Tennessee High broke a 42-year-old school record with seven interceptions in a 41-6 win at David Crockett on Friday night.
It broke the previous school record of six set in a 1971 state semifinal victory over Chattanooga Red Bank. Defensive back Christian Gibson had four picks in the game, tying another school record by John Ellis Davis.
Also on the record-setting night, quarterback Peyton Henley broke a career passing mark for touchdowns, and Adam Mitchell broke school records for career receiving yards and touchdowns.
Still, the Vikings were more focused on improving to 3-2 in the Big Seven Conference and 5-4 overall.
“Tonight was special. We knew we had to come in here and win this game for the playoff sakes,” Mitchell said. “We did a really good job, focusing and really executing our gameplan.”
Crockett fell to 2-3 in the league and 5-4 overall heading into next week’s Musket Bowl at Daniel Boone.
“They executed very, very well,” Pioneers head coach Jeremy Bosken said about the Vikings. “You have to give coach (Mike) Mays and his staff a lot of credit because they came in with a great gameplan. They gave us a different look than what we had seen from them on film. No. 2 (Gibson) played a heck of a ballgame, and No. 55 (Ryan Fleenor), he’s one of the best linemen in the conference.”
On just the third play from scrimmage, James Shuff stepped in front of a Ryan Burger screen pass and took it 45 yards on an interception return for a touchdown.
Gibson had three interceptions in the first half and Sir Shuff added another interception as Tennessee High romped to a 41-0 halftime lead.
“We disguised it real well and when they threw the ball, we would break on the ball,” Gibson said. “(Zach) Bunche jammed the receivers and shook them off to my side where I could pick it off.”
Tennessee High put the game out of reach early. Kauhil King raced 49 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown, and the Vikings led 14-0 with 9:26 left in the first quarter.
They went up 20-0 on the first play of the second quarter, an eight-yard touchdown pass from Henley to Bunche.
Henley ran in the next score himself, and then converted a two-point pass play to Mitchell for a 28-0 advantage.
Tennessee High added to the lead on its next possession as Mitchell caught a short pass and turned it into a 60-yard touchdown down the left sideline.
Henley threw his third and final touchdown, a 14-yarder to Travis Clark in the left corner of the end zone for the 41-0 halftime score.
Henley didn’t play in the second half, and finished 10-of-16 passing for 151 yards. Mitchell was his favorite receiver with five catches for 96 yards.
In addition, King had 100 rushing yards on just four carries.
Crockett got on the scoreboard with 46 seconds left in the third quarter. Burger completed back-to-back passes of 30 and 13 yards to Eric Day. Then, Burger scored on a two-yard run for the Pioneers’ only score.
Burger completed 18 of his 38 passes for 224 yards. Day caught seven passes for 107 yards, while Luke Hopson and DJ Britton each had six receptions. Dalton Brown ended with a team-best 57 rushing yards and Tanner Honeycutt finished with 47 yards.