Saturday, September 1, 2018

Rockets rewrite history at Trigg County

CADIZ, Ky. – The offense piled up 535 total yards. 

Senior running back Devon 
Nesbitt rushed for 202. 

CCHS quarterback Hunter Boone worked a hat trick on touchdown passes and even caught one himself.

Senior Ethan Dossett almost 150 yards receiving. 

And here's the rest of the story: The defense was better!
Tyler Boone (12) and the defense made life
miserable for Trigg Friday night.

Crittenden County (2-0) exorcised some evil spirits that had dampened several of the Rockets' previous excursions to Cadiz, beating Trigg County (1-2) for the first time in 20 years at Perdue Field.

The Rocket defense was stifling in a 46-7 win that stopped the Wildcat running game in its tracks. Trigg managed just seven net yards rushing and its generally explosive QB Cameron Jordan finished with minus-25 on the ground. Jordon did mange to throw for 132 yards, but the Rockets never let his offense into the end zone.

It was the largest margin of victory for CCHS in the 40-game series.

Trigg's only touchdown came on a Pick 6 from an ill-advised screen pass with Crittenden's back to its own goal line early in the contest. Otherwise, the Wildcats were lifeless against the Rockets' hammering attack.

“The defense carried us. Even though we scored a lot of points, it was the defense that set the tone,” said first-year Rocket skipper Sean Thompson.

The Rockets forced five turnovers and capitalized on them all. Linebackers Gavin Dickerson and Tyler Boone and nose guard Lathen Easley spent an unreasonable amount of time in the Trigg backfield making life miserable for a unit that has made its meal ticket running the ball out of its spread offense. Just seven of Trigg’s 28 rushing plays went for five or more yards and 15 times the Rocket defense stopped runs right at the line of scrimmage or behind it.

“We knew they have a couple of a good receivers and a great quarterback so we just based everything around them,” Dickerson said about the defensive plan coming into the contest. “(Jordan) averages about 125 yards a game so holding him to negative yards makes me happy and I know it makes (defensive coordinator Gaige Courtney) happy, too.” See more of Dickerson’s post-game comments in video clip below.

Crittenden zipped out to a 32-7 halftime lead, but the paced slowed dramatically in the second half. There were a half dozen or more injury timeouts (mostly Trigg players cramping) and lots of penalties, drawing the game out until after 10pm. 

The Rocket offense stumbled twice in the red zone in the last half, before finally getting back on track in the final period when Boone threw the last of his three touchdown passes. This one went to senior Branen Lamey. 

Sophomore running back Xander Tabor carried the ball four times on Crittenden’s final drive, punching in the last TD with just over two minutes to play.

The Rockets will be at Caldwell County next week.

Crittenden    19   13   0    14
Trigg Co.       7     0    0     0

C-Devon Nesbitt 22 run (Noah Perkins kick) 9:04, 1st
T-Jakobe Bridges 18 interception return (Daniel Martin kick) 5:37, 1sr
C-Ethan Dossett 8 pass from Hunter Boone (run failed) 4:18, 1st
C-Hunter Boone 10 pass from Dossett (pass failed) 2:30, 1st
C-Nesbitt 17 run (pass failed) 11:12, 2nd
C-Payton Riley 13 pass from Boone (Perkins kick) 8:05, 2nd
C-Branen Lamey 11 pass from Boone (Perkins kick) 11:08, 4th
C-Xander Tabor 3 run (Perkins kick) 2:20, 4th

First Downs: Crittenden 22, Trigg 10
Penalties: Crittenden 9-85, Trigg 11-101
Rushing: Crittenden 30-230, Trigg 28-7
Passing: Crittenden 25-40-3, 309 yds. Trigg 15-27-1, 132 yds.
Total Yards: Crittenden 539, Trigg 139
Fumbles/Lost: Crittenden 4-1, Trigg 7-4

Crittenden: Nesbitt 21-200, Tabor 4-45, Gavin Dickerson 2-(-2), Boone 3-(-13). Trigg: Cameron Jordon 17-(-25), Ryan Graff 1-11, Jude Hunter 3-5, Enron Carlson 3-6, Kyron Grubbs 1-1, Bridges 2-8, Beau Hendricks 1-1.
Crittenden: Boone 24-38-3, 299 yds., Dossett 1-1-0, 10 yds., Nesbitt 0-1-0. Trigg: Jordon 15-27-1, 132 yds.
Crittenden: Dossett 9-136, Nesbitt 7-84, Riley 3-27, Dickerson 1-5, Lamey 4-47, H.Boone 1-10. Trigg: Bridges 4-34, Kyron Grubbs 4-41, Josh Visingardi 1-4, Jude Hunter 2-21, CJ Ahart 1-19.
Dickerson 4 solos, assist, TFL, sack, 2 caused fumbles; Joyce solo, 3 assists; Lamey 4 solos, assist, fumble recovery; Nesbitt assist; O’Leary 6 solos, 2 assists, TFL, sack, fumble recovery; Riley 3 solos, assist; Gobin solo, sack; Guess solo; Jones 5 solos, 3 assists, interception; Phillips solo, assist; Tyler Boone 6 solos, 4 assists, TFL, caused fumble; Easley 5 solos, 5 assists, 3 TFLs, caused fumble; McCalister 2 solos, 6 assists, fumble recovery; Perkins solo; Tabor assist; Turley 2 solos, assist, fumble recovery; Winders 3 solos, 6 assists; Bailey assist; Carlson assist; Cooksey assist; Mundy solo.
Players of the Game: Offense Devon Nesbitt, Defense Lathan Easley and Sean O’Leary, Lineman Devin Porter, Special Teams Noah Perkins.
Records: Crittenden 2-0, Trigg 1-2

Senior LB Gavin Dickerson