Friday, September 14, 2018

Slow start but Rockets cruise in homecoming win

Ethan Dossett (10) is now the career receptions
leader in school history.
MARION, Ky. – The 10th-ranked Rockets overcame a sluggish start to eventually cruise to a 48-13 win over Webster County on a night when the passing tandem of quarterback Hunter Boone and receiver Ethan Dossett achieved some personal milestones.

Crittenden stumbled out of the blocks – particularly on special teams – with a huge homecoming crowd in attendance that gave the now 1-3 Trojans some early opportunities on which they failed to capitalize. A couple of first-quarter fumbles by the CCHS punt return team, a missed field goal attempt and a fourth down inside Webster territory kept it close for a time.

The Rockets – who had come out like a blitzkrieg in its previous wins –  led by a 7-0 margin midway through the second period. Boone threw a first-period scoring strike to Dossett to put Crittenden ahead for good, but the cushion was thin for a time.

It wasn't until the Rockets' final three offensive possessions of the first half that they got on track, scoring on each of those. Sophomore running back Xander Tabor, getting his first start with senior back Devon Nesbitt sidelined after a slight concession the previous week, scored twice in the second period and Dossett caught another TD pass from Boone.

Dossett's two TD catches gives him the school's career record for scoring catches with 18, eclipsing T.K. Guess's previous mark of 17. By game's end, Boone had also surpassed the 400 passing completions mark for his carer, guaranteeing him a spot in the KHSAA all-time record book somewhere among the top 50 quarterbacks in Kentucky high school history.

Boone threw four touchdown passes in the game, none sweeter than a third-quarter, 29-yard strike to his sophomore brother Tyler Boone. (See video comments below)

"It's pretty cool to play Friday nights with my little brother and to hit him with our first touchdown pass was pretty cool," the quarterback said.

"Coach (Sean) Thompson drew up it up and I didn't see a safety over the top so I knew it was going to be there," said the receiver.

Defensively, the Rockets were dominating for most the game. Webster scored late after the outcome had been decided. The Rocket defense held Webster to just 23 yards rushing and if you subtract an 83-yard completion late in the game against the reserves, the secondary allowed only 63 yards through the air.

"The defense was rocking tonight," said cornerback Payton Riley.

Crittenden County will be back at home next week to face undefeated Union County.

SCORE BY QUARTERS
Webster County 0 0 7 6
Crittenden County 7 20 21 0

SCORING PLAYS
C-Ethan Dossett 27 pass from Hunter Boone (Parker Johnson kick) 3:53, 1st
C-Xander Tabor 8 run (pass failed) 6:15, 2nd
C-Tabor 4 run (pass failed) 1:40, 2nd
C-Dossett 30 pass from Boone (Gavin Dickerson pass from Boone) :09, 2nd
C-Tyler Boone 29 pass from H.Boone (Johnson kick) 10:23, 3rd
W-Daniel Yates 22 pass from Mason Wilson (Seth Ranes kick) 7:12, 3rd
C-Dickerson 1 run (Johnson kick) 4:52, 3rd
C-Branen Lamey 44 pass from Boone (Johnson kick) 2:31, 3rd
W-Shawn Guinn 2 run (kick failed) 3:50, 4th

TEAM TOTALS
First Downs: Crittenden 12, Webster 5
Penalties: Crittenden 6-65, Webster 5-30
Rushing: Crittenden 26-82, Webster 15-23
Passing: Crittenden 22-29-1, 325 yds., Webster 13-31-1, 146 yds.
Total Yards: Crittenden 407, Webster 169
Fumbles/Lost: Crittenden 3-3, Webster 2-1

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Rushing
Crittenden: Tabor 9-48, Travis Guess 5-0, Dossett 2-13, Lamey 2-5, Dickerson 4-8, Braxton Winders 3-10, H.Boone 1-(-2). Webster: Guinn 1-2, Tanner Robertson 12-(-2), Jacob Schuette 2-12, Wilson 2-11.
Passing
Crittenden: H.Boone 22-29-1, 296 yds. Webster: Wilson 13-31-1, 146 yds.
Receiving
Crittenden: Dossett 5-100, Payton Riley 5-75, Lamey 5-69, Tabor 4-14, T.Boone 1-29, Dickerson 2-38. Webster: Ayden Winn 6-107, Schuette 1-5, Tanner Robertson 1-0, Yates 3-33, Hayden Link 2-0.
Defense: Check back later
Records: Crittenden 3-1, Webster 1-4


