for 99 yards and one interception.
David Crockett will travel to Knox Webb next week while Volunteer hosts Sullivan East for homecoming. Both games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. starts.