Friday, December 9, 2016

Rockets have new opponent in 2017

Crittenden County has released its 2017 football schedule, which includes a team the Rockets have never played before and the renewal of an old rivalry. Gone are Todd Central and McLean County.

Todd Central dropped the Rockets and it appears that both Crittenden and McLean determined that it would best to let their series cool off a few years after the scuffle that broke out this fall.

New on the Rocket schedule is Stewart County, Tenn. The school is located at Dover, which lies at the southern end of Land Between the Lakes. The school is roughly the same size as Crittenden and the Rebels were 3-7 in 2016. One of their wins was against Fulton City.

Crittenden will renew its series with Trigg County. The teams have played one another a number of times throughout history, but regular meetings ended after the 2012 season, largely due to scheduling conflicts. Trigg is currently a 3A team and was 3-7 this past season.

Otherwise, the schedule will include the same non-district opponents. The only major change is that Hopkins Central will move to the last game of the year instead of early in the season, which has been customary since the teams started playing one another.

The Rockets will have a bye week on the second week of season. Their open week this past fall was in the last week of the season, right before playoffs.

Next season will be especially noteworthy because it is expected to be Coach Al Starnes’ 27th and final year as the Rocket head coach.

Rocket Football 2017
Aug. 11 Scrimmage Calloway (H)
Aug. 18 at Stewart County, Tenn.
Aug. 25 Open
Sept. 1 Trigg County
Sept. 8 Caldwell County
Sept. 15 at Webster County
Sept. 22 at Union County
Sept. 29 Fulton City
Oct. 6 Ballard Memorial
Oct. 13 at Fulton County
Oct. 20 Russellville
Oct. 27 at Hopkins Central
Nov. 3 Playoffs