Webster: Today's Game: At a Glance

By Andy Hunt
Webster County Series
Season - Location - Score - CC Result
1972 - AWAY - 6-7 - LOSS * Webster County's 1st Varsity Season
1973 - HOME - 0-14 – LOSS
1974 - AWAY - 6-6 – TIE
1975 - HOME - 20-0 – WIN
1976 - AWAY - 13-6 – WIN
1977 - HOME - 6-27 – LOSS
1978 - AWAY - 0-54 – LOSS
1979 - HOME - 12-33 – LOSS
1980 - AWAY - 0-14 – LOSS
1981 - HOME - 18-7 – WIN
1982 - AWAY - 0-14 – LOSS
1983 - HOME -12-7 – WIN
1984 - AWAY - 23-6 – WIN
1985 - HOME - 28-6 – WIN
1986 - AWAY - 13-0 – WIN
1987 - HOME - 48-36 – WIN
1988 - AWAY - 22-6 – WIN
1989 - HOME - 25-6 – WIN
1990 - AWAY - 0-20 – LOSS
1991 - HOME - 7-6 – WIN
1992 - AWAY - 21-20 (OT) – WIN
1993 - HOME - 7-35 – LOSS
1994 - AWAY - 12-40 – LOSS
1995 - HOME - 24-6 – WIN
1996 - AWAY - 22-7 – WIN
1997 - HOME - 18-7 – WIN
1998 - AWAY - 19-7 – WIN
1999 - HOME - 27-6 - WIN
2000 - AWAY - 13-48 – LOSS
2001 - HOME - 13-7 – WIN
2002 - AWAY - 7-14 – LOSS
2003 - HOME - 29-14 – WIN
2004 - AWAY - 34-7 – WIN
2005 - HOME - 47-6 – WIN
2006 - AWAY - 6-14 – LOSS
2007 - HOME - 33-21 – WIN
2008 - AWAY - 34-0 – WIN
2009 - HOME - 49-8 – WIN
2010 - AWAY - 53-0 – WIN
2013 - AWAY - 8-19 – WIN
2014 - HOME - 21-6 – WIN
2015 - AWAY - 48-12 – WIN
2016 - HOME - 28-6 – WIN
2017 - AWAY - 49-7 – WIN
CC leads the series 30 - 13 - 1 (70.5% winning percentage)
Since 1983, CC holds a 28 - 6 (82.4% winning percentage) edge in the series
Biggest win in the series for CC, 53-0 in 2010.
Biggest loss in the series for CC, 0-54 in 1978
CC has won 9 games in-a-row against Webster County.
Currently, CC is on a 10-game home winning streak against Webster County.
In the history of WC football program, they have played CC every year except 2011 and 2012.
WC has won more than 1 game in a season only one time since 2010 when they won three.
WC is 9-75 (10.7%) in their last 84 games.
WC is 3-43 (6.5%) in their last 46 road games.
Most Games Played Against A Single OpponentOpponent - Number of Contests
Caldwell County – 51
Russellville – 48
Fulton City – 45
Webster County – 44
Trigg County – 40
Ballard Memorial - 40
2018 Webster County 2A (1-3, District 0-0)
Week 1 – Hopkins Country Central (3-1, 4A) – LOSS – 12-20
Week 2 – Hancock County (2-2, 2A) – LOSS – 0-53
Week 3 – Union County (3-0, 3A) – LOSS – 8-37
Week 4 – Fulton City (0-3, 1A) – WIN – 38-8
Webster County has 30 players on its roster.
WC has scored the 11thfewest points in 2A this season.
Crittenden County Single Game School Records Versus Webster County
(Some Statistical Categories Unavailable)
Passing Yards: 251, Hunter Boone, 2017
Passing Completions: 19, Hunter Boone, 2017
Passing Attempts: 28, Hunter Boone, 2016
Passing Touchdowns, 4, Austin Berry, 2004
Interceptions Thrown: 3 (three times), Jimmy Hughes (1975), David Cozart (1987), Doug Campbell
(1998)

