Our DQ Grill and Chill Pigskin Previews resumes with Rockcastle County. This experienced group looks to put the Rockets back on the map.
Rockcastle County was 4-7 in 2010. The 2011 Rockets bring back pretty much everyone and this veteran group says they will use size and speed to win this year.
“These 11 seniors have been playing now for two years and going in to their third season,” Coach Scott Parkey says. “So we've had to go young and they have learned from that and they are ready to right the ship at this point.”
The Rocket offense starts with senior Running Back, Clarke Rowe. Rowe finished with almost 1800 yards on the ground and 17 touchdowns.
He says this offense and the ground game will be much better this season.
“That's what we're known for,” Rowe says. “We really want to just pound it to people and let them know we're going to run it and they can't stop it.”
But what good is a running back without an offensive line? The Rockets have all but one starter back in the trenches and know their play is pivotal to Rock's success.
“I know we try to make the backs tired when we run just so we can be that much better and say we're the fastest line out here,” Senior lineman Ben Lake says.
The Rockcastle defense will also be much better. Last year, this team gave up 28 points a game. The defensive unit does not expect that to happen in 2011 after how hard they have worked in the offseason.
“We've been working hard, extremely hard especially on our pass defense as well as the rush defense,” Senior Safety Spencer Childress says.
“I don't think anyone will be able to run the ball on us because we're really good at that,” Senior Cornerback Curtis Causey says.
The Rockets fly on August 20th against Sheldon Clark in the Thoroughbred Bowl at Harrison County.