JACKSON - The Neshoba Central football team accomplished one goal Friday night when the Rockets defeated Callaway 34-14 in the final regular season game of the 2018 season.

The Rockets claimed their 10th victory which marks the first time since 1993 Neshoba Central had won 10 games in a season. Now the 10-2 Rockets enter the Class 5A state football playoffs this Friday night when they visit Olive Branch. The Conquistadors come in at 10-1 with their only loss being a 34-33 decision to West Point.

“We have had a good season so far and this team has accomplished a lot” Coach Patrick Schoolar said. “But we want more. We are not satisfied; we want to keep rolling and move on to this round, and then the next.”

The Rockets had a 13-11 edge in first downs against Callaway. They rushed for 289 yards in 39 carries. Callaway  was limited to 57 rushing yards by the Rocket defense. The Chargers completed 10-of-16 passes for 77 yards, giving Callaway 126 total yards.

“It was another outstanding effort,” Schoolar said, “We are going to play tough defense and stay on the ground. That’s what we have done all season to get this far and we are not changing now.”

`   Callaway took the opening kickoff and drove 47 yards in 10 plays for a touchdown. The score came on a seven-yard run by Lakenith Thompson. The extra point was good and the Chargers led 7-0.

Neshoba Central took the ensuing kickoff and set up a scoring drive that would tie the game. Jarquez Hunter scored on a seven-yard run, capping a 10-play drive that covered 65 yards and produced four first downs along the way. Caleb Bradley’s kick was good and the game was tied at 7-7 with 3:09 left in the first quarter.



The Rockets recovered the onside kick to set up another long scoring drive that ran into the second quarter. Quarterback Austin Day scored on a five-yard run, capping the 12-play, 29-yard effort, Bradley’s kick was good and Neshoba Central led 14-7 with 10:49 left in the second quarter.

Neshoba Central recovered another onside kick and drove it in for a touchdown. This time, Cadarrius Roberts carried it in from 10 yards out. Bradley’s kick was good and Neshoba Central led 21-7 with 9:38 left in the second quarter.

The Rockets scored one more touchdown in the second quarter as Tyler Mathis scored on a four-yard run. Bradley kicked the extra point and the Rockets led 28-7 at the half.

Neshoba Central took the second half opening kickoff and drove it for the Rockets’ final touchdown of the night. The Rockets covered 51 yards in seven plays. Hunter scored on a five-yard run. The extra point kick was no good and the Rockets led 34-7 with 9:01 left in the third quarter.

A very scary moment occurred during the second half as a Callaway player was left motionless on the ground following a hard hit. As both sides stood together in prayer and with great concern for the young man,