The Owls traveled nearly three hours to David Crockett High School to play almost three quarters of football. Lightning struck with 1:19 left in the third to send both teams and fans indoors. After waiting until 11:00 pm to reassess, both coaching staffs agreed to calling the night “a suspended game”. This means that it will be postponed to be played at a later date if necessary, meaning that if either team needs the game for a seeding purpose, the teams will meet and finish out the remaining 13 minutes and 19 seconds.
When lightning struck, the Owls found themselves down 19-16 with the Pioneers on their heels. The Owls opened up the game with an electric start on defense, with a tackle for loss and two sacks to force a punt on the opening drive. Ooltewah’s offense went for it on fourth down and did not convert, but again the defense forced a three and out. After driving the ball down to the one yard line, the next five plays of the game were certainly worth the five dollar admission. Ooltewah’s first play from the one resulted in a fumble and turnover. The next play for DCHS was intercepted by Chase Sanders and returned to the one yard line. The Owls, renewed after the turnover, trotted out only to fumble again, giving the ball back to DCHS. The very next snap for the Pioneers was intercepted by the Owls’ Preston Pruett and returned to the one yard line. This time, the Owls’ Jaquan Greenhill punched it in on the first play of the drive to go up 7-0.
The Pioneers answered and the rest of the first and second quarters was spent trading blows and corralling athletic wideouts and third and long conversions. Braeden Haynes pinned the Pioneers at the one yard line with an excellent punt that was caught over the shoulder by the long snapper Fisher Perry. The Pioneers would eventually score, only for the Owls to receive the ball with 1:15 left on the clock before half time. Ooltewah drove down the field in about 4 plays and spent the last 4 plays trying to convert inside the 5 before ultimately settling for a field goal.
The second half began with similar offensive ease for the Owls, who received the ball to start the half. Driving down the field on 5 plays of 11 yards or more, Ooltewah capped off the drive with a 10 yard touchdown pass from Lane Moore to Fisher Perry. The Pioneers responded with an eight minute drive that took up most of the 3rd quarter and saw them score to go ahead 19-16. Before the Ooltewah receiving unit could take the field, the game was suspended due to weather.
Lane Moore 12/19 134 yards 1 TD
Jaquan Greenhill 14 carries, 79 yards 1 TD
Tyler Bradford- 1 rec 3 yards
Tucker Miller- 2 rec 32 yards
Fisher Perry- 2 rec 10 yards 1 TD
Dawson Jones- 1 rec 31 yards
Cameron Hollis- 3 rec 17 yards
Jaquan Greenhill- 2 rec 43 yards