Rockets try to jump back in playoffs
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 1:00 AM
Neshoba Central will try to regroup this week after dropping a disappointing 26-15 decision to Canton High School Friday night in prep football action.
Neshoba Central falls to 3-4 on the season and 1-2 in the Region 2-5A standings. They travel to Jackson Friday night to take on Provine. The Rams stand at 4-3 and 1-2 in the region following their 41-28 win over Yazoo City.
"All we can do is keep working and hope that something happens that will put us back in the playoff picture," Neshoba Central Coach Chuck Friend said. "Provine will be about the same as they are every year. They have big linemen on both sides of the ball and they are going to run straight at us.
"We've worked hard this season but we keep making mistakes and we have to eliminate that. We can't get our heads down," Friend said.
Neshoba Central finished the night against Canton with 260 total yards, all if coming on the ground. Canton finished with 285 total yards.
Junior quarterback Joseph Willis missed the game after suffering a concussion against Callaway last week. Coach Friend wasn't sure whether Willis would be cleared to play this week.
The Tigers took the opening kickoff and drove 51 yards in 11 plays for the touchdown. Dobrowski Bates scored on a three-yard run. The kick was no good and the Tigers led 6-0 with 7:08 left in the first quarter.
The Rockets took the ensuing kickoff, ran 10 plays and ran out of downs. Canton took over on their 30 yard line and scored seven plays later. This time, quarterback Fred Smith connected with Kendarius Rogers on a 41-yard touchdown pass play. Bates ran in the two-point conversion and Canton led 14-0 with 11:29 left in the first quarter.
Neshoba Central took the ensuing kickoff. O'Neal McCarty lined up at quarterback, took the snap and ran 62 yards for a touchdown. Patrick Burrage ran in the two point conversion and the Rockets trailed 14-8 with 11:16 left in the second quarter.
The Rockets forced a punt and took over on their own 42-yard line. Four plays later, McCarty ran 34 yards for a touchdown. Caleb Crenshaw kicked the extra point and the Rockets led 15-14 with 7:54 left in the second quarter.
The Tigers took the kickoff and held on to the ball for most of the remaining time in the second quarter. They scored when Felix Mument ran in on a five-yard run. The extra point try was no good and the Tigers led 20-15 at the half.
Neshoba Central could not muster a point in the second half while Canton scored again on its first possession of the third quarter. This time, Canton's Carl Brooks scored on a 25-yard run, capping a five-play, 49-yard drive. The extra point was no good and the Tigers went in front 26-15 and ended the scoring in the game.
Canton improves to 3-4 on the season and 1-2 in the Region 2-5A standings. The Tigers host Starkville on Friday.
McCarty was the leading rusher with 173 yards on 16 carries. Burrage had 54 yards on nine carries, and Shundrick Russell had 33 yards on seven carries.
Thomas McCool was the leading tackler with 14 stops. Darrion Burnside, Tanner Seales and Cole Hodgins all had 12 tackles.