Monday, June 13, 2022

Rockets face interesting 2022 schedule

 Rocket football skipper Gaige Courtney has put together an interesting schedule for his second season as the CCHS head coach. 

While the slate includes some traditional neighboring opponents such as Webster County, Union County and Caldwell County and district games against Fulton County and Russellville, the Rockets will have some long-distance foes in 2022. 

A team from inner city Baltimore will be arriving in Marion in September. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is a private Catholic school that put up some incredible offensive numbers last year en route to a 6-3 record. 
CCHS will face another out-of-state opponent Oct. 7 when it goes to Liberty Creek, Tenn., a new high school in Gallatin. This will be the Wolves first season as a team as the 700-student school is opening in August in the Sumner County School District. 

The schedule also includes Bethlehem, a perennial top 10 Class A team and Murray, a typical top 10 Class 2A team, plus Class 4A Madisonville. 

The team is conducting its Lift-a- Thon fundraising event this month. This year they’ve designed a way for local businesses to get involved in the competitive spirit. Players will be contacting local businesses soon with more information. 

2022 Crittenden County Football 
Aug. 5 at Hopkins Central Aug. 12 
Calloway County 
Aug. 19 at Murray 
Aug. 26 at Webster County 
Sept. 2 Madisonville 
Sept. 9 at Caldwell County 
Sept. 16 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Penn. 
Sept. 23 Union County 
Sept. 30 at Bethlehem 
Oct. 7 at Liberty Creek, Tenn. 
Oct. 14 Fulton County 
Oct. 10 Russellville 
Oct. 28 Bye 
Nov. 4 Playoffs

Rocket Youth Football Camp June 20-22

Rocket Youth Football Camp will be June 20-22 on the high school campus. 

The camp is for youngsters age 5-15. Cost is $30 and there is a discount for families with multiple children. 

Camp is from 9-11:30 a.m., daily with lunch served afterwards. Registration forms will be accepted on the first day of camp starting at 8:30 a.m. 

Each camper will receive instruction in all facets of football from the Crittenden County High School coaching staff and current CCHS players. 

Campers will also receive a T-shirt. There will be flag football games at the end of workouts each day. 

Crittenden County Middle School 2022 Football

Crittenden County Middle School has released information about its upcoming fall football season. The first day of practice will be Monday, July 11. Workouts be from 6-8 p.m. The locker room will be open at 5:30 p.m. Players must have a physical exam and proof to present to coaches before they can begin to practice. Players should bring cleats and gym shoes to practice each day. Practice will be indoors if raining.

2022 Middle School Schedule
Aug. 18 Mayfield
Sept. 8 at Webster County
Sept. 13 South Hopkins
Sept.17 Trojan Bowl vs N. Marshall
Sept. 20 James Madison
Sept. 23 at Browning Springs
Sept. 29 Caldwell County
Aug. 30 Union County

Friday, February 18, 2022

College Athletics Signing Day

Four Crittenden County High School seniors on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022 formally signed their letters of intent to play sports at the next level during a ceremony at Rocket Arena. Signing wereMaddox Carlson to play baseball at Dyersburg State (Tenn.) Community College, Luke Crider to play football at Thomas More University in northern Kentucky, Dylan Yates to play football at Kentucky Wesleyan in Owensboro and Zech McGahan to play sprint football at Midway University near Lexington.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Rockets Football Banquet Awards 2021


Crittenden County High School held its annual Rocket football banquet Sunday. Among those honored at the event were (front from left) Case Gobin, tackling points leader and 110% award; Coleman Stone, Hitman award and Greg “Dozer” Belt award; Luke Crider, record setter for most touchdowns in a game and passing completions in a game and captain award; Dylan Yates, RBI leader, record setter for sacks in a season (19), Paul E. Mick Leadership Award, captain award, most valuable lineman, most valuable defensive player and team MVP; Preston Morgeson, most valuable offensive player; Gattin Travis, most improved offensive player; Rowen Perkins, most improved special teams player; (back) Micah Newcom, JV offensive MVP and JV captain award; Bennett McDaniel, JV defensive MVP; Logan Bailey, Marion Feed Mill “Grit Iron” award; Tanner Beverly, most valuable special teams player; Zech McGahan, most improved defensive player; Trace Derrington, “Solid Rocket” award; Tucker Sharp, “Roach” award; and Hayden Hildebrand, Selfless Rocket award.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Eleven Rockets earn All WKC honors

Senior lineman Dylan Yates was selected to the First Team All Conference Team and 10 other Rocket football players were named to the All Western Kentucky Conference team. They were among the players honored at the All WKC Awards Banquet Wednesday at Hopkinsville. 

Eight seniors were among those named all conference. They were lineman Dylan Yates, center Ben Evans, receiver Trace Derrington, lineback Zech McGahan, nose guard Sam Impastato, lineman Tucker Sharp, defensive back Logan Bailey and receiver Brysen Baker. 

Juniors named all conference were all-purpose player Preston Morgeson, defensive end Case Gobin and linebacker Briley Berry. 

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Former Rockets headed to state finals

Next Saturday, a couple of former Rocket players and coaches will join only a handful of Crittenden County High School graduates to ever coach in a state football championship.

Sean Thompson, head coach at Paducah Tilghman, and Noah Dickerson, assistant coach at South Warren, will be on the sidelines at Kroger Field in Lexington on Dec. 4 as their teams seek state championships.

Thompson has guided the Blue Tornado to its first Class 3A state final since 2009. Thompson, who graduated from Crittenden County in 2004, was head coach at CCHS for three seasons, compiling a record of 28-8 with three district championships and three trips to the state Class A quarterfinals, before accepting the job at Tilghman after the 2020 season.

Thompson’s Blue Tornado was No. 15 in the KHSAA power ranking in 3A and was 5-6 after the regular season, which included a COVID cancellation loss to South Warren.

Tilghman started the year 1-4, but is on a four-game winning streak and will play Belfry (8-6) in the 3A title game. Thompson’s team beat the No. 1 RPI team Christian Academy of Louisville in the regional finals two Fridays ago and the No. 2 RPI team, Glasgow 39-20 this week. Both games were on the road.

Dickerson, who is a former CCHS graduate assistant coach and a 2015 Crittenden County High School graduate, is a physical education teacher and receivers coach at South Warren, where he has been the past two seasons. The Spartans beat Woodford County 46-25 Friday in the state semifinal round and will face Frederick Douglas in the Class 5A state championship in the second game at 3pm on Saturday at Kroger Field. Thompson’s team plays the first game Saturday at 11am.

There have only been a few CCHS grads to coach in football championship games. Jeff Riley, an assistant coach and current athletic director at Caldwell County, was on the coaching staff for the 2012 Tigers' 2A state championship; and local graduate Dusty Croft was an assistant at Franklin-Simpson in 1995 for a state final. Otherwise, as far as we know, the only others to coach in a state title game in Kentucky or elsewhere were the local grads serving on the 1985 Rockets staff, including Jack Easley, Greg Holloman and Jimmy Croft.