Receiving Yards: 119. Ethan Dossett, 2017
Receptions: 6, Alex Cosby, 2015
Receiving Touchdowns: 3, Gaige Courtney, 2008
Rushing Yards: 201, David Hunt, 2001
Rushing Touchdowns: N/A, minimum 4
Rushing Attempts: 27, Lane Wallace, 2013
Tackles: 26, Barkley Hughes, 1989 (School single game record for tackles in a game)
Tackles for Loss: 4 (twice), Adam Beavers, 2017 and Brady Birk, 2017
Interceptions: 3, T.K. Guess , 2004
Sacks: 2, Jeremy Woodside, 1995
Caused Fumbles: 2 (three times), Kevin Gilbert (1989), Josh Ipock (2007), and Nick Castiller (2014)
Fumble Recoveries: 2 (three times), Seldon Howerton (1973), Donnie Beavers (1973), and Greg Brantley (1975)
Longest TD Pass: 71 Yards, Dustin Hernandez from Bryce Willis, 2010
Longest TD Run: 89 Yards, Jerry Jessup, 1989
Longest Interception Return for a TD: 100 Yards, Jerry Jessup, 1989 (School record)
Longest Fumble Return for a TD: 92 Yards, Mike Hunt, 1975 (School record)
Longest Punt Return for a TD: 90 Yards, Tim Binkley, 1989 (School record)
Longest Kickoff Return for a TD: 82 Yards, Rodney Robertson, 2007
Longest Field Goal: 29 Yards, Alex Summers, 1984
Most Points Scored: 24, T.K. Guess, 2005
Record Breaker Watch – Week 4- Rushing TDs in a Career: Devon Nesbitt, 35 (Record holder: J.D. Gray, 40)
- Passing Completions in a Career: Hunter Boone, 383 (400 needed to qualify for KHSAA record book)
- Receiving Yards in a Career: Ethan Dossett, 1,608 (Record holder: T.K. Guess, 1,774)
- Receiving TDs in a Career: Ethan Dossett, 16 (Record holder: T.K. Guess, 17)
- Receptions in a Career: Ethan Dossett, 95 (Co-Record holder: T.K. Guess, 95)
- Yards of Offense (Rushing plus Passing Yards): Hunter Boone, 5,201 (Record holder: J.D. Gray, 5,394)
- Forced Fumbles: Gavin Dickerson, 9 (Record holder: Travis McKinney, 10)
2018 District Opponent Review – Week 4- Russellville, #16 (2-2) – Their two losses are to opponents that hold 4-0 records this season (Logan County and Glasgow).
- Fulton City (0-4) – Lost to Fulton County, 0-70 in week 3.
- Fulton County, #14 (3-0) – Beat Stewart County (TN) 38-37 last week.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

WEBCAST: Coach's Show Webster PreGame

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This week's Rocket PreGame and Coach's Show is full of information and entertainment. We stop in at Crabtree's Barber Shop for the weekly trivia question, visit with Uncle Mark for more on Coach T's football pedigree and get an animated narration from Rockets Gavin Dickerson and Branen Lamey about the Sideline Turnover Can. Watch Now.


Friday, September 7, 2018

Gap narrows, but Caldwell prevails 32-20

Post Game: Down, but not out...


PRINCETON, Ky. – That gap which has more often than not been a great divide was closed a bit, but Caldwell County still maintains an upper hand in this 50-game series.

Both teams came into Friday's border-rivalry ranked among the Top 10 in their respective classes, but the Tigers used a superb performance by their senior quarterback Joby Jaggers and the elusive speed of receiver Jameer Riley to – at least temporarily – take some wind out the high-rolling Rocket sails.

But the gap was indeed more like a small estuary instead of the oceanic canyon that has separated these two teams in recent years. The Tigers have beaten the Rockets 40 times in this series that started in 1958.

This fall, Crittenden County, which led 10-6 at the half, lost 32-20 at Caldwell County.
Rocket tight end Tyler Boone gains yards after
a catch, but this play was nullified on a
controversial call by officials.

