Friday, September 11, 2020

Rockets sputter in 22-0 opening-game loss

Rocket sophomore Preston Morgeson
had 3 catches for 23 yards.
PRINCETON, Ky. – Crittenden County was unable to unpack its potentially lethal cadre of offensive weapons Friday at Caldwell County and was defeated 22-0 by the Tigers to open the 2020 season.

The Rocket offense sputtered, puffed a time or two and hiccuped often en route to a performance few expected. 

Crittenden was shutout for the first time since last year against Union County and only the second time since 2016 – and yes, it was Caldwell that year. 

The Rockets have lost 11 straight to Caldwell County.

While the offense was virtually lifeless the biggest part of the time, Crittenden’s defense put up a valiant fight. 

Caldwell’s offense was just as unproductive most of the way, scoring its first touchdown with less than seven minutes left in the game. The Tigers got two field goals in the first period and its defense scored twice – once on a errant Rocket punt snap for a safety and again on pick-6, one of three interceptions it took from the Rockets.

Senior running back Xander Tabor rushed for 121 yards for Crittenden, but the net the team's total on the ground was 95 yards. Quarterback Luke Crider was thrown for negative 37 yards and was 9-for-26 passing.

Still, Crittenden coach Sean Thompson found some trust in his team.

“I really can’t be upset right now,” he said. “It was a lot closer than (22-0).”

After about a week in pads due to postponements in practice time because of the pandemic, Thompson said there’s much work ahead. The will host Class A power No. 2 Paintsville next week at Rocket Stadium. 

“I expected mistakes and we made some, three really big ones that accounted for 15 of their points,” Thompson said “We’re okay. Our defense is really good and we knew it would be. Our offense has to take care of the miscues and make sure we’re better next week.”

Crittenden   0   0   0   0
Caldwell      8    0  7   7

Cald-Blake Vivrette 31 field goal, 8:30, 1st
Cald-Vivrette 30 field goal, 3:15, 1st
Cald-Baron Wells 45 interception return, 11:38, 3rd
Cald-Tripp Branch 30 pass from Russ Beshear (Vivrette kick) 6:50, 4th

First Downs: Crittenden 9, Caldwell 18
Penalties: Crittenden 10-120, Caldwell 4-20
Rushing: Crittenden 28-95, Caldwell 46-66
Passing: Crittenden 9-26-3, 96 yds., Caldwell 18-26-0, 225 yds.
Total Yards: Crittenden 191, Caldwell 291
Fumbles/Lost: Crittenden 0-0, Caldwell 1-0


Crittenden: Xander Tabor 17-121, Braxton Winders 4-11, Luke Crider 7-(-37). Caldwell: Travion Samuel 22-55, Tate Vanhooser 1-2, Wells 3-3, Beshear 15-6.
Crittenden: Crider 9-26-3, 96 yds. Caldwell: Beshear 18-26-0, 225 yds.
Crittenden: Preston Morgeson 3-23, Kaleb Nesbitt 2-24, Tyler Boone 1-12, Brysen Baker 3-37. Caldwell: Branch 4-67, Max Kramer 2-28, Vanhooser 4-53, Wells 7-68, Samuel 1-9.
Noah McGowan 6 solos, 2 assists, TFL; Preston Turley 3 solos, 2 assists; Noah Perkins 5 solos, 2 assists; Ben Dobyns 3 solos, assist, sack; Braxton Winders 8 solos, 2 TFL; Tyler Boone 11 solos, 4 assists, 1 sack; Caden McCalister 3 solos, 7 assists; Lathen Easley 3 solos, assist, TFL; Ian Ellington solo, 2 assists; Coleman Stone assist; Luke Mundy solo, 2 assists, TFL; Brysen Baker solo; Trace Derrington 2 solos; Dylan Yates 6 solos, 6 assists, 3 TFLs, sack; Logan Bailey 3 solos; Maddox Carlson solo, 2 assists; Kaleb Nesbitt solo; Preston Morgeson 3 solos, assist; Zach County’s assist.
Records: Crittenden 0-1, Caldwell 1-0