The Neshoba Central Rockets walked off the field as winners last Friday night as they defeated Callaway 14-8 in prep football finale of 2017.

The Rockets finished with a 4-8 record. They were 2-5 in the Region 2-5A standings. Callaway stands at 5-7 overall and 3-4 in the region standings. The Chargers will visit West Point in the first round of the Class 5A state football playoffs.

“It’s good to go out with a win, and that will carry on as we start our off season workouts,” Coach Patrick Schoolar said. “We had a very young team this year. They are going to take this year of experience and improve next year.”

The Rocket defense bent but didn’t break as they kept Callaway off the scoreboard until late in the fourth quarter.

Neshoba Central missed a 23-yard field goal in the first quarter.

The Rockets special team set up Neshoba Central’s first touchdown. On fourth down, there was a bad snap to the punter. The Rockets tackled the punter and took over on the Callaway 36-yard line.

Austin Day ran for eight yards on first down. Then Tyler Mathis rushed for 16 yards and put the ball on the Callaway eight-yard line. On the next play, Mathis carried into the end zone for a touchdown. Caleb Bradley kicked the extra point and the Rockets led 7-0. That’s how it stood at the half.

In the third quarter, Jarquez Hunter broke for a 45-yard touchdown run. Bradley’s kick was good and the Rockets led 14-0.

That’s how it stood until Callaway scored on a 25-yard pass play with 18 seconds left in the fourth quarter. The two-point conversion was good.

Mathis finished the game with 17 carries and 109 yards. Hunter had 51 yards on five carries while Day had 50 yards on 12 carries.

Christian Spears was the leading tackler with 16 stops. Cortez Clemons and Heath McDaniel all had 12 tackles. Monterrius Daniels had an interception and four tackles.