Friday, October 12, 2018

Rockets go ground for 59-8 win over Pilots

Braxton Winders (3) is congratulated coming off the
field by QB Hunter Boone following Winders'
fumble recovery. One of four for the Rockets.
MARION, Ky. – Senior running back Devon Nesbitt was walking around the football field with his helmet off after the game, taking bites out of a cheeseburger in his hand like a guy who’d just finished a hard day’s work.

Indeed, Nesbitt turned in another blue-collar effort for the Rockets as No. 7 Crittenden County blasted district foe Fulton County 59-8.

It was a rainy day at the office, which called for a little improvisation by the Rocket offense. Generally, a bit more air oriented, Crittenden took advantage of great field position the whole game – largely thanks to Fulton’s poor punting and four fumbles – and ran the ball down the Pilots’ throats.
Rocket freshman lineman Dylan
Yates sets block.

Nesbitt is now known as Mr. Six because he’s the school record-holder in a number of touchdown categories, including most TDs in a career and most career points. Friday against Fulton County, Nesbitt was on his A game for the second week in a row. He rushed for 189 yards and scored four times. He mixed in a little razzle-dazzle and even ran over a few Fulton would-be defenders en route to second straight week of more than 200 multi-purpose yards.

Fulton County (4-4 overall and 1-2 in district play) had taken Russellville to the brink a couple of weeks ago before losing by a point. That, coupled with an encounter between some of the Pilot and Rocket players off the field several days ago during school trip added some fire to this week's matchup. 

When it came time to clock in, the Rockets (7-1 overall and 2-0 in the district) outworked and overwhelmed the Pilots, sending a clear message to the rest of the region that the defending First District champion is poised for another title. Only Russellville stands in the way and the Rockets will no doubt be challenged next week on the road at Russellville despite the Panthers' 3-4 record. Russellville host Fulton City on Saturday and should come into next week’s matchup with the Rockets with a 2-0 district record. Crittenden beat Russellville by only a point last season to win the district crown.

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Fulton County  0      6    2    0
Crittenden Co. 15   15   22   7

C-Gavin Dickerson 2 run (Braxton Winders run) 8:14, 1st
C-Devon Nesbitt 4 run (Parker Johnson kick) 6:22, 1st
F-Caleb Kimble 35 run (run failed) 10:20, 2nd
C-Nesbitt 3 run (Dickerson pass from Hunter Boone) 8:00, 2nd
C-Nesbitt 20 run (Johnson kick) 1:26, 2nd
F-Safety 9:26, 3rd
C-Ethan Dossett 2 pass from Boone (Dickerson pass from Boone) 6:30, 3rd
C-Xander Tabor 19 run (Johnson kick) 5:14, 3rd
C-Nesbitt 3 run (Johnson kick) 0:00, 3rd
C-Maddox Carlson 6 run (Johnson kick) 3:03, 4th

First Downs: Crittenden 11, Fulton 4
Penalties: Crittenden 9-79, Fulton 4-38
Rushing: Crittenden 32-274, Fulton 38-107
Passing: Crittenden 9-18-1, 77 yds., Fulton 3-25-0, (-2) yds.
Total Yards: Crittenden 351, Fulton 105
Fumbles/Lost: Crittenden 0-0, Fulton 4-4

Crittenden: Nesbitt 18-189, Dossett 1-4, Dickerson 2-1, Travis Guess 4-28, Carlson 4-33, Tabor 1-19, H.Boone 1-1, Hunter Jones 1-(-1). Fulton: Kimble 27-110, Cameron McCauley 2-0, Dylan Hammond 1-0, Christopher Smith 3-7, Cameron Cole 1-4, Jerome Warren 4-(-14).
Crittenden: Boone 9-18-1, 77 yds. Fulton: Warren 3-5-0, (-2) yds., Kimble 0-2-0.
Crittenden: Dossett 2-22, Branen Lamey 2-13, Dickerson 1-9, Payton Riley 2-11, Nesbitt 2-22.
Dickerson 9 solos, 6 assists, TFL, fumble recovery; Johnson assist; Joyce 2 solos, assist; Lamey 2 solos, assist; Langston 2 solos, assist; Nesbitt solo; O’Leary 5 solos, 4 assists, sack, TFL; Riley 3 solos; Gobin solo, assist; Guess 2 solos, fumble recovery; Hayes assist; Jones 3 solos, 2 assists; A.Marshall solo; Phillips 4 solos, assist, 2 TFLs; Easley 5 solos, 5 assist, TFL, 2 caused fumbles, blocked punt; Tabor solo; Winders 3 solos, 6 assists, fumble recovery; Yates 2 solos, 2 assists, fumble recovery. 
Players of the Game
Defense Gavin Dickerson, Offense Devon Nesbitt; Lineman Devin Porter, Special Teams Lathen Easley.
Records: Crittenden 8-1 (2-0), Fulton County 4-4 (1-2)