Friday, October 30, 2015

Rocket miscues let Bombers score 55

Rockets Travis Fitzgerald, Gavin Dickerson and
Adam Beavers stop Ballard's Devyn Bledsoe.
LA CENTER, Ky. – After taking a 21-14 lead in the second period, Crittenden County started shooting itself in the foot – in rapid-fire succession. 

When the smoke had cleared, Ballard Memorial had scored six unanswered touchdowns and pummeled the Rockets 55-21. 

“I am concerned,” Rocket coach Al Starnes told his team on the field after the game. “If we play like we did tonight, we will not go very far in the playoffs. That was not us. We cannot make those type mistakes and win.”

Crittenden’s woes started when it failed to convert three Ballard turnovers into anything that would stick to the scoreboard. The Rockets came up empty three times in the red zone, turning the ball over on downs and throwing two interceptions. It's punts were short and the offense failed to move the chains when it counted. 

And that wasn’t all. Ballard took a fumbled kickoff return in for a touchdown then blocked a punt and got six points on a scoop and score. It was the second straight week Crittenden had allowed two TDs on special teams. 

Crittenden ends the regular season 6-4 overall, its first winning season in five years. The Rockets host Caverna (2-8) in next week’s Class A playoffs.

Crittenden County 7 14 0 0
Ballard  Memorial 14 13 16 12

B-Austin Cook 2 run (kick failed) 9:45, 1st
C-Nick Castiller 1 run (Will Perkins kick) 5:43, 1st
B-Erick Marinelli 1 run (Jamarion Williams pass from Marinelli) 2:49, 1st
C-Gavin Dickerson 5 pass from Castiller (Perkins kick) 9:58, 2nd
C-Seth Birdwell 21 pass from Castiller (Perkins kick) 9:03, 2nd
B-Williams 27 pass from Marinelli (Andrew Burton kick) :53, 2nd
B-Williams 20 fumble return (kick failed) :43, 2nd
B-Williams 4 pass from Marinelli (Burton pass from Marinelli) 5:56, 3rd
B-Burton 19 pass from Marinelli (Devyn Bledsoe pass from Marinelli) 2:39, 3rd
B-Dru Collier 10 pass from Williams (pass failed) 4:28, 4th
B-Conrad Hansen 34 blocked punt return (run failed) 3:23, 4th

First Downs: Crittenden 15, Ballard 17
Penalties: 6-46, Ballard 2-15
Rushing: Crittenden 43-154, Ballard 28-126
Passing: Crittenden 17-30-2, 150 yds., Ballard 15-23-3, 269 yds.
Total Yards: Crittenden 304, Ballard 395
Fumbles/Lost: Crittenden 1-1, Ballard 3-2

Crittenden: Maeson Myers 4-15, Gavin Dickerson 14-58, Devin Hopper 2-3, Charlie Johnson 3-11, Devon Nesbitt 2-23, Nick Castiller 18-44. Ballard: Collier 1-2, Tyrell Byas 4-14, Bledsoe 13-53, Williams 3-50, Cook 2-3, Marinelli 5-4.
Crittenden: Castiller 17-30-2, 150 yds. Ballard: Marinelli 15-23-3, 259 yds., Williaims 1-1-0, 10 yds.
Crittenden: Birdwell 2-23, Alex Cosby 3-35, Ethan Hunt 6-34, Tyler Coleman 4-50, Dickerson 1-5, Nesbitt 1-3. Ballard: Burton 5-34, Williams 4-70, Bledsoe 1-7, Collier 5-102.
Beavers 2 solos, 2 assists, TFL; Birdwell 8 solos, 6 assists, TFL; Castiller solop Coleman 2 assists, fumble recovery; Cosby 2 solos; Dickerson 4 solos, 2 assists; Fitzgerald 5 solos, 6 assists, sack, TFL; Hicks 3 solos, 3 assists, 2 interceptions; Hopper 2 solos, 2 assists; Hunt 2 solos, 5 assists, fumble recovery, interception; Johnson fumble recovery; T.McKinney 3 solos; Pax.Riley 2 solos, 5 assists; Russelburg 3 solos, caused fumble; Smith 5 solos, 7 assists, TFL.
Crittenden 6-4, Ballard Memorial 5-4