Northeast Lauderdale’s kick returner is smothered by several Rocket defenders.
Northeast Lauderdale’s kick returner is smothered by several Rocket defenders.
The Neshoba Central Rockets once again dominated a game with their running attack and defense, but also showed they can throw the ball if need be, with quarterback Austin Day going 4-4 passing for 91 yards and a touchdown in a 33-12 win over Northeast Lauderdale.

All of the completions were made to wide receiver Kelbee Holmes, who was also has 10 carries for 36 yards rushing.

Jarquez Hunter again led all rushers on the team with 12 carries for 122 yards including a 50 yard touchdown. Hunter also had an 89 yard interception return for a touchdown late in the third quarter.

In total the Rockets had 91 yards passing and 225 yards rushing for 316 yards of total offense.

The Rockets scored on their first possession going 63 yards in 6 plays for a 7-0 lead. The drive was capped off with Hunter bursting free for a 50-yard touchdown run.

The Trojans of Northeast Lauderdale did nothing with the ensuing drive giving the Rockets the ball at their own 28 yard line. On the first play of the drive, Day found Holmes on a 25 yard strike for the first pass attempt of the game and a big first down in Trojan territory. Nine plays later, fullback Cadarrius Roberts sprinted through the line for a nine-yard TD and a 14-0 lead.

On the next drive, Jeremiah Hathorn made a big defensively play, when he hauled in a tipped Trojan pass at his own 21 yard line while lying on his back, to give the Rocketts the ball.

The Rockets then went on a nine-play 79-yard drive that included another Day to Holmes pass completion for 32-yards and a 23-yard touchdown run by Day to put the Rocketts up 20-0 as halftime approached.

In the second half, the Trojans took the opening kickoff and drove methodically down the field, taking over eight minutes off the clock. The drive ended in points, but for the Rockets as Hunter picked off a pass at his own 11 and raced 89-yards down the sideline for a 26-0 lead.

The Trojans would cut the Rockets lead on the next drive, with a 45-yard touchdown run of their own to bring the score to 26-6.

A successful onside kick would see the Trojans retain the ball, but they could do nothing with it.

The Rockets also has little success on their next drive resulting in a punt, which was returned by Trojan Branderrick Thomas for a 75-yard touchdown to cut the Rocket lead to 26-12.

The Rockets added a final score via a seven-play, 58-yard drive, that culminated in a 13-yard touchdown pass from Day to Hunter for a 33-12 final score.

Schoolar said that his defense played well throughout the night, but he specifically recognized Day and Holmes for a great game in the passing department.

Next up for the Rockets is a district home game against Holmes County Central at 7 p.m. The Jaguars will enter the contest at 3-1 on the season. Schoolar said the next game is hugely important for the team to maintain its forward momentum.

“This is where the games really count,” Schoolar said of entering district play.