MARION, Ky. - The Rockets scored on seven of their first eight possessions, including a 71-yard kickoff return to start the second half as third-ranked Crittenden County rolled past winless Webster County 49-8 in a non-district matchup at Rocket Stadium.
Webster's offense was on its heels the entire game as Class A's best defense pounded the Trojan runners into submission. Webster never converted on a third down and ended up punting the ball away nine times. Minus 40 yards on the ground on two plays late in the game – which set up its only touchdown against the Rocket reserves – Webster managed just 21 yards rushing.
Gray, the Rocket quarterback, ran for a game-high 106 yards and threw for 71, including two touchdown strikes to tight end Dylan Clark. It was the second time in two weeks Gray has thrown for a pair of touchdowns in a single game, but just the third in the three-year starter's career. The Rocket passing game is clearly improving. Gray was a very efficient 5-for-6 with no interceptions.
Also playing safety on defense, Gray intercepted a pass to set up Crittenden's first touchdown. The Rockets punted on their first series of the game, but scored every time thereafter until the second string came on late.
The Rockets will be at home again next week against arch-rival Caldwell County.
Pictured above is Rocket linebacker Jackie Fletcher stopping a Webster running play. Below is Rocket running back Andrew Freeman running for a first down.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Webster County 0 0 0 8
Crittenden County 15 20 14 0
CC-Dylan Clark 27 pass from J.D. Gray (Andrew Freeman run) 5:58, 1st
CC-Brian Berry 8 run (J.R. Adams kick) 3:08, 1st
CC-Freeman 2 run (Adams kick) 9:05, 2nd
CC-Gray 47 run (Adams kick) 4:44, 2nd
CC-Clark 18 pass from Gray (kick failed) 1:03, 2nd
CC-Gray 71 kickoff return (Adams kick) 11:47, 3rd
CC-Dustin Hernandez 7 run (Adams kick) 7:15, 3rd
WC-Lakin Benson 17 pass from Landon Harting (Harting run) 1:26, 4th
First Downs: Crittenden 11, Webster 4
Penalties: Crittenden 3-30, Webster 4-35
Rushing: Crittenden 36-265, Webster 24-61
Passing: Crittenden 5-6-0, 71 yds., Webster 5-15-1, 58 yds.
Total Yards: Crittenden 336, Webster 119
Fumbles/Lost: Crittenden 1-0, Webster 1-0
Rushing: Crittenden-Gray 8-106, Freeman 5-50, Berry 6-47, Bowe Wallace 2-27, Bryce Willis 4-13, Devin Wallace 3-7, Tanner Nix 1-6, Hernandez 5-5, Lasse Thunbo 2-4. Webster-Steven Hargrove 7-47, James Nance 8-13, Nick Hoover 6-3, Harting 3-(-2).
Passing: Crittenden-Gray 5-6-0, 71 yds. Webster-Harting 5-15-1, 58 yds.
Receiving: Crittenden-Clark 4-58, Nix 1-13. Webster-Benson 2-36, Hargrove 2-11, Nance 1-11.
Defense: A.Berr 4 solos, 4 assists, 3 TFL; B.Berry 3 solos, 2 assists; De.Clark solo; Dy.Clark 6 solos, 2 assists, 3 TFL, sack; Collins solo; Cudnik 2 assists; Cozart solo, assist; Fletcher 2 solos, assist; Freeman 3 solos, 3 assists, sack; Gray solo, interception; Hernandez solo, 2 assists; Kirk solo; Knox 2 solos, 2 assists; Long 2 solos, assist; Nix assist; Piper solo, assist; Roberts solo; Thornton 3 solos, 4 assists, TFL; Tinsley assist; B.Wallace 2 assists; D.Wallace 2 solos, 2 assists, caused fumble; Werne solo, 2 assists; Willis solo, 2 assists.
Pizza Hut Players of Game: Defense Dylan Clark, Offense J.D. Gray, Lineman Aaron Berry.
Records: Crittenden 4-0, Webster 0-5