The Neshoba Central football team will wrap up spring training drills Friday when they take on Itawamba AHS in a spring game at Starkville High School.

The game is expected to start around 5:30 p.m.

“It has gone well, said Coach Patrick Schoolar as he prepares for his fourth season with the Rockets. “The kids have been very receptive. It always helps when you bring back the majority of your team.

“It has been a good spring for us. We had to replace two inside linebackers (Christian Spears and Colin Hunt) and we think we have in sophomores  Kelbee Holmes and Jaharan Griffin. They have filled those shoes.”

Spears signed with Delta State and Hunt signed with Holmes Community College.

The big news coming out of the Rockets camps is that Austin Day is moving from the quarterback position where he started for the past two seasons. Day will be playing running back this year. Senior Zane Lilly will be starting at quarterback.

“We moved Tyler Mathis to the ‘B’ back. He will be in the backfield with Austin and Jarquez Hunter,” Schoolar said. “It will be is a broken bone offense, offense from the double wing or the wishbone offense.”

Schoolar added that Lilly can throw the ball and he has receivers who can catch it.



“We are going to throw ball 12 to 15 times a game,” said Schoolar. “We aren’t going to change who we are but we are going to keep some people from loading up the box against us.”

The Rockets went 10-3 last year and made it to the playoffs. They are playing a different schedule this year as their first three games will be against Grenada, Germantown and Tupelo. Their fourth game is at West Lauderdale and then the Rockets are open for a week.

“We have a chance to do well this year but our schedule is a little tougher,” Schoolar said. “We believe this will make us better in the long run. We will be more prepared for our region schedule.”

Schoolar said he had a good senior group coming back.

“They took their beatings as sophomores,” Schoolar said. “We had 12 starting as sophomores. But they have worked hard and we are expecting a lot from them.”