Friday, January 19, 2018

Thompson first Rocket to be head coach

For the first time ever, Crittenden County will have one of its own guiding the football program.

Crittenden County High School officially hired Sean Thompson as head football coach last week, making him the first Crittenden County graduate to lead the team.

It was no surprise to local football fans that Thompson was selected from two applicants for the job.
A 2004 graduate of Crittenden County High School, Thompson has been offensive coordinator, assistant head coach and the heir apparent to Al Starnes over the last few years.

Starnes retired from coaching this fall after 27 years as the head coach at CCHS. He made Thompson his head assistant last summer and made it no secret that he supported Thompson to become the next head coach.

Thompson played quarterback at Crittenden County then at Campbellsville University. He joined the Rocket football coaching staff in 2009 then spent a few years at Union County before returning to Crittenden as offensive coordinator in 2014.

Thompson says he is thankful for this new leadership role.

“My ultimate goal is to be the best leader and role model that I can for the youth of Crittenden County,” he said. “There’s so much more to football than the game itself. I will strive to set the best example I can for the players.”

Superintendent Vince Clark said the selection of Thompson as head skipper was an easy one.

“Coach Thompson is a Rocket, through and through,” he said. “Not only has he distinguished himself as one of the offensive gurus in western Kentucky, but also he has a strong commitment to carry on the principles and beliefs that Coach Al Starnes has spent 27 years establishing. Building relationships and teamwork are his hallmarks.”

A reception for the new head coach was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but weather postponed it to a yet-to-be-determiend date.

Beavers, Starnes selected All Purchase

Crittenden County defensive end Adam Beavers was named to the All Purchase Area Football Team last week during a ceremony at Paducah.

Beavers becomes just the sixth Rocket to ever receive the distinction.
Beavers played four years at Crittenden County and finished his career as the all-time tackles and sacks leader. He also set a number of other single-season and career records and ranks among the top five in many other statistical categories.

At last month’s Crittenden County post-season football banquet, Beavers was selected as MVP and also recognized for defense and leadership with other awards. He recorded a school-record 151 tackles in his final season while leading the Rockets to an 8-5 season and berth in the regional championship game.

Beavers joins former Rockets Stephon Cozart, Aaron Berry, J.D. Gray and Rodney Robertsonand Gaige Courtney  as players who earned recognition as an All Purchase Team selection.

Rocket football coach Al Starnes was selected as the Purchase Coach of the Year. Starnes guided his team to a regional championship berth before it bowed out to Campbellsville.

Starnes is the first coach to be recognized by the Purchase Area selection committee.

Starnes is also a finalist for the Associated Press Coach of the Year in Kentucky.

After 27 years as the head coach at CCHS, Starnes retired after the 2017 season.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Post-Season Awards Banquet

Crittenden County High School held its annual football awards banquet Sunday. Among those honored were (front from left) Brock Langston, Hitman Award; Gavin Dickerson, Greg “Dozer” Belt Award; Devon Nesbitt, Co-Offensive MVP, Record Setter and Most Improved Offensive Player; Cody Belt, Special Teams MVP, Record Setter and Most Improved Special Teams Player; Adam Beavers, Team MVP, Rocket Captain Award, Most Valuable Lineman, Defensive MVP, Record Setter and the Paul E. Mick/Crittenden Press Leadership Award; Ethan Dossett, Co-Offensive MVP and Record Setter; Hunter Boone, Co-Offensive MVP and Record Setter; Branen Lamey, Hitman Award; (back) Xander Tabor, JV Offensive MVP; Lathen Easley, JV Defensive MVP; Ian Ellington, Roach Award; Kyle Castiller, Loopy Award; Mason Hunt, 110 Percent Award; Tyler Boone, Most Improved Defensive Player and Record Setter; Hunter Jones, Solid Rocket Award; and Braxton Winders, JV Captain Award. Not pictured: Joseph Estes, Coach’s Award. The Rocket football team won the district crown this season and finished 8-5, losing in the regional championship game. It was Coach Al Starnes’ final season after 27 years as head coach at CCHS.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Hunter Boone : Player of the Year

First District Class A Player of the Year

Passing Yards in a Career 4,455 - Hunter Boone (2015-Present)
Passing Yards in a Season 2,603 - Hunter Boone (2017)
Passing Yards in a Game 447 - Hunter Boone (2017, Ballard Memorial)
Passing TDs in a Career 51 - Hunter Boone (2015-Present)
Passing TDs in a Season 32 - Hunter Boone (2017)
Passing TDs in a Game 6 - Hunter Boone (2017, Ballard Memorial)
Passing Completions in a Career 335 - Hunter Boone (2015-Present)
Passing Completions in a Season 171 - Hunter Boone (2017)
Passing Attempts in a Career 618 - Hunter Boone (2015-Present)
Passing Attempts in a Game 43 - Hunter Boone (2017, Ballard Memorial)

Some records set this season


Rushing TDs Scored in a Season 24 - Devon Nesbitt (2017)

