Rockets fizzle out in second half
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 1:00 AM
For nearly two quarters, the Neshoba Central Rockets had the unbeaten Callaway Chargers on the ropes Friday night in prep football action.
Neshoba Central's James Campbell battles the Callaway defense Friday night during the Rockets’ homecoming game. The Chargers won 47-16.
But then the Chargers rallied from a 16-0 deficit to take command of the game and defeated the Rockets 47-16.
Neshoba Central, now 0-6 on the season, travels to Canton this Friday night. The Tigers come in at 1-5. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The Rockets took the opening kickoff and drove it 74 yards in 14 plays for a touchdown. Kavante McCarty drove in for the touchdown from one-yard out. Taylor Irby kicked the extra point and the Rockets led 7-0 with 6:23 left in the first period.
On their next drive, the Rockets pushed the ball down to the Callaway 29 yard line before running in the fourth down. Irby kicked a 45-yard field goal and the Rockets went up 10-0 with 10:58 left in the half.
On their next possession, the Rockets drove 65 yards in eight plays for another touchdown. This time, Irby carried the ball into the end zone from three yards out. The extra point was no good and the Rockets led 16-0 with 6:01 left in the second quarter.
Callaway came back with a scoring drive of its own and scored on a 16-yard rush. The extra point was good and the Rockets led 16-7 with 2:16 left in the first half.
Aquil Hickman intercepted a pass early in the third quarter for the Rockets and this led to a 48-yard field goal attempt. The ball fell just short of the goal post, and then the momentum turned Callaway's way.
The Chargers would score 40 unanswered points as they improved to 2-0 in the Region 2-5A standings.
The Rockets had 209 total yards, all of it coming on 46 rushes. Callaway had 151 rushing yards on 24 carries, and completed 12-of-16 passing attempts for 218 yards.
McCarty was the leading rusher with 122 yards on 11 carries.
James Campbell was the leading tackler for the Rockets with 13 stops. Ken Edwards had 12 tackles while Abel Keaton added 10, Cristan Steele had nine and Hickman had seven.