Friday, September 12, 2008

Rockets fall 28-6 at Calloway

MURRAY, Ky. - Crittenden County had the ninth ranked team in Class 4A on the ropes early, but turnovers killed the Rockets hopes of an upset as Calloway County cruised to a 28-6 victory.

The Rockets trailed 7-6 near the end of the first half then it failed to stop the Lakers on an 81-yard drive to the end zone before fumbled the ensuing kickoff. Calloway punched in another touchdown after the turnover and just before the half for a 20-6 edge.

Laker quarterback Casey Brockman stretched the Crittenden secondary for 242 yards on 18-for-37 passing, which included two touchdowns. Brockman also rushed for another.

The Lakers scored just once more in the last half after Crittenden fumbled near midfield. Calloway also intercepted two Crittenden passes late in the game.

It was the Rockets second straight game against a ranked Class 4A opponent. Crittenden lost to sixth-ranked Lone Oak the previous week. This time, the Rockets were playing without leading rusher Rodney Robertson who broke his hand in the Lone Oak game. He is expected to be out for at least four weeks.

In the wake of Robertson's injury, Crittenden spread the field and went largely to the air against Calloway. Junior quarterback J.D. Gray completed half of his 20 passes for 64 yards. One bright spot was the emergence of sophomore Brian Berry as a receiver. Berry has played nearly every position on the field in the past two years – even quarterback and lineman – and Friday he caught three passes for 39 yards. He has two different jersey numbers to fit his various roles and wore both of them Friday at Calloway.

Following the game, Berry said he was glad to help the team in any capacity. He is looking forward to getting into the Class A district schedule starting next week with the Rockets' first home game against Fulton City, a 37-13 winner of Fulton County Friday.

The Fulton City game will also be Young Rockets Night and the Hall of Fame Game. Young Rockets are going to be recognized starting at 7 p.m., and the Hall of Fame induction for the 1945 Marion High and 1963 Crittenden County High teams will be at halftime.

Calloway 28, Crittenden 6
Score By Quarters
Crittenden 6 0 0 0
Calloway 7 13 8 0

Scoring Plays
Ca-Casey Brockman 10 run (Garrett Schwettman kick) 5:03, 1st
Critt-J.D. Gray 14 run (kick failed) 1:45, 1st
Ca-Tyrell Willis 16 run (Schwettman kick) 3:21, 2nd
Call-C.J. Dial 28 pass from Brockman (kick blocked) 2:18, 2nd
Call-Chris Dobbins 2 pass from Brockman (Schwettman run) 5:04, 3rd

First Downs: Crittenden 6, Calloway 19
Penalties: Crittenden 2-6.5, Calloway 6-45
Rushing: Crittenden 21-101, Calloway 39-120
Passing: Crittenden 10-20-2, 64 yds., Calloway 18-37-0, 242 yds.
Total Yards: Crittenden 165, Calloway 362
Fumbles/Lost: Crittenden 3-2, Calloway 2-2

Crittenden: Gray 15-79, Andrew Freeman 6-22. Calloway: Brockman 9-49, Josh Friedrich 3-14, George Garner 1-(-5), Willis 13-19, Austin Hargrove 6-25, Jordan Bumpus 4-20, Jordan Burkeen 3-(-2).
Crittenden: Gray 10-20-2, 64 yds. Calloway: Brockman 18-37-0, 242 yds.
Crittenden: Brian Berry 3-39, Gaige Courtney 4-14, Dustin McConnell 2-3, Joey Pluskota 1-8. Calloway: Chris Dobbins 9-111, Garner 5-69, Willis 3-41, Hargrove 1-21.
Clark 2 solo, 3 assists, sack; Courtney 8 solos, 8 assists, 4 TFL, fumble recovery; McConnell solo, assist; Gray 3 solos, 3 assists, blocked kick; Thornton 2 solos, 7 assists, caused fumble; Fletcher solo, 3 assists; Cudnick 2 solos, 4 assists; A.Berry 5 assists; Freeman 4 solos, 4 assists, TFL, caused fumble; Werne 6 assists; Pluskota solo, assist; Nix solo, assist; Long 2 solos, 3 assists, TFL; Copeland assist; Urbanowski 5 solos, Walalce solo, assist; Willis solo, assist; Hernandez assist; Atwell solo, TFL; B.Berry 3 solos, assist, TFL.

Records: Crittenden 1-2, Calloway 3-0

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