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Rocket hammer Fern Creek, climb back into district race

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By Todd Martin

The Rockets put themselves right back in the middle of the District 4 race with a 39-13 thumping of visiting Fern Creek Friday. The loss was Fern Creek’s first against a Kentucky school, and put Shelby (6-2, 1-1) right Male (6-2, 2-0) in the race for first place in the district. Fern Creek (6-2, 1-1) will play Male next week, and the Rockets will host Southern (1-6, 0-2). Kris Taylor sparked the Rockets’ on a cold, wet night against the Tigers. The senior running back, who had just 92 yards coming into the game, shredded Fern Creek’s defense for 101 yards and two TDs on just 11 carries. While Taylor led the way, the Rockets followed with a total of 184 yards and five TDs on the ground. “The line was blocking good all night, and I just didn’t stop pounding,” he said. The Rockets held a slim 20-13 lead at the half after QB Branden Cresap rushing in from four yards out with just 10 seconds remaining in the half. The second half, however, was all Shelby County. Fern Creek took over on its own 23-yard line to start the third quarter, and the Rockets’ defense went to work. Nigel Beach came up with a sack on first down, Seth Myatt got a sack on second down, forcing Fern Creek into a third-and-19 when Greg Bates picked off Bryan Hynes pass, giving Shelby the ball on the 31. That defensive stand started a second half where the Rockets held Fern Creek to just 25 yards rushing and 113 yards passing. “We just came out and did what we had to do,” said Taylor, who also plays safety. Quinten Cottrell and Taylor both scored their second touchdowns of the game in the second half, and linebacker Daniel Dixie came up with the play of the game early in the fourth quarter. Dixie tipped a Fern Creek screen pass, caught it and rumbled 32 yards for the score. “The O-line (offensive line) ran the show tonight,” SCHS Coach Todd Shipley told the team after the game. “And the defense was huge.” For a full recap of the game, see Wednesday’s Sentinel-News.