Thursday, November 27, 2008

Regional championship matchup Friday at Marion


Offense: Multiple
Defense: 50
Rankings: Rockets are 8th in Bluegrass Preps Class A poll. They are 7th in the Associated Press poll.

Player Report: Rodney Robertson is healthy for this game. When the two teams met in regular season, Robertson was wearing a large cast on his broken hand and rushed for just 31 yards on 9 carries.

Team notes: Rodney Robertson’s six rushing touchdowns last week was the most ever in a single game. Robertson tied the record for most points in a single game with 36. Robertson is just the third player in school history to record three 200-plus yard games in a career (Ronnie Moss and David Beverly were the others). Robertson is the second player to ever have back-to-back rushing games of 200-plus yards and the first to ever do it in the playoffs. Kicker J.R. Adams needs just three PATs to move into second place on the career leader list. Three more extra-point kicks would also give him the single-season school record. QB J.D. Gray needs 31 yards to give him 1,000 rushing on the season. Robertson already has more than 1,000. Only one other team has ever had two 1,000-yard rushers. That was in 1963 with Jimmy Hopper and Dennis Mott. The Rockets need 24 more points to set a school record for points scored in a season. They have 404 and need to get to 428 to set the record. Robertson needs three more touchdowns to set the career TD mark. T.K. Guess currently holds the record at 46.

Offense: Multiple, basic I Formation
Defense: 5-3
Rankings: Mayfield was No. 4 in preseason polls, but unranked at the end of the season.

The series: The Rockets are 1-10 all-time against Mayfield. The Rockets are 0-8 against Mayfield in playoff games. The series started in 1972 when Mayfield beat Crittenden 28-6. The teams didn’t play again until the 1995 playoffs when Mayfield won 35-14. Crittenden beat the Cardinals 27-24 for the first time ever on Sept. 26 of this season. Prior to that, the closest game between the two schools was last year in the playoffs when Mayfield won 24-21.
Player notes: Mayfield’s sophomore WR and DB Javarius Richardson did not play in the first game between the two teams, but he is okay for this week’s encounter. Richardson is Mayfield’s third-leading receiver and has four TD catches. He also leads the team with 2 interceptions. Additionally, Mayfield junior RB Tyreese Murrell was ailing in the first game. He’s reportedly injury-free for this meeting. Murrell is the team’s leading rusher.

Game Notes: Mayfield has won two straight coming into the game. The Cardinals have not won three straight this season... Since 1999, Mayfield has not lost a playoff game in which it has scored at least 15 points.... Over the past three seasons, Mayfield has played on the road twice in each postseason, losing its second road game each time. Crittenden County has scored more points this postseason (95) than ever before, even in during the state title run in 1985 when it scored 84 points... A Rocket win this week would be coach Starnes’ 125th victory at CCHS.

Scores & regional final pairings
Crittenden County 48, Ballard Memorial 7
Mayfield 24, Louisville Holy Cross 7
Mayfield at Crittenden County

Scores & regional final pairings
Beechwood 54, Ludlow 0
Frankfort 49, Gallatin County 8
Beechwood at Frankfort

Scores & regional final pairings
Lexington Christian 69, Williamsburg 48
Raceland 40, Fairview 20
Lexington Christian at Raceland

Scores & regional final pairings
Pikeville 27, Harlan 7
Hazard 56, Paintsville 14
Hazard at Pikeville