Receiving Yards in a Season 1,273 - Ethan Dossett (2017)
Receiving Yards in a Game 349 - Ethan Dossett (2017, Ballard Memorial)*
Receiving TDs in a Season 13 - Ethan Dossett (2017)
Receiving TDs in a Game 6 - Ethan Dossett (2017, Ballard Memorial)*
* Recognized in State (KHSAA) and National (NFHS) Record Books - Tied for State Record
Receptions in a Season 70 - Ethan Dossett (2017)
Receptions in a Game 13 - Ethan Dossett (2017, Ballard Memorial)
Tackles in a Career 375 - Adam Beavers (2014-2017)
Tackles for Loss in a Career 47 - Adam Beavers (2014-2017)
Tackles for Loss in a Season 26 - Adam Beavers (2017)
Sacks in a Career 17 - Adam Beavers (2014-2017)
Points Scored in a Season 166 - Devon Nesbitt (2017)
PATs Made in a Season 43 - Cody Belt (2017)

Made PAT % in a Career 91.67% - Cody Belt (2014-2017) 44/48 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Starnes era ends 44-8 in state quarterfinal

Coach Starnes and his wife and daughter talk to WPSD-TV
after the game, which signaled the end to his 27-year career
as football coach at Crittenden County.
MARION, Ky. – The Al Starnes coaching era that started 27 seasons ago came to an end Friday night with a 44-8 loss to Campbellsville in a Class A state quarterfinal at Rocket Stadium.

The Eagles’ dominating ground game took command of the regional championship game early as Devonte Cubit rushed for 181 yards and five touchdowns.

Campbellsville (7-6) took a 23-8 lead into halftime and then scored on three of five possessions in the final two periods. Late in the fourth period, the reality of it all began setting in on the longtime Rocket skipper, who had guided his team to a fourth trip the state quarterfinals.

“A lot was going through my mind,” Starnes recalled as the seconds ticked away on the most successful coaching tenure in Rocket football history. “The biggest thing was how these kids were fighting until the very end. They have nothing to hold their heads down about. They were district champions and regional runner-up.”

While Crittenden (8-5) was struggling to get its offense on track – it had no first downs in the pivotal third period when Campbellsville began to pull away – the Eagles piled up 338 yards rushing with two backs over 100 yards.

Senior Brady Birk brings down Eagle running back
Devonte Cubit, who rushed for five TDs.
“They’re a heck of a football team. We knew that coming in,” Starnes said. “We couldn’t stop them. We would try to key on one running back and they’d give it to the others.”

Starnes said finishing his career at home was a significant opportunity.

“I thank these kids for allowing me to finish it at home. It means so much to me and family. We will forever remember that. These kids accomplished more than they understand. It was a great year.”

This season, the Rockets won a district championship, the sixth since Starnes has been coach and eighth all time and they played in a regional championship game for the sixth time in school history. Starnes guided the Rockets to four of those quarterfinal berths and his boys won the crown in 2008.

Although his head coaching career is complete, Starnes said he plans to be on the Crittenden sideline next season to be part of what he predicts will be another great year for Rocket football. 

Campbellsville 16 7 7 14
Crittenden Co. 8 0 0 0

Ca-Devonte Cubit 7 run (Charlie Pettigrew run) 4:44, 1st
Cr-Hunter Boone 1 run (Cody Belt pass from Boone) 2:33, 1st
Ca-Cubit 16 run (Pettigrew run) :24, 1st
Ca-Cubit 6 run (Bryce Richardson kick) 4:04, 2nd
Ca-Cubit 9 run (Richardson kick) 8:16, 3rd
Ca-Cubit 2 run (kick failed) 11:57, 4th
Ca-Cubit 15 run (Braden Paige run) 9:00, 4th

First Downs: Crittenden 10, Campbellsville 15
Penalties: Crittenden 2-10, Campbellsville 6-45
Rushing: Crittenden 20-49, Campbellsville 52, 338
Passing: Crittenden 11-23-1, 178 yds., Campbellsville 4-7-1, 66 yds.
Total Yards: Crittenden 227, Campbellsville 404
Fumbles/Lost: Crittenden 2-1, Campbellsville 0-0

Crittenden: Devon Nesbitt 10-29, Xander Tabor 5-11, Caden McCalister 1-2, Boone 4-7. Campbellsville: Cubit 28-181, Malachi Croley 6-50, DeaSean VanCleave 4-45, Pettigrew 12-110, Riggie Thomas 1-(-5), Pagie 1-2.
Crittenden: Boone 10-22-1, 141 yds., Nesbitt 1-1-0, 37 yds. Campbellsville: Arren Hash 4-7-1, 66 yds.
Crittenden: Ethan Dossett 5-91, Branen Lamey 2-24, Belt 4-63. Campbellsville: VanCleave 2-34, Dakota Reardon 2-32.
A. Beavers: 12 solo, 10 asst, TFL
C. Belt: 5 asst
B. Birk: 2 solo, 4 asst
K. Castiller: solo, 2 asst
J. Estes: solo, 8 asst
M. Hunt: 4 solo, 7 asst
M. Joyce: solo, 4 asst
B. Lamey: 4 solo, 2 asst, TFL
S. O'Leary: 4 solo, 15 asst, FR
P. Riley: 4 solo, 5 asst
H. Jones: 5 asst
T. Boone: 12 solo, 6 asst, INT
C. McCalister: 5 solo, 3 asst, TFL
B. Winders: 5 solo, 5 asst, TFL
Records: Crittenden 8-5, Campbellsville 7-6