The damaging tide didn't roll in; however, until fairly late in the night when Riley surfed to the end zone on two long pass plays of 66 and 78 yards to seal the victory.

Coming into this annual encounter, Caldwell had mastered the Rockets in nine straight wins, outscoring them 416 to 59 in those matchups since Crittenden last won 26-14 in 2009.

Crittenden is ranked No. 9 in Class A. The Tigers are 10th in Class 3A. From most observations, this was suppose to be a competitive game, and it was, but that was little consolation to first-year Rocket skipper Sean Thompson and his crew.

"Our goal is to be 1-0 every week," Thompson said as his team lost for the first time under the new regime. "We didn't come in here wanting to be competitive; we wanted to beat them."

Crittenden County took an early lead behind kicker Parker Johnson's first-period field goal and sophomore receiver Preston Turley's first varsity touchdown reception. But Caldwell scored on its opening three possessions of the last half to turn the table.

"Mental mistakes. We basically shot ourselves in the foot," said senior offensive lineman Jake Gibson, who recovered a muffed punt in the third period that set up Johnson's second field goal. That three-point kick tied a school record for field goals in a game and put the Rockets ahead 13-12. It would be Crittenden's last lead of the ballgame. 

"The (closeness of the) score doesn't really matter," Gibson continued. "We had them at the half, but it's the final score that matters."

Jaggers, who completed 21 of 28 passes, connected with Riley on Caldwell's first play from scrimmage after the Rockets had taken their only second-half lead on Johnson's field goal. That Tiger combo worked more magic minutes later for a 26-13 Tiger advantage and the Rockets' hopeful voyage was – for all practical purposes – doomed at that point.

Both teams swapped touchdowns down the stretch as Caldwell (2-2) won for the 10th straight time against the Rockets (2-1).

Crittenden will be back in Marion next week to host Webster County in its homecoming game.

PostGame Injury Report: Preliminary: Nesbitt possible concussion; Langston shoulder; Turley ankle.

SCORE BY QUARTERS
Crittenden County 3 7 3 7
Caldwell County 6 0 12 14

SCORING PLAYS
Critt-Parker Johnson 24 field goal, 8:30, 1st
Cald-Jameer Riley 7 pass from Jobe Jaggers (kick failed) 6:54, 1st
Critt-Preston Turley 6 pass from Hunter Boone (Johnson kick) 7:59, 1st
Cald-Travis Newcom 4 pass from Jaggers (kick blocked) 8:35, 3rd
Critt-Johnson 26 field goal :10, 3rd
Cald-Riley 66 pass from Jaggers (passed failed) :00, 3rd
Cald-Riley 78 pass from Jaggers (Russ Beshear pass from Jaggers) 8:20, 4th
Cald-DeErick Hollowell 5 run (kick blocked) 2:03, 4th
Critt-Ethan Dossett 20 pass from Boone (Johnson kick) 1:04, 4th

TEAM TOTALS
First Downs: Crittenden 17, Caldwell 11
Penalties: Crittenden 3-25, Caldwell 10-91
Rushing: Crittenden 43-127, Caldwell 21-157
Passing: Crittenden 14-27-2, 172 yds., Caldwell 21-28-1, 266 yds.
Total Yards: Crittenden 299, Caldwell 423
Fumbles/Lost: Crittenden 0-0, Caldwell 2-2

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Rushing
Crittenden: Devon Nesbitt 27-72, H.Boone 11-43, Branen Lamey 1-1, Xander Tabor 3-20, Team 1-(-9). Caldwell: Riley 6-48, Hollowell 15-109.
Passing
Crittenden: Boone 14-27-2, 172 yds. Caldwell: Jaggers 21-28-1, 266 yds.
Receiving
Crittenden: Dossett 6-70, Nesbitt 3-8, Payton Riley 2-28, Tyler Boone 1-25, Turley 2-41. Caldwell: Riley 3-151, Hollowell 3-9, Gabe East 2-31, Newsom 8-34, Oliver Parker 5-41. 
Defense: Dickerson 3 solos, assist; Joyce 3 solos, 2 assists; Lamey 2 solos, assist; Gibson fumble recovery; Nesbitt solo; O’Leary 2 solos, assist; Porter solo; Riley 8 solos, 5 assists; Guess assist; Jones 2 solos, TFL; Phillips assist; T.Boone 6 solos, 6 assists, 2 TFLs; Easley 2 solos, 2 assists; Ellington solo, assist; Tabor 3 solos, assist, interception; Turley 4 solos, 2 assists, TFL; Winders 3 solos, 4 assists, fumbler recovery..
Records: Crittenden 2-1, Caldwell 2-2


