Friday, September 4, 2015

Castiller shines again in 31-8 win at McLean

Nick Castiller looks for a receiver downfield.
CALHOUN, Ky. – Senior quarterback Nick Castiller is in good company when it comes to career firsts.

Right now, he stands totally alone as the only player in Rocket history to rush for 100 yards and throw for 200 in the same game. And he’s done it twice this season, including Friday night at McLean County as Crittenden won 31-8.

The Rockets remain undefeated after three games while McLean falls to 1-2.

The home-standing Cougars recovered their own opening kickoff and had a short field to start the game. McLean scored couple of long runs later, giving the hosts an immediate 8-0 lead.

The jubilation was fleeting, however, for the 2A Cougars. Crittenden reeled off four unanswered touchdowns and then tacked on a safety in the fourth period to seal the deal.

Castiller was a catalyst for the offense, as he has been through all three games this season. He carried the ball 18 times for an even 100 yards and threw for 201. The senior accounted for – at least in part – 301 of Crittenden’s 326 yards in total offense.

Jacob Russelburg looks for running room after
an interception in the first period that set up
Crittenden County's second touchdown.
Running back Dylan Hollis helped a ton, scoring a 90-yard touchdown on a screen pass in the second quarter that put the Rockets ahead 22-8. From there, CCHS had complete control of the game and its tempo.

Crittenden’s defense turned in a nice performance after adjusting to the Cougars’ flanking attack. Sophomore cornerback Jacob Russelburg came of age in this game, making some excellent plays against sweeps and intercepting a pass.

Senior corner Seth Birdwell also intercepted a pass and senior Travis Fitzgerald recovered the game’s only fumble. That set up the Rockets’ final touchdown in the third quarter.

Lineman Devin Hopper also makes the highlight reel with a two-point conversion run. He went into the backfield at fullback in what the Rockets now call the Big Bone – its wishbone short-yardage formation.

Crittenden will have its hands full next week, hosting 3A Caldwell County (2-1).

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Crittenden Co. 15 7 7 2
McLean County 8 0 0 0

M-Trevor Turley 31 run (Jakob Baldwin pass from Jordon Revlett) 11:31, 1st
C-Nick Castiller 10 run (Devin Hopper run) 8:17, 1st
C-Maeson Myers 4 run (Will Perkins kick) :32, 1st
C-Dylan Hollis 90 pass from Castiller (Perkins kick) 8:33, 2nd
C-Castiller 15 run (Perkins kick) 5:36, 3rd
C-Safety, 5:33, 4th

First Downs: Crittenden 15, McLean 9
Penalties: 7-60, McLean 12-104
Rushing: Crittenden 30-125, McLean 38-214
Passing: Crittenden 11-19-2, 201 yds., McLean 2-8-2, 13 yds.
Total Yards: Crittenden 326, McLean 227
Fumbles/Lost: Crittenden 0-0, McLean 1-1

Crittenden: Castiller 18-100, Myers 10-21, Hollis 3-4, Alex Cosby 1-0. McLean: Bryce Parker 14-99, Turley 9-84, Tyler Beals 4-7, Hayden Smith 4-16, Dakota Patton 1-3, Jacob Rickard 1-(-1), Revlett 3-1, Trayson Burroughs 2-5.
Crittenden: Castiller 11-19-2, 201 yds. McLean: Revlett 2-8-2, 13 yds.
Crittenden: Hollis 3-127, Cosby 3-40, Tyler Coleman 2-16, Myers 2-5, Ethan Hunt 1-14.
Adam Beavers: 5 Solo, 3 Asst., 2 Goal line stand
Jesse Belt: 2 solo, 1 Asst.
Seth Birdwell: 4 Solo, 2 Asst, 2 Goal line stand, 1 INT
Landon Brooks: 1 Asst., 1 Goal line stand
Alex Cosby: 2 solo, 2 Asst., 1 Goal line stand
Gavin Dickerson: 3 solo, 10 Asst., 2 Goal line stand
Jake Ellington: 1 Asst.
Travis Fitzgerald: 3 Solo, 4 Asst., 1 Fumble rec., 2 Goal line stand
Dylan Hollis: 5 Solo, 5 Asst., 1 caused Fumble, 2 Goal line stand
Devin Hopper: 2 Solo, 1 Asst., 1 Sack, 2 Goal line stand
Ethan Hunt: 2 Solo, 2 Asst., 1 Goal line stand
Mitchell Joyce: 1 asst.
Brannen Lamey: 2 Solo
Austin McKinney: 1 Solo
Travis McKinney: 2 Solo, 7 Asst., 2 Goal line stand
Maeson Myers: 3 Asst., 2 Goal line stand
Devon Nesbitt: 1 Solo
Paxton Riley: 1 Asst.
Jacob Russellberg: 4 Solo, 4 Asst., 1 TFL, I INT, 2 Goal line stand
Dylan Smith: 2 Solo, 9 Asst., 2 Goal line stand
Players of the Game
Defense: Dylan Hollis, Jacob Russelburg
Offense: Nick Castiller
Lineman: Travis Fitzgerald
Special Teams: Will Perkins
Records: Crittenden 3-0, McLean 1-2