Football season ends for Rockets, Leake Academy
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 12:00 AM
The 2012 football season came to an end for Neshoba Central and Leake Academy during action on Friday night.
Starkville defeated Neshoba Central 21-10 in the final regular game of the season. The Rockets failed to make the playoffs and finished with a 5-6 season.
Leake Academy dropped a 46-39 decision to River Oaks (La.) in the first round of the Mississippi Independent Schools Association Class B playoffs. The Rebels finished the season with an 8-4 record.
"If we had won a couple of the games that we should have, we would have made the playoffs," Neshoba Central coach Chuck Friend said. "We are losing a good group of seniors but we have a good nucleus of underclassmen coming back. We'll go back to work and get ready for next season."
Neshoba Central took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when junior quarterback Joseph Willis scored on a three-yard run. Caleb Crenshaw kicked the extra point. Starkville came back to score twice in the second quarter and led 14-7 at the half.
Crenshaw kicked a 32-yard field goal in the third quarter to bring Neshoba Central within four points - 14-10. But then Starkville scored in the fourth quarter and held on for the win.
Leake Academy trailed 15-12 at the half. Thomas Tubby caught a 48-yard TD pass from Reed Mayfield in the first quarter and Thomas Nazary scored on a 21-yard run.
River Oaks scored 16 points in the third quarter and 15 in the fourth. Leake Academy answered with a five-yard TD pass from Mayfield to Will Myers in the third quarter. John Forrest Sisson kicked the extra point and the Rebels trailed 31-19 heading into the final quarter.
Mayfield passed for three touchdowns in the fourth quarter. He connected with Myers on two touchdown passes both covering yards, and to Tubby on a 62-yard TD pass. But it wasn't enough as River Oaks held on for the victory.