Friday, September 26, 2014

Double-edged sword: Rockets fall to Mustangs

Nick Castiller was in the grasp of a Mustang defender while
teammate Dylan Hollis eyeballs the pitch.
GREENVILLE, Ky. – Despite piling up 280 passing yards Friday, Crittenden County was unable to pull off a win against Class 6A Muhlenberg County.

The Mustangs (4-2) prevailed 28-14 for a homecoming win, but Crittenden (3-2) kept it interesting until late in the fourth period.

Rocket quarterback Nick Castiller was within three completions of the school passing record and he tied the team's mark for most attempts. 

Sophomore Ethan Hunt caught five balls for a carer-best 111 yards receiving, and Dylan Hollis had 88 through the air.

Its passing game was a double edged sword; however, as two interceptions deep in Mustang territory helped the home team escape with the win.

Castiller was picked off in the end zone and at the Muhlenberg 20 which spoiled an otherwise breakout performance by the junior quarterback.

The Rockets had tried to move the ball on the ground early in the game, but Muhlenberg's defense stood firm, led by hulking nose guard Zeke Merritt. 

CCHS running back Lane Wallace, hampered by a chronic shoulder injury, didn't play much on offense, and by game's end two other Rocket starters were on the sideline with ankle issues, including backup tailback Maeson Myers.

Short handed in the backfield, Crittenden spread the field and started moving the chains. The Rockets had pulled to within 14-7 in the second period, but Muhlenberg answered with 69-yard reverse play to lead by two touchdowns at the break. 

The second half largely belonged to the Rockets as they heaped up yards via the air, but the interception in the MCHS end zone and a fake punt pass that failed in Mustang territory allowed the hosts to keep things in check.

The Rockets will play another big school next week, traveling to 6A Marshall County.

Travis Fitzgerald tracks down Muhlenberg QB Hunters Combs.
Crittenden County 0 7 0 7
Muhlenberg County 0 20 0 8

M-Hunter Combs 7 run (kick failed) 10:51, 2nd
M-Combs 40 run (DeBrayln Hampton run) 7:28, 2nd
C-Nick Castiller 1 run (Dylan Hicks kick) 3:36, 2nd
M-Raeton White 69 run (run fails) 2:25, 2nd
M-Combs 4 run (Combs run) 11:57, 4th
C-Dylan Hollis 1 run (Hicks kick) 9:26, 4th

First Downs: Crittenden 17, Muhlenberg 16
Penalties: Crittenden 4-45, Muhlenberg 8-75
Rushing: 24-39, Muhlenberg 41-346
Passing: 22-38-2, 280 yds., Muhlenberg 4-6-0, 35 yds.
Total Yards: 319, Muhlenberg 381

Crittenden: Wallace 2-13, Maeson Myers 8-21, Noah Dickerson 1-(-2), Dylan Hollis 3-(-2), Nick Castiller 10-9. Muhlenberg: Hampton 17-121, White 4-86, Demond Johnson 4-28, Logan Franklin 6-23, Combs 13-88.
Crittenden: Castiller 21-36-2, 251 yds., Dickerson 1-2-0, 29 yds. Muhlenberg: Combs 4-6-0, 35 yds.
Crittenden: Hollis 6-88, Ethan Hunt 5-111, Dickerson 6-45, Myers 2-3, Alex Cosby 2-27, Adam Beavers 1-6. Muhlenberg: Hampton 1-1, Johnson 1-15, Hunter Snyder 2-19.

Beavers 4 solos, TFL: J.Belt solo, 2 assists; Castiller 6 solos, 4 assists, sack; Cosby 3 solos, 4 assists; Dickerson 6 solos, 2 assists, fumble recovery; Ellington solo, 3 assists; Fitzgerald 7 solos, 7 assists, 3 TFL, caused fumble; N.Greenwell 3 solos, 4 assists; Hollis 7 solos, 3 assists; Hicks 2 assists; E.Hunt solo, 2 assists; McConnell solo; A.McKinney 2 solos, 2 assists; T.McKinney 8 solos, 4 assists, 2 TFL; Myers 2 solos, 5 assists, TFL; Wallace 4 solos, assist.
Pizza Hut Players of the Game
Offense Ethan Hunt and Nick Castiller; Defense Travis Fitzgerald, Lineman Travis McKinney, Special Teams Dylan Hicks.
Crittenden 3-2, Muhlenberg 4-2