This has been a busy summer for Neshoba Central's Ken Edwards as he prepares for the upcoming 2013 football season.

Edwards has been playing organized football since he was in the youth league at the age of seven. He's a senior this year and at 6-6 and 260 pounds, is considered to be one of the top players to watch in the state.

Edwards is expected to play a big role for Neshoba Central this year. He will be going both ways at defensive end and on the offensive line. He could play guard or he may be used at tight end. He said he is going to be ready.

"I probably won't come off the field very much," Edwards said. "It's hot but I've got to get ready. We are working out every day and I'm looking for us to have a good team."

Edwards has already drawn attention. He has received a scholarship offer for Louisiana-Lafayette and has talked to Ole Miss and Mississippi State while attending summer camps. He also plans to attend camp at Southern Mississippi. And recently he has been invited to the annual U.S. Army game which is held in January in San Antonio, Texas.

"I got a call from the local Army recruiter, and I was very excited to receive the invitation," Edwards said. "It was a great honor to be asked."

Edwards missed most of his sophomore season with a broken leg. That's why he enjoyed his junior season so much.

"My 10th grade year, I broke my leg on the fourth day of practice," Edwards said. "I only got to play in three games, and last year, I was on a mission.

"Looking back, time has gone by very fast since I first started playing and I want to make the most of my senior year."

According to Neshoba Central Head Coach Chuck Friend, the sky is the limit for Edwards.

"Ken is an outstanding player and he has a bright future," Friend said. "He could become a very good college football player. He has the size and is going to grow into a big man. He has a good head on his shoulders and is an outstanding student."

Edwards said his GPA was 3.87 and he has been taking the accelerated classes. His goal after football is to become a doctor.

"That's what I have always wanted to be," Edwards said.

He lists his favorites as follows:

- Dinner: chicken;

- Movie: Harry Potter;

- Video Game: Madden;

- Subject at school: science.

Edwards attends Stephens United Methodist Church. He is the son of Ken Edwards and Juawaraita Edwards.



The Rockets ...

The Rockets are going through their summer workout program.

"We have had good participation and everyone is working to get better," Friend said. "We went over to Alabama this past weekend to play 7-on-7. We were competitive. We may play another time this summer."

The Rockets come into the season looking for a starting quarterback. Working at the position are Kavante McCarty, Taylor Irby and Darvin Steele.

"All three will play this season," Friend said. "We have settled on our starting quarterback. We could have two playing at different times in the early part of the season."

The Rockets will play at Meridian High in a jamboree game on Aug. 16. They open the season at Newton County on Aug. 23.



Neshoba Central Rockets

2013 football schedule

Aug. 23 - at Newton County

Aug. 30 - Kosciusko

Sept. 6 - Philadelphia

Sept. 13 - at NE Lauderdale

Sept. 20 - Open

Sept. 27 - at Pearl

Oct. 4 - Callaway (HC) *

Oct. 11 - at Canton *

Oct. 18 - Germantown *

Oct. 25 - at Ridgeland *

Oct. 31 - at Lanier *

Nov. 8 - Vicksburg *

Region 2-5A game