Junior Xavier Coleman runs with the ball during the game on Friday. The Panthers lost to Crittenden County 41-3.

Junior Xavier Coleman runs with the ball during the game on Friday. The Panthers lost to Crittenden County 41-3.

It was a cold night nearly two hours from home for the Panthers and the fans who made the trip to Marion Kentucky. Russellville played at Crittenden county on Friday night for the second round of the Class 1A playoffs. Despite the frost that formed across the football field, the fuse on the Rockets burned red hot until the final whistle. The final was 41-3 in favor of the team from Crittenden County.

The Panthers were playing the Rockets for the second time this season. The first time around, Crittenden County barely escaped with a 21-14 win. The playoff game on Friday night belonged to the Rockets from the start.

The Rockets scored 14 points in the first quarter, with fireworks exploding over the scoreboard after each score.

Early in the second quarter, Russellville kicker Dustin Brown lined up for a field goal and put it through for three points. It was Brown's first field goal of the season. The score was 14-3 at that point in the game. The Rockets would add one more touchdown before the half to take a 20-3 lead into the locker room.

The score would be 34-3 at the end of the third. Crittenden County got a pair of rushing touchdowns from Xander Tabor.

The final frame was mostly quiet outside of another touchdown by the Rockets to make it 41-3. That score would be the final.

It was a cold night for the Russellville offense. Lennon Ries threw for 28 yards and one pick. Ries was also the leading rusher with 30 yards. The Crittenden County defense had an answer for nearly every play the Panthers ran. Josh Allen and Jackson Hampton each caught two passes from Ries.

The young Panthers end the season (4-8.) With only four seniors on the team this season, Coach Mikie Benton will have most of his players returning for next season.