Freshman Prince Kollie rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries for Crockett (2-1, 1-0), and his brother, junior John Kollie, had five receptions for 90 yards and two touchdowns.
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Gerald Sensabaugh, Crockett’s first-year head coach, said he inherited a number of good athletes when he took the job in Jonesborough, and they showed it on the field against the Falcons (0-3, 0-1).
“Larkins can throw a great ball,” Sensabaugh noted. “We have a young football team. ... We had a lot of freshmen starting here tonight, and they did some good things.
“It was good to compete against Volunteer and especially to go and get our first conference victory,“ added the coach, whose Pioneers lost 37-35 to 6A Campbell County last week. “That speaks well of our football team that it was able to bounce back from a tight loss.”
The Pioneers got touchdowns on six of their eight first-half possessions and turned over the ball on their other two.
The Falcons took advantage of their opponents’ first giveaway when Cameron Johnson recovered a fumble and returned it 31 yards to the Pioneers’ 22. Five plays later, Volunteer’s Zac Christian scored on a 5-yard run.
The Falcons had another scoring opportunity before halftime when Peyton Baker intercepted a Larkins pass and Avery Venoy romped 46 yards to a first down at the Pioneers’ 23. But Crockett’s defense stopped the threat to end the half.
“They were 4-7 last year and we have a lot of talent,” Sensabaugh said of his squad. “It is set up to put the city of Jonesborough on the map.
“We’re just going to ride it out. I still have a lot of coaching to do on a lot of things and as a football team we have to get better, but as long as we progress from week to week we should be pretty good coming down to the end of the season.”
Justin Hite, Volunteer’s defensive coordinator, said it’s hard to stop a team with that many good athletes.
“We’ve just got to put guys in better positions defensively to be successful,” Hite said. “I’m at a loss for words because these kids deserve better than what they are getting from me. But the Lord willing, the sun will come up tomorrow.”