Friday, September 28, 2018

Dossett gets record; Rockets beat Fulton 49-6

Ethan Dossett is the Rockets' new
 all-time receiving yards leader.
FULTON, Ky. – Crittenden County made quick work of Fulton City in the Rockets’ Class A First District opener, beating the shorthanded Bulldogs 49-6.

Fulton, one of the smallest schools in Kentucky to field a football team, barely has enough to play. The Bulldogs put 11 on the field and had two dressed on the sideline. Rocket coach Sean Thompson brought them into the Crittenden post-game huddle and celebrated their desire to play and respect the game.

“These guys have heart,” Thompson said, pointing to Fulton’s boys.

There wasn’t much hype surrounding this matchup where the No. 7 team in Class A was playing an undermanned, winless Fulton squad, but Rocket senior Ethan Dossett was able to reach a personal milestone. He caught just two passes, one going for a touchdown, and his 89 receiving yards was enough to vault him into the team’s top spot in the record book. Dossett now has 1,792 career receiving yards, eclipsing T.K. Guess’s previous all-time mark of 1,774. Guess played from 2002-2005 and is coach Thompson’s brother-in-law and former Rocket teammate. 

Dossett said he was too young to remember Guess as a player, but has heard many stories about him.

“It feels great, it’s great program with a lot of history and (football) means lot to our town. So the fact that I get to be remembered and put in in the record book is a great feeling,” Dossett said. (Hear more from him in video interview below).

Dossett put the Rockets ahead for good on the game’s first play from scrimmage when quarterback Hunter Boone hit him with a 65-yard scoring strike. From there, Boone threw two more TD passes and his backup Hunter Jones tossed one to freshman Luke Mundy.

Crittenden scored in a variety of ways in a game-deciding first period. Linebacker Tyler Boone gave the Rockets two points when he tackled the Fulton quarterback in the end zone for a safety, and lineman Lathan Easley blocked a punt, scooped it up at the three and stepped across the goal line for a touchdown. Linebacker Braxton Winders recovered a fumble and returned it for six points.

The Rocket defense continued its streak of superb outings. While the first-team defense was the on the field, Fulton was whitewashed, gaining positive yards on just one of 14 offensive plays. The Bulldogs were thrown for net minus-45 yards while the regular defense was in the game.

An obscure team record that was broken in the matchup was the number of offensive plays it took the Rockets to dispatch the 'Dogs – just 22. That's a new standard, breaking the previous mark of the fewest CCHS offensive plays in a game by three. 

The victory gives the Rockets a 1-0 mark in the district and 5-1 overall record with a showdown at home in 2 weeks against a surprising Fulton County (4-2), which lost a 23-22 heartbreaker to Russellville this week after leading 22-8. Crittenden will be on the road next week at (2-4) Ballard Memorial, which beat Webster County 58-34 this week.

Crittenden Co. 36 13 0 0
Fulton City 0 6 0 0

C-Ethan Dossett 65 pass from Hunter Boone (Parkers Johnson kick) 11:51, 1st
C-Gavin Dickerson 9 pass from Boone (kick failed) 9:10, 1st
C-Devon Nesbitt 5 pass from Boone (Johnson kick) 6:53, 1st
C-Lathan Easley block punt and 3 return (Johnson kick) 4:30, 1st
C-Nesbitt 43 run (Johnson kick) :55, 1st
C-Safety Tyler Bonne tackle, :46, 1st
C-Luke Mundy 7 pass from Hunter Jones (kick failed) 7:43, 2nd
C-Braxton Winders 32 fumble return (Perkins kick) 5:08, 2nd
F-Jordon Lannom 88 run (run failed) :05, 2nd

First Downs: Crittenden 4, Fulton 4
Penalties: Crittenden 2-20, Fulton 6-30
Rushing: Crittenden 12-53, Fulton 20-76
Passing: Crittenden 8-10-0, 150 yds., Fulton 2-8-0, 22 yds.
Total Yards: Crittenden 203, Fulton 98
Fumbles/Lost: Crittenden 1-1, Fulton 3-3

Crittenden: Nesbitt 1-43, Xander Tabor 2-2, Keifer Marshall 3-6, Maddox Carlson 2-14, Luke Crider 2-(-12), Jones 1-(-9). Fulton: Lannom 8-94, Ladarius Coble 3-7, Hunter Hayes 9-(-25). 
Crittenden: Boone 7-8-0, 143 yds., Jones 1-1-0, 7 yds., Crider 0-1-0. Fulton: Hayes 2-8-0, 22 yds.
Crittenden: Dossett 2-89, Dickerson 2-30, Payton Riley 1-7, Branen Lamey 1-12, Nesbitt 1-5, Mundy 1-7. Fulton: Kire Tribble 2-22.
Dickerson solo, assist, TFL; Joyce solo, 2 assists; Kinnis 2 solos, 2 assists, caused fumble; Lamey 2 solos; O’Leary 6 solos, 4 TFLs, sack; Gobin solo, TFL; Guess 4 solos; Jones solo, assist; T.Boone 3 solos, 2 assists, 2 TFLs, sack; Perkins 4 solos, assist; Tabor assist; Winders solo, assist, fumble recovery; Carlson 2 solos, assist, fumble recovery; Marshall solo; Graham fumble recovery; Mundy solo, assist, TFL; Sharp solo, caused fumble. 
Players of the Game

Offense Hunter Boone. Defense Sean O’Leary. Lineman Jake Gibson. Special Teams Lathan Easley.
Records: Crittenden 5-1 (1-0), Fulton 0-6 (0-2).