Football practice has started for the five teams in The Neshoba Democrat circulation area as they get ready for their season openers August 23.

Here’s a report from each of the teams.

Neshoba Central

The Neshoba Central Rockets have been busy this summer with weight lifting, conditioning and 7-on-7 games

They went out for preseason drills Monday as they prepare for their season opener at home against Grenada on August 23

The Rockets are coming off a 10-3 season and will be looking forward to playing in their new stadium

“We have worked hard this summer,” said Coach Patrick Schoolar as he enters his fourth season with the Rockets. “We are bringing most of last year’s team back and they know what to do

“We have a chance to be pretty good this year and there are a lot of expectations. But I don’t think we are going to sneak up on anyone this year.”

The first week of practice will be without full pads and Schoolar said that is the time when they will put their offensive and defensive schemes in and work on special teams

The Rockets have Zane Lilly and Eli Anderson working at quarterback.  Grayson Fulton will also be working at quarterback

“Both Lilly and Anderson will play this year but we are only going to have one No. 1 quarterback,” said Schoolar. “Who that is will be determined over the next couple of week. Fulton is an underclassman and he has had a good summer. He’s in the running, too.”

- Steve Swogetinsky


The Philadelphia Tornadoes have started preseason workouts as they prepare for their season opener at home against Center Pointe, Ala., of Birmingham

“This week, we will do some agility and conditioning drills to start off,” said Coach David Frey. “We will work on special teams and focus on our punting team

“We had a good summer. But we are going to have to work on conditioning. We have several who will be going both ways.”

The Tornadoes’ first action will be Friday, August 16, against Louisville in the Louisville jamboree. The game starts at 7 p.m

The Tornadoes finished last season with a 9-5 record.

- Steve Swogetinsky

Leake Academy

The Rebels started fall practice last week with a pair of afternoon practices

“I thought it went well,” veteran Leake Academy coach Brian Pickens said. “It’s always tough during the week of the Fair but I thought our kids came out with a lot of energy and we had a lot of kids get a lot of reps.”

The Rebels will travel to Pillow Academy on Friday for a scrimmage with the Mustangs

On Thursday, Aug. 15, the Rebels will participate in the Tri-County Academy jamboree. The Rebels will take on Newton County Academy at 4:30 p.m. and Bayou Academy at 5:30 p.m.


The Yellowjackets began fall practices Monday with an afternoon session

The Yellowjackets return a host of starters from last year’s team that lost in the second round of the Class 2A playoffs

Union will play Leake Central on Friday, Aug. 16 in a pre-season jamboree at Newton County High School at 5 p.m

The Yellowjackets open the season at Choctaw Central, a team they beat 43-35 in the season opener last year.

- Robbie Robertson

Choctaw Central

Choctaw Central will begin year two with head coach Pepper Posey as they kick off fall practice on Monday

Last year, Posey was delayed from starting the season with the Warriors. This year, the Warriors have had a full dose of life with Posey

“We have had a good summer in the weight room,” Posey said. “We opened the weight room all day during the summer so they didn’t have an excuse not to show up.”

The Warriors will also participate in the Newton County pre-season jamboree and will play Sebastopol at 6:30 p.m.

- Robbie Robertson