With Crockett leading 19-16 late in the third quarter at Pioneer Field, lightning struck in the area, causing a lengthy delay.
The game was finally suspended after a wait of an hour and 40 minutes and won’t be resumed unless it affects either team’s playoff chances at the end of the season.
There was 1:17 remaining in the third quarter.
Cade Larkins, David Crockett’s star quarterback who has his sights set on the state record for career passing yards, overcame a rocky start as the Pioneers were trying to continue their momentum from last year’s 12-1 season.
Larkins was knocked out of the game late in the third quarter when he was hit on his way out of bounds. A penalty was called on the play and he was slow getting up.
Junior backup Mason Britton came on and handed off twice to Ronquille Joyner, who gained 14 yards. The second carry resulted in a go-ahead 2-yard touchdown.
After Edison Gouge’s extra point put the Pioneers up 19-16, the lightning was detected and the field and stands were cleared.
When the delay began, Larkins was 16 of 22 for 181 yards.
Larkins was sacked three times on the Pioneers’ first two possessions. He threw two interceptions in the first quarter, during which his biggest play might have been a hard hit on a tackle after the second pick.
Meanwhile, Ooltewah lost two fumbles inside the Crockett 1-yard line, blowing two golden scoring chances.
The Owls finally broke through, converting Larkins’ second interception into a 1-yard touchdown run by Jaequan Greenhill.
Crockett got on the board on a 35-yard touchdown run from Brenden Reid, but the extra point kick missed and the Pioneers still trailed 7-6.
After Crockett’s defense held, the Owls downed a punt at the 1-yard line, leaving the Pioneers as far away from a touchdown as they could be.
Larkins then orchestrated an efficient 99-yard scoring drive that took 10 plays. It was capped by a 28-yard touchdown pass from Larkins to Donta Hackler. The two-point conversion pass failed, leaving the Pioneers up 12-7.
Ooltewah got a 22-yard field goal from Braeden Haynes in the final minute of the second quarter to cut Crockett’s lead to 12-10.
The Owls opened the second half with a go-ahead, 55-yard scoring drive, capped by Fisher Perry catching a 10-yard touchdown pass from Lane Moore and a 16-12 advantage.
Crockett plays host to Science Hill next week in a much anticipated matchup.
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