Friday, September 24, 2021

Rockets put finish on 23-point loss at Union

Rocket DB Logan Bailey works to get ahead
of Union RB Corinthian Seals-Portee
MORGANFIELD, Ky. – If there was any sort of consolation in losing 50-22 with a running clock that started in the second period, it’s that Rocket football coach Gaige Courtney coaxed a better second half out of his boys.

Crittenden put a finish on what was otherwise a lopsided game, rallying for a touchdown just before the break, then two more in the last half.

Union County established its dominance early with a powerful running game, then carved up the Rockets with precision passing. Fifth-year senior running back Corinthian Seals-Portee rushed for 127 yards to lead the Braves’ ground game that piled up 275 yards. Junior quarterback Cannon Sheffer was perfect, completing all of seven of his passes for another 145 yards.

CCHS junior linebacker Briley Berry said Seals-Portee ran low and hard.

“We had trouble tackling him,” Berry said. “It just came down to who was more physical.”

The Braves doubled the Rockets first downs, moving the chains 20 times to sustain an offense that appeared invincible against Crittenden’s multitude of missed tackles.

Union scored on every possession of the first half except its first when Berry stripped the ball out of Seals-Portee’s hands and turned it around 20 yards. Crittenden misfired in the red zone and Union responded with four unanswered touchdowns thanks largely to four intercepted passes.

Senior lineman Dylan blocks in front of QB
Luke Crider and RB Preston Morgeson
“That’s a good football team. We didn’t meet their physicality from the jump,” said first-year Rocket head coach Gaige Courtney. “There’s nothing I can honestly say. We just have to get better. We were not good enough in any aspect of the game tonight.” 

“The question is: ‘What now?’ Is this who we are or are we going to get better?” the coach said he asked his team following the game.

Crittenden did get better in the last half – at least offensively. However, the defense was still unable to slow the Braves. 

Rocket senior QB Luke Crider completed just 6 of 16 passes in the first half, but rebounded late to lead CCHS downfield for three scoring strikes in the final 25 minutes.

The Rockets (2-3) will host a Top 10 Class A team next week when Bethlehem comes to Marion. The 4-1 Eagles are ranked No. 6 in Class A. They were idle this week.


Crittenden 0 8 6 8
Union Co. 7 29 7 7

UC-Kris Hughes 18 pass from Cannon Sheffer (Collin Valley kick) 1:24, 1st
UC-Corinthian Seals-Portee 3 run (kick failed) 10:22, 2nd
UC-Rylan George 17 pass from Sheffer (Seals-Portee run) 7:57, 2nd
UC-Seals-Portee 24 run (Nalley kick) 7:07, 2nd
UC Jarren Johson 13 run (Iverson King pass from Sheffer) 2:18, 2nd
CC-Trace Derrington 18 pass from Luke Crider (Derrington pass from Crider) :42, 2nd
CC-Preston Morgeson 6 pass from Crider (pass failed) 9:28, 3rd
UC-Kanye Pollard 5 run (Nalley kick) 4:09, 3rd
CC-Morgeson 5 pass from Crider (Gattin Travis run) 10:00, 4th
UC-Seals-Portee 4 run (Nalley kick) 5:13, 4th

First Downs: CCHS 10, UCHS 20
Penalties: CCHS 8-62.5, UCHS 9-95
Rusning: CCHS 19-48, UCHS 35-275
Passing: CCHS 14-30-4, 138, UCHS 7-7-0, 145
Total Yards: CCHS 186, UCHS 420
Fumbles/Lost: CCHS 0-0, UCHS 1-1


CCHS: Morgeson 11-15, Travis 1-2, Crider 7-31. UCHS: Seals-Portee 19-127, Hughes 4-50, Johnson 9-62, Pollard 2-18, Sheffer 1-18.
CCHS: Crider 14-30-4, 138 yds. UCHS: Sheffer 7-7-0, 145 yds.
CCHS: Derrington 2-46, Logan Bailey 1-15, Brysen Baker 2-10, Morgeson 5-37, Kaleb Nesbitt 2-11, Case Gobin 1-16, Travis 1-6.
Coleman Stone solo, assist, caused fumble; Tucker Sharp assist; Holden Cooksey 4 solos, assist; Ben Evans assist; Trace Derrington 2 solos, 2 assists; Dylan Yates 3 solos, 3 assists; Logan Bailey 10 solos, 4 assists; Zech McGahan 5 solos, 4 assists, TFL; Hayden Adamson assist; Sam Impastato assist; Case Gobin 2 solos, 6 assists; Kaleb Nesbitt 4 solos, assist; Briley Berry 2 solos, 3 assist, fumble recovery; Luke Mundy 4 solos, assist.
Records: Crittenden 2-3, Union 5-1