Friday, October 27, 2023

Rockets beat Calloway 34-13 in finale

Rocket nose guard Brandon Mahnke chases
down the Calloway quarterback.
MURRAY, Ky. – Crittenden County closed out its regular season with a road victory at Calloway County Friday, beating the Class 4A Lakers 34-13.

The Rockets were once again marred by penalties which kept them from perhaps delivering a knock-out punch in the first half. Still, Crittenden used a couple of early interceptions and three touchdowns to lead by 13 at halftime.

In the third quarter, CCHS began to find its footing. The penalties dried up, the defense didn’t allow Calloway a first down in the period and the Rockets posted a couple more touchdowns to take a commanding lead 34-7.

The Lakers, playing their last game because they didn’t qualify for the playoffs, didn’t exactly go quietly. Their offense was able to move the ball against the Rockets in the final minutes, and Calloway turned a 99-yard, fourth-quarter drive into six points as time expired.

Gabe Keller and Caden Howard each had interceptions and Camron Belcher blocked Calloway’s attempt at a second-half, 50-plus-yard field goal try. Keller’s pick led to Crittenden’s first TD of the game.

Rocket quarterback Micah Newcom was quite efficient once again. His quarterback rating is the best ever for a CCHS signal caller. At Calloway, he completed 28-of-36 passes for 287 yards. Seven Rocket receivers caught balls with Belcher, Tyler Belt and Casey Cates each having more than 50 yards receiving.

While Crittenden piled up 324 total yards, it continues to struggle running the ball. Jacob Carder led the ground game with 25 yards on seven carries.

Now 6-4, the Rockets turn their attention to Todd Central for the opening round of the Class 2A playoffs next week at Marion.

Calloway's season came to an end at 2-8.


Crittenden County 6 14 14    0

Calloway County 0 7 0    6


Critt-Micah Newcom 8 run (pass failed) 1:36,1st

Critt-Tyler Belt 31 pass from Newcom (Caden Howard pass from Newcom) 6:38, 2nd

Call-Wyatt Robbins 11 run (Oscar Ovila kick) 4:17, 2nd

Critt-Newcom 21 run (pass failed) 1;45, 2nd

Critt-Casey Cates 1 pass from Newcom (Gabe Keller pass from Newcom) 9:14, 3rd

Critt-Caden Howard 1 pass from Newcom (pass failed) :06, 3rd

Call-Shaun Phillips 8 pass from Robbins, 0:00


First Downs: Rockets 16, Lakers 16

Penalties: Rockets 10-83, Lakers 13-135

Rushing: Rockets 21-37, Lakers 27-76

Passing: Rockets 28-35-0, 287; Lakers 22-41-2, 228

Total Yards: Rockets 324, Lakers 304

Fumbles/Lost: Rockets 1-1, Lakers 1-1



Crittenden: Jacob Carder 7-25, Tyree McLean 3-9, Newcom 10-11, Gaige Markham 1-(-8). Calloway: Logan Smith 8-40, Price Aycock 6-(-4),  Jessie Esparza 1-17, Robbins 11-25, Phillips 1-(-2).


Crittenden: Newcom 28-35-0, 287. Calloway: Robbins 22-40-2, 228; Aycock 0-1-0.


Crittenden: Camron Belcher 7-77, Howard 6-39, Belt 3-63, Gabe Keller 2-29, Casey Cates 5-53, McLean 4-23, Markham 1-3. Calloway: Aycock 6-60, Esparza 4-31, Peyton Weatherford 2-20, Austin Weatherford 3-31, Logan Smith 1-1, Joey Goucher 3-44, Carer Tudor 2-33, Phillips 1-8.


Gabe Keller interception; Levi Piper 5 solos, 2 assists; Gattin Travis 2 solos, assist, caused fumble; Bennett McDaniel 6 solos, 3 assists, TFL; Lane West 4 solos, 2 TFLs, sack; Casey Cates solo, 3 assists; Grayson James 2 solos, assist, 2 TFLs; Tyree McLean 2 solos, 2 TFLs; Kaiden Travis 2 solos, assist, 2 TFLs; Cameron Belcher 4 solos, assist, block kick; Braden Mahnke 5 solos, 2 assists; Caden Howard 9 solos, assist, interception; Brayden Poindexter 4 solos, assist, TFL, fumble recovery; Jacob Carder solo, 2 assists. 

Players of the Game: Offense Micah Newcom, Defense Caden Howard, Lineman Lane West, Special Teams Keegan Pierson.

Records: Crittenden 6-4, Calloway 2-9