|Lance Wallace gets drug down on a gain near the goal line.|
The Rockets won the game 27-13, but the Storm – winless in their last 28 games – pulled to within one midway through the third quarter on DeAven Wilson's 88-yard interception return.
Crittenden had seemingly taken command of the game early. Wallace had scored on a long TD run in the first and a sustained drive in the second quarter ended on a Wallace four-yard score. The Rockets appeared on the verge of making it a three-touchdown advantage when Wilson picked off a fourth-down pass by CCHS quarterback Nick Castiller and returned it to the opposite end zone.
The Rockets held a tenuous 14-7 lead at the half then Wilson really made it interesting with his pick-6 just as the CCHS offense began to sputter.
In the third quarter, Crittenden had to use a couple of its second-half timeouts when the offense couldn't get lined up right. Its running backs were losing their footing on the rain-glazed grass and the offensive timing was clearly off until the final period rolled around.
In the fourth, Wallace capped a 50-yard scoring drive with a nine-yard run then defensive lineman Travis McKinney recovered a fumble by Central's quarterback to set up the Rockets' final touchdown. Wallace ran that one in from 10 yards and he was named the Player of the Game.
It was the final game in the Warrior Bowl Series. Caldwell County had beaten Union County in the Friday night bowl game. Rocket coach Al Starnes said the partnership with the National Guard has been wonderful over the past six years and 12 bowl games.
Crittenden has a bye week coming up before turning its attention to a game against Union County.
|The Rockets claim another Warrior Bowl trophy.|
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Hopkins Central 0 7 6 0
Crittenden County 7 7 0 13
C-Lane Wallace 66 run (Dylan Hicks kick) 4:40, 1st
C-Wallace 4 run (Hicks kick) 10:35, 2nd
H-DeAven Wilson 88 interception return (Skyler Hibbs kick) 6:19, 2nd
H-Wilson 94 run (run failed) 5:03, 3rd
C-Wallace 9 run (kick failed) 6:51, 4th
C-Wallace 10 run (Hicks kick) 3:10, 4th
First Downs: Crittenden 15, Central 5
Penalties: Crittenden 6-45, Central 8-55
Rushing: Crittenden 45-300, Central 32-162
Passing: Crittenden 4-8-1, 30 yds., Central 0-4-0
Total Yards: Crittenden 330, Central 162
Fumbles/Lost: Crittenden 0-0, Central 3-2
Crittenden: Wallace 23-215, Nick Castiller 7-33, Dylan Hollis 3-11, Maeson Myers 10-33, Noah Dickerson 1-5. Central: Wilson 18-145, Austin Franklin 6-2, Chaseton Hancock 2-7, Henry Killebrew 2-17, Kendall Jackson 1-5.
Crittenden: Castiller 4-8-1, 30 yds. Central: Austin Franklin 0-4-0.
Crittenden: Dickerson 2-17, Hollis 1-8, Adam Beavers 1-5.
Beavers solo; Birdwell 4 solos, 3 assists; Castiller 2 solos, 5 assists, TFL; Coleman solo, 2 assists; Cosby assist; Dickerson solo, 2 assists; Fitzgerald 2 solos, 4 assists, TFL; N.Greenwell solo; Hollis 6 solos, 7 assists; E.Hunt 2 assist; A.McKinney assist; T.McKinney 3 solos, 2 assists, sack, caused fumble, fumble recovery; Myers 2 solos, 3 assists, sack, fumble recovery; Robinson 4 solos, sack, TFL; Smith assists; Wallace 4 solos, 7 assists, TFL, caused fumble.
Pizza Hut Players of the Game
Defense Dylan Hollis, Offense Lane Wallace, Lineman Travis McKinney.
Records: Crittenden 2-0, Hopkins Central 0-2