Wednesday, June 12, 2024

West KY Districts under new classification

 West KY districts 2025 and 2026 Seasons

Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s football realignment plan for the 2025-26 seasons:

Class A

District 1 – Ballard Memorial, Caverna, Fulton County, Russellville

District 2: Bethlehem, Campbellsville, Kentucky Country Day, Louisville Holy Cross

Class 2A

District 1 – Caldwell County, Crittenden County, Fort Campbell, Mayfield, Todd County Central, Trigg County

District 2: Fort Knox, Hancock County, McLean County, Owensboro Catholic

Class 3A

District 1 – Hopkins County Central, Murray, Union County, Webster County

District 2 – Adair County, Butler County, Edmonson County, Glasgow, Hart County, LaRue County

Class 4A

District 1 – Allen County-Scottsville, Calloway County, Franklin-Simpson, Logan County, Paducah Tilghman, Warren East

District 2 – Elizabethtown, John Hardin, Marion County, Nelson County, Taylor County

Class 5A

District 1 – Apollo, Graves County, Madisonville-North Hopkins, Marshall County, Muhlenberg County, Owensboro

District 2 – Barren County, Bowling Green, Grayson County, Greenwood, Ohio County, Warren Central

Class 6A

District 1 – Christian County, Henderson County, Hopkinsville, McCracken County

District 2 – Central Hardin, Daviess County, Meade County, South Warren

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Changes proposed in classification

A proposed reclassification of KHSAA football teams has been presented, which has Crittenden County remaining in Class 2A through the 2026 season. 

The Class A First District would change, however, starting in the fall of 2025. The Rockets would join Caldwell County, Mayfield, Ft. Campbell, Todd Central and Trigg County, based on the current proposal. 

Murray, which is in the district now, would move up Class 3A with Union County and others.

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Post-season honors for Rocket football stars

Annual Rocket Individual Awards 
CCHS held its annual football awards ceremony Sunday. Among those honored were (front from left) Jacob Carder, Most Improved Offensive Player; Travis Blazina, Greg “Dozer” Belt Award, Casey Cates, Solid Rocket Award; Micah Newcom, Rocket Captain, Crittenden Press/Paul Mick Leadership Award, Offensive MVP and Rocket Most Valuable Player; Bennett McDaniel, Rocket Captain, Tackles Leader, Hitman Award and Defensive MVP; Gattin Travis, Marion Feed Mill Grit Iron Award; Jason Millikan, Selfless Rocket Award; (back) Brayden Poindexter, Most Improved Defensive Player and JV Defensive MVP; Lane West, Roach Award; Grayson James, Most Valuable Lineman; Caden Howard, RBI Leader; Tyler Belt, Special Teams MVP; Levi Piper, Solid Rocket Award; Quinn Summers, JV Captain and JV Offensive MVP; Brayden Mahnke, Most Improved Special Teams Player; and Gabe Keller, 110 Percent Award and Forced Turnovers Leader.

Nine Crittenden County football players were selected to the All West Kentucky Conference team, which was announced last week.
Additionally, Bennet McDaniel, a senior linebacker, and Gabe Keller, a senior receiver and defensive back, were picked for The Paducah Sun’s All Purchase Football Team.
Former Rocket coach Sean Thompson, now at Paducah Tilghman, was named Purchase Area Coach of the Year. His team was undefeated until the state semifinal.

Friday, November 10, 2023

Despite loss, Rockets find place for their hat

OWENSBORO, Ky. – Four times in the past 21 football seasons, Crittenden County’s playoff hopes have died in Owensboro.

The Rockets have been outmatched and humbled by a running clock each November when it has faced Owensboro Catholic on the road at the end. Friday was more of the same as Crittenden County lost 49-7. The mercy clock was running full steam with just under seven minutes to go in the first half.

Never have the Rockets been able to put a up significant fight against the Aces. Historically, in four playoffs matchups against O’Cath, the Rockets have been outscored 209-14.

For third-year CCHS football coach Gaige Courtney, the loss had little meaning compared to the voyage.

“The game didn’t go the way we wanted it to, obviously,” the coach said. “That’s not what it’s about at this point. It’s about what this team did this year, how they competed and did a lot of things people said they couldn’t do. It’s about the seniors stepping up to the challenge and leading. It’s about all the things they learned through the journey of football.”

For his part, Courtney expressed tremendous esteem for his crew. His pride overshadowed what Owensboro had once again done to a Rocket football team.

“I am just proud of them. I hurt for them always because I know how it hurts,” Courtney added. “I am extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished this season.”

