Friday, September 30, 2022

Close for 3 quarters, Rockets fall to late Eagle TDs

Quarterback Micah Newcom and
Offensive Coordinator Austin Berry
BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Crittenden County fell behind early before making a third-quarter comeback that fell short as No. 5 Bethlehem won 63-35 in a Class A showdown.

The Rockets trailed early 14-0 then were behind 28-7 at the half before scoring twice in the third period on runs by quarterback Micah Newcom to make it a one-possession game with just over six minutes left in the period.

However, the Eagles, who posted 322 yards passing behind college prospect quarterback Cooper Stone, scored four unanswered touchdowns in the final 13 minutes to make it a rout. Stone averaged almost 30 per reception against the CCHS secondary. 

The Eagles scored on big plays and two fumble returns in the second half. 

Offensively, the Rockets moved ball well at times, picking ups 16 first downs in the game. Tyler Belt rushed for 77 yards and Gattin Travis 66.

Bethlehem improved to 5-1 on the season and is projected to be a final four team in Class A's playoffs. 

Meanwhile, the Rockets fell to 2-4 and will have another long-district game next Friday at Liberty Creek, Tennessee (2-4), near Nashville. 

Coach Gaige Courtney, who had billed this matchup as a measuring stick for his Rockets, said there's still a lot of work to do.

Elsewhere in the Class A First District, Russellville beat Fulton County 38-32 at Hickman. The Pilots are now 2-5.

Crittenden Co.        0     7       21    7
Bethlehem      14    14    14    21

BHS-Justin Popovich 38 pass from Cooper Stone (Adam Winkenhofer Kick), 9:42, 1st
BHS-Zane Wickliffe 45 run (Winkenhofer Kick), 1:31, 1st
BHS-Wickliffe 28 run (Winkenhofer Kick), 9:46, 2nd
CC-Sam Impastato 3 run (Preston Morgeson Kick), 1:47, 2nd
BHS-Will Ray 46 pass from Cooper Stone (Winkenhofer Kick), 0:46, 2nd
CC-Micah Newcom 1 run (Morgeson Kick), 10:23, 3rd
CC-Micah Newcom 7 run (Morgeson Kick), 6:49, 3rd
BHS-Wickliffe 74 pass from Stone (Winkenhofer Kick), 6:27, 3rd
CC-Gattin Travis 9 run (Morgeson Kick), 3:42, 3rd
BHS-Hayden Osborne 45 pass from Stone (Winkenhofer Kick), 0:27, 3rd
BHS-Wickliffe 18 run (Winkenhofer Kick), 8:10, 4th
BHS-Ray 50 fumble return (Winkenhofer Kick), 7:45, 4th
BHS-Ray 45 fumble return (Winkenhofer Kick), 5:45, 4th
CC-Kaleb Nesbitt 3 blocked punt return (Morgeson Kick), 1:39, 4th

First Downs: CCHS 16, BHS 8
Penalties: CCHS 4-40, BHS 4-30
Rushing: CCHS 46-182, BHS 23-135
Passing: CCHS 11-17-1, 100, BHS 12-20-1, 322
Total Yards: CCHS 282, BHS 457
Fumbles/Lost: CCHS 2-2, BHS 0-0


CCHS: Travis 11-57, Impastato 1-3, Tyler Belt 10-72, Newcom 20-35, Caden Howard 0-(-8), Morgeson 4-23. BHS: Wickliffe 13-152, Stone 4-(-28), Cal Yates 2-7, Jacob Thornsberry 4-4
CCHS: Newcom 11-17-1, 100. BHS: Stone 12-20-1, 322.
CCHS: Rowen Perkins 1-6, Kaleb Nesbitt 3-27, Howard 1-23, Briley Berry 1-2, Case Gobin 1-21, Morgeson 4-21. BHS: Popovich 4-64, Ray 6-139, Osborne 1-45, Wickliffe 1-74.
Impastato 2 solos, 2 assists, TFL, sack; Case Gobin 2 solos, blocked punt; Perkins 2 solos; Nesbitt 5 solos, assist, TFL; Berry 2 solos, 4 assists; Morgeson solo, 2 assists; Seth Guess 4 solos; Zach Counts solo; Evan Belt solo, assist; Travis 3 solos, assist; Bennett McDaniel 4 solos, assist; T. Belt 2 solos, 3 assists, interception; Howard solo, TFL, blocked punt.
Players of the Game Offense Gattin Travis and Tyler Belt, Special Teams Kaleb Nesbitt, Linemen Phoenix Clayton and Kaden Travis.
Records: CCHS 2-4, BHS 5-1