The Storm squandered a few chances to escape with win
There are growing pains to growing a program. Last night, our Storm invaded a tough place to escape with a victory in Marion, Kentucky. The Rockets from Crittenden County have compiled a 30-18 record over the four seasons entering ’23 and that includes a 5-7 work slate in 2021. Still, the Storm were “right there” with plenty of opportunity to leave town 3-1. Instead, the Storm will brace for a visit from Union County to Morton’s Gap in a district contest one might label “pivotal.”HB Lyon, Cheif Scout, KPGFootball
Marion, KY: Hopkins County Central invaded Marion, Kentucky last night with a tough task at hand. Find away to ground the Rockets and in their own friend confines no less.
Some things are easier said than done. Still, Central was right in the thick of the contest with plenty of opportunities to win the game.
For those of you who don’t know, classification means little in the commonwealth visa vie the quality of a football team or program. Par example, Mayfield, 2A, smoked McCracken, 48-14, in spite of the Mustangs being a 6A ball club. Example number two, Owensboro Catholic, 2A, were able to get by 5A powerhouse, Owensboro Senior High (Red Devils), last night, 33-28.
We told you that to tell you this…good ball clubs in Kentucky come in all shapes and sizes. Crittenden County is a tough customer.
The Rockets are 1A, but they are western-Kentucky, 1A royalty on the western end of the commonwealth outside the Derby City (Louisville). Are they Pikeville or Raceland? Not quite, but they aren’t too terribly far removed.
Crittenden entered the season coming off a 30-18 over the previous four. They were 1-2 entering the game but the losses were to 3A powerhouse, Union County, and 6A, McCracken.
Central entered the evening 2-1. The Storm was coming off an inner-city affair which saw their chief rivals run up the score in the game’s waning moments. Central was looking to right the ship. They didn’t; but they came pretty close.
First of all, the offensive line must have played a whale of a game for the Storm. Offensive line play is hard to judge, but when a team rushes for 202-yards against a program like Crittenden County, that is a building block upon good teams and good programs are most easily constructed.
Calil McNary gained 92-hard yards last night on 16-carries. The Storm were held to 11-first downs, were three of 10 on third down, and 0-3 on fourth down, with 2-thrown picks.
All of that being said, the Storm only lost by 5-points, on the road, with plenty of chances to arrest victory from the jowls of defeat. The true tough sledding is about to commence.
Union County will come to Morton’s Gap and we won’t lie, they will be 30-plus, point favorites with a 98% chance of winning. That will make our upsetting them all the more earth-shattering.
We are convinced at KPGFootball, Central has the requisite talent to compete on any given night, and win on any given night. Let’s go out there loose, not worry about anything else but enjoying the greatest sport there is at its greatest level of experience, and let’s shock the world!
This is Fletcher W. Long, reporting for KPGFootball, reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!
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