Patrick Burrage
Patrick Burrage
The Neshoba Central Rockets claimed their first victory of the season as they knocked off Jackson Lanier 51-14 Friday night in prep football action.

The Rockets, now 1-9, will close out the season at home Friday night when they host the Vicksburg Gators. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The game was originally set to be played Thursday night in Jackson. But officials called that off because of the potential for bad weather. There was not an available field in Jackson for Friday night so the game was switched to Neshoba Central, and the Rockets will travel to Jackson next year.

"We needed this win," Neshoba Central Coach Chuck Friend said. "I've said all along that we have improved each week as a team but we just haven't been able to put an entire game together without making mistakes that put us in a hole.

"But our kids have stayed together. They have worked hard each week in practice and have tried to improve. The win came a little too late for us to turn things around this year but it was a good one."

The Rockets finished the night with 418 total yards with all of it coming on the ground.

It was a big game for running back Patrick Burrage who rushed for 178 yards and assured himself of a 1,000-yard rushing season.

D.J. Hoskins added 68 rushing yards while Kavante McCarty had 66 yards.

Neshoba Central scored on seven of its first eight possessions and jumped out to a 37-0 halftime lead.

Burrage scored two touchdowns on runs of three and four yards. He also added two two-point conversions along the way.

McCarty also scored two touchdowns, his coming on runs four and 16 yards. Damien scored on a 17-yard run while Sam Collier hit pay dirt on a 12-yard run. Taylor Irby kicked five extra points.

"We had our best game on offense," Friend said. "And I thought the defense tackled well. It was our best outing so far.

"We will need the same effort Friday against Vicksburg. You can bet they are going to spread it out."

Ken Edwards led the Rockets with 10 tackles. Keeton Able added nine while Tristan Ellingburg, Cole Hodgins and Cristian Steele all added eight.