The Neshoba Central Rockets will travel to Collinsville Friday to take on the West Lauderdale Knights in prep football action.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The Rockets come in at 0-3 after dropping a 24-6 decision against Tupelo last Friday night. West Lauderdale comes in at 2-1 following last week’s 57-14 win over  South Jones.

“They are a typical West Lauderdale team,” Rockets coach Patrick Schoolar said. “They will play good defense and have a good offense. They will be tough to beat.”

And while he was disappointed with the loss to Tupelo, he was pleased with the Rocket defense’s play.

“We played good enough on defense to win,” Schoolar said. “The offense didn’t play bad. We had too many mistakes. We were called for illegal formation right before the half that called back a touchdown. We were called for illegal formation a few times in the game. We just weren’t that mentally sharp against Tupelo.”

Tupelo took over for its second possession on the 50-yard line. After three runs for 10, 30 and one yards, Jaycob Horne scored on a 10-yard run with 5:49 left in the first quarter. The extra point was good and the Gold Wave led 7-0.

The Rockets took the ensuing kickoff and drove 64 yards for a touchdown. Jarquez Hunter scored to cap the drive. The extra point try failed and the Rockets trailed 7-6 with 4:19 left in the first quarter.

But Tupelo came back with another touchdown of its own when Horne scored on a 35-yard run. The kick was good and the Gold Wave led 14-6 with 3:52 left in the quarter.

The Gold Wave struck again in the second quarter when Horne caught a 56-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was good and the Gold Wave led 21-6 at the half.

The Gold Wave closed out the scoring with a 25-yard field goal in the third quarter.

Hunter was the leading rusher with 71 yards on 18 carries. He caught two passes for 22 yards, giving him 93 total yards.

Quarterback Eli Anderson completed two of seven passes for 22 yards. Mathis rushed for 57 yards on 17 carries.

              Jaharon Griffin was the leading tackler with 17 stops while Kelbee Holmes had 11. Ty Matthews and Elijah Ruffin had eight tackles while Nick McClendon had seven tackles. Maxton Woodard and Gyd Easily both had two tackles.  Both recovered a fumble.