Rockets kickoff 7pm tonight at Caldwell County

Here are some things to chew on as the Rockets' big showdown at Caldwell County draws near.
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  • Crittenden (2-0) hasn't beaten the Tigers (1-2) since 2009.
  • Both teams are ranked in the Top 10s of their respective divisions. 
  • Crittenden No. 9 in Class A
  • Caldwell No. 10 in Class 3A
  • Former Rocket head coach Al Starnes will handle the coin toss for tonight's game
RECORDS WATCH
  • QB Hunter  Boone needs 69 yards to reach the 5,000-yd passing plateau and earn a permanent spot in the KHSAA record book.
  • Ethan Dossett has 236 career receptions. 300 will get him into the KHSAA all-time record book.
  • Dossett is 2 receiving TDs away from TK Guess's record 17.
  • Dossett is 236 yards from catching TK Guess in the No. 1 spot all-time in career receiving yards.
  • Devon Nesbitt is close to becoming a 3,000-yard career rusher. There are only 5 others in Rocket football history that have that many or more.
  • Nesbitt is also chasing scoring records.
  • See all the Rocket Records under the HISTORY tab at top of this page.


THE SERIES: AT A GLANCE

Crittenden County vs. Caldwell CountySeason - Location - Crittenden Result - Score1957 - HOME - LOSS - 0-32
1958 - HOME - LOSS - 7-41
1959 - AWAY - LOSS - 0-40
1960 - HOME - LOSS - 0-32
1961 - AWAY - LOSS - 0-33
1962 - HOME - LOSS - 6-47
1974 - AWAY - LOSS - 8-18
1975 - HOME - WIN - 19-6
1976 - AWAY - LOSS - 0-40
1977 - HOME - LOSS - 0-47
1978 - AWAY - LOSS - 0-20
1979 - HOME - LOSS - 6-28
1980 - AWAY - LOSS - 20-42
1981 - HOME - LOSS - 6-9
1982 - AWAY - WIN - 7-6
1983 - HOME - WIN - 27-20
1984 - AWAY - LOSS - 7-14
1985 - HOME - LOSS - 0-14
1986 - AWAY - LOSS - 7-32
1987 - HOME - LOSS - 20-47
1988 - AWAY - WIN - 28-7
1989 - HOME - LOSS - 0-20
1990 - AWAY - LOSS - 0-21
1991 - HOME - LOSS - 0-40
1992 - AWAY - LOSS - 0-28
1993 - HOME - LOSS - 0-8
1994 - AWAY - LOSS - 0-44
1995 - HOME - LOSS - 6-45
1996 - AWAY - LOSS - 7-26
1997 - HOME - LOSS - 0-42
1998 - AWAY - LOSS - 0-28
1999 - HOME - WIN - 32-7
2000 - AWAY - LOSS - 7-26
2001 - HOME - WIN - 10-7
2002 - AWAY - WIN - 8-7
2003 - HOME - WIN - 21-20
2004 - AWAY - WIN - 28-26
2005 - HOME - LOSS - 22-32
2006 - AWAY - LOSS - 21-48
2007 - HOME - LOSS - 7-21
2008 - AWAY - LOSS - 7-21
2009 - HOME - WIN - 26-14
2010 - AWAY - LOSS - 7-44
2011 - HOME - LOSS - 16-46
2012 - AWAY - LOSS - 0-49
2013 - HOME - LOSS - 3-50
2014 - AWAY - LOSS - 6-63
2015 - HOME - LOSS - 6-53
2016 - AWAY - LOSS - 0-49
2017 - HOME - LOSS 21-62

Xander Tabor and Devon Nesbitt