Playing up in Class 2A this fall after considerable success in Class A over the past decade, the Rockets held their own against a brutal schedule and finished as a First Region semifinalist in the postseason.

In this season’s final game, the Rockets had few bright spots. Sophomore Jacob Carder covering an onside kick to start the game and junior Cameron Belcher’s first-quarter interception defending in his own end zone had given Crittenden a sense of belonging. Thanks to those highlights, the Rockets trailed only 7-0 after one quarter against a team rated No. 1 in the state’s 2A power rankings.

Their bubble burst in the second quarter when the Aces returned a fumble and an interception for touchdowns and Catholic quarterback Brady Atwell settled in to complete three of his five scoring passes.

The scoreboard was all too familiar when CCHS has been the unfortunate guests of the Aces. From 2012 through 2014 when the Rockets played up in 2A once before, O’Cath left a blister on their pride. Each of those meetings was met with a similar result to this year’s encounter. 

Still, there was cause to celebrate. The coach reminded us of some those reasons and senior quarterback Micah Newcom provided others. He completed 15-of-28 passes and eclipsed 2,000 yards for the season. He’s just the second Rocket QB to throw for more than two grand in two different years. 

“It’s been a joy,” Newcom said. “The experiences, memories, practice, locker room, games, all of it. We had great times together, great wins, tough losses. It’s all been worth it in the end. I’m proud of everybody and thankful for the opportunity.”

Crittenden County finished 7-5 and won its first 2A playoff game a week earlier against Todd County Central. In 2A this go round, Crittenden won more than twice as many games than it ever had before in that division.

Two of its five losses this fall came at the hands of Owensboro Catholic – a team led by a quarterback who’s making an official recruiting visit to Division I Marshall University this weekend – and a team the Rockets have never beaten in 11 tries dating back to the 1960s.

Going to Owensboro for the playoffs has become akin to waiting on the electric chair. Yet, despite the sting from another death row shellacking, the Rockets had little trouble finding a place to hang their hats.

Crittenden County 0 0 7 0
Owensboro Catholic 7 36 6 0

OC-Noah Rhinerson 16 pass from Brady Atwell (Andrew Garvin kick) 6:39, 1st
OC-Rhinerson 44 pass from Atwell (kick failed) 11:30, 2nd
OC-Carson Lewis 40 interception return (Tutt Carrico pass from Atwell) 11:21, 2nd
OC-Elijah Blair 6 pass from Atwell ( Garvin kick) 7:41, 2nd
OC-Barrett Evans 35 fumble return (Carrico run) 6:45, 2nd
OC-Carrico 45 pass from Atwell (Garvin kick) 2;15, 2nd
OC-Waryn Ebelhar 12 pass from Atwell (conversion failed) 5:33, 3rd
CC-Casey Cates 7 pass from Micah Newcom (Tyree McLean kick) :15, 3rd

First Downs: CCHS 5, OCHS 11
Penalties: CCHS 3-11, OCHS 11-15
Rushing: 14-28, OCHS 17-77
Passing: 15-28-1. 97; OCHS 15-23-1, 231
Total Yards: CCHS 125, OCHS 308
Fumbles/Lost: 2-1, OCHS 0-0

CCHS: Gattin Travis 8-48, Tyler Belt 2-5, Newcom 4-(-25). OCHS: Miles Edge 2-13, Blair 3-14, Rhinerson 1-7, Vince Carrico 2-8, Tutt Carrico 2-9, Cameron Woodward 1-7, Kail Kabalen 3-9, Shaiden Mitchell 3-10.
CCHS: Newcom 15-28-1, 97. OCHS: Atwell 14-18-1, 208; Dremail Carothers 1-5-0, 23.
CCHS: Caden Howard 3-25, Belt 4-24, Gabe Keller 3-27, Camron Belcher 2-14, Travis 1-1, Cates 1-7, Jason Millikan 1-(-1). OCHS: Mitchell Sims 1-33, Rhinerson 5-88, T.Carrico 4-42, Ebelhar 2-30, V.Carrico 1-9, Blair 1-6, Riley Harvill 1-23.
Gabe Keller 7 solos, assists; Gattin Travis 6 solos; Bennett McDaniel solo, 2 assists; Lane West solo, blocked kick; Casey Cates assist; Travis Blazina 2 assists; Tyler Belt 2 solos, 3 assists; Jason Millikan solo; Grayson James 3 solos, 2 TFLs; Kaiden Travis solo, 2 assists; Camron Belcher 3 solos, interception; Caden Howard 2 solos; Brayden Poindexter 6 solos, assist; Tyree McLean blocked kick.
Records: Crittenden 7-5, Owensboro Catholic 12-0

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