Friday, September 13, 2013

Rockets fall at Union County 43-6

MORGANFIELD, Ky. – The Rockets were brought back to earth Friday night after winning their first two games of the season then taking a week off.
Crittenden Daniel Wagoner (21), Travis Fitzgerald (55) and Noah
Dickerson (23) try to bring down Union's Heath O'Nan.

In their third matchup of the year and the first in Class 2A – although it was a non-district game – Crittenden County was overmatched by a strong Union County team that won 43-6.

The Braves (2-1) were led by senior twins Heath and Homer O'Nan. Heath O'Nan ran for 99 yards and two touchdowns while his linebacker sibling policed the field for Union's defense. He was in on seemingly every tackle during the early part of the contest when Union was making its statement.

Braves junior Christian Ricketson added to the hosts' scoring onslaught with a punt return and reception for touchdowns. He caught three passes from QB Davis Joiner for 60 yards.

The offensive highlights were few for the Rockets. Freshman running back Maeson Myers scored the only touchdown against Union's reserves late in the game.

Crittenden was unable to move the ball out of its wishbone attack so it turned to the spread offense early. Although Rocket quarterback Travis Gilbert completed eight passes, he was picked off at the goal line in the third quarter in the Rockets' only other scoring opportunity. 

Union's highly-touted playmaker Jarrell Foster did not dress for the game, and Crittenden running back/linebacker Dylan Hollis was out with a back injury. Hollis will be sidelined for at least two more weeks, perhaps longer.

The Braves and Rockets (2-1) both play in the First Region Class 2A and could meet again in the playoffs. Crittenden will be at Webster County next week.
Rocket end Travis McKinney takes aim at a Union ballcarrier.

Crittenden County     0     0     0     6
Union County           14    14  15    0

UC-Christian Ricketson 77 punt return (Tim Pike kick) 3:46, 1st
UC-Ricketson 36 pass from Davis Joiner (Pike kick) :42, 1st
UC-Heath O'Nan 19 run (Pike kick) 11:02, 2nd
UC-Freddie Joe Gaines 4 run (Pike kick) 3:52, 2nd
UC-Gaines 8 run (Pike kick) 9:08, 3rd
UC-O'Nan 3 run (Nolan Cowan pass from Ricketts) 1:35, 3rd
CC-Maeson Myers 3 run (run failed) 2:20, 4th

First Downs: Crittenden 7, Union 11
Penalties: Crittenden 4-35, Union 6-50
Rushing: Crittenden 32-72, Union 24-218
Passing: Crittenden 8-14-1, 46 yds., Union 7-9-0, 99 yds.
Total Yards: Crittenden 119, Union 317
Fumbles/Lost: Crittenden 2-1; Union 2-2

Crittenden: Myers 9-54, Lane Wallace 14-8, Brenden Phillips 4-6, Noah Dickerson 2-4, Nick Castiller 1-(-1), Travis Gilbert 2-(-1). Union: O'Nan 10-96, Ricketson 2-33, Gaines 8-41, Isaiah Skinner 1-4, Joiner 3-44.
Crittenden: Gilbert 7-13-1, 43 yds., Dickerson 1-1-0, 3 yds. Union: Joiner 7-9-0, 99 yds.
Crittenden: Castiller 1-1, Myers 1-3, Seth Birdwell 2-17, Dickerson 1-5, Wallace 2-18, Daniel Wagoner 1-2. Union: Ricketson 3-60, O'Nan 2-19, Stewart Davis 1-6, Wendell Anglin 1-14.

Caraway assist; Gilbert solo; Phillips 2 solos, assist; Tinsley 5 solos, two assists, 2 TFL; Wagoner solo, two assists; Dickerson 5 solos; Wallace solo; Castiller 3 solos, assist, TFL; Cosby solo, two assists; Fitzgerald 2 solos; T.McKinney 3 solos, 2 assists, TFL; Sitar solo; Myers 2 solos, 3 assists. 
Records: Crittenden 2-1, Union 2-1

Alex Cosby (11) and Nick Castiller (15) stop this Union
County pass in the second period.