Neshoba Central quarterback Taylor Irby runs for daylight against Newton County Friday night. The Rockets lost, 47-14.
Neshoba Central quarterback Taylor Irby runs for daylight against Newton County Friday night. The Rockets lost, 47-14.
The Neshoba Central Rockets went back to work Monday afternoon as they look to overcome a 47-14 loss to Newton County in their prep football season opener Friday night.

Neshoba Central actually led 14-13 at the end of the first quarter. But then Newton County took the lead and didn't look back.

Rockets Coach Chuck Friend said his team is putting the first game behind them as they try to get better while preparing for Friday night's home opener against Kosciusko. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

"We had a good practice on Monday," Friend said. "We knew that Newton County was going to present some problems for our defense. We reviewed our mistakes and have made some adjustments. I think we will play better this week."

Newton County scored on a long punt return early in the game to go up 6-0. But Pat Burrage put the Rockets on the scoreboard with an eight-yard touchdown run. This capped an eight play, 66-yard drive. The extra point try was no good and the score was tied at 6-6 with 6:05 left in the first quarter.

Neshoba Central forced the Cougars to punt. However, the Rockets touched the ball before it was downed and Newton County recovered on the Neshoba Central 27. Newton County scored on the next play and led 13-6 with 3:29 left in the first quarter.

Kavante McCarty scored on a 43 yard run to bring the Rockets within one point with 3:02 left in the first quarter. Burrage ran in the two point conversion and Neshoba Central led 14-13.

Newton County scored twice in the second quarter on an 18-yard pass and a run to lead 26-14 at the half. The Cougars scored the rest of their points in the third quarter, and both teams played their reserves through the fourth period.

The Rockets finished the night with 201 total yards. Neshoba Central had 136 rushing yards on 38 carries and completed 8-of-13 passing attempts for 65 yards.

Burrage led the Rockets with 64 yards on 18 carries. Quarterback Taylor Irby completed eight passes. Matt Howell had three catches for 20 yards while Keeton Able caught one for 20 yards.

Nickel linebacker Devin Skinner led the Rockets in tackles with 11. Cole Hodgins added eight while Ken Edwards and Tristan Ellingburg both had seven tackles.

Coach Friend said Kosciusko will run out the spread offense, much like Newton County did. The Whippets won their opener over Winona, 26-20.