The Russellville Panthers take their 7-1 overall record to Marion, KY to face the Crittenden County Rockets on Friday night, October 23.
The Rockets with their 6-2 overall record will most likely be the best competition that the Panthers have faced in the last few weeks.
Both of these teams are coming off of one-sided on-the-road victories last week; Russellville beat Fulton City 70-24 and Crittenden County defeated Fulton County 50-6.
Both of these team are 2-0 in District play. Last year the Panthers were runner-up in District; last year the Rockets were winless in Class 2A District 1 (this is their first year in Class 1a District 1). Be sure that this will be a big game for both teams as each of them are hungry for that District title. This game will decide the Class 1A District 1 Champion.
Allowing for the Rockets’ one less victory than the Panthers, these teams match-up impressively on paper. Panthers have scored 211 more points than they have allowed; the Rockets’ games have been closer as they have outscored opponents by 111 points. The Rockets have allowed 1891 total yards and have gained 2752 yards; Russellville have allowed 1694 yards and have gained 3256 yards.
The glaring difference is in the running attack; the Rockets’ defense has allowed only 117 yards per game on the ground, while the Panthers’ backs have averaged over 350 yards per game. Watch for Rockets’ leading rusher number 15, Nick Castiller, averaging nearly 100 yards per game and passing for nearly 200 yards per game.
Kickoff for the game is 7 pm.