Rockets to face South Panola in 6A bout

Rockets to face South Panola in 6A bout


The Neshoba Central Rockets advanced to second round of the Class 6A state football playoffs with a 41-14 win over Center Hill Thursday night.

The Rockets improved to 6-5 on the season. They travel to South Panola Friday night for a second round contest with the Tigers. South Panola comes in at 10-1 after beating Callaway 56-6 in their first round game.

Center Hill took the opening kickoff and drove in for a touchdown. The kick was good and the Mustangs led 7-0.

The Rockets took the ensuing kickoff and put together a scoring drive of their own. Quarterback Will Williams connected with Tryceton Thompson on a 24-yard touchdown pass. John Parker Hancock kicked the extra point and the game was tied at 7-7 with 5:14 left in the first quarter.

That’s how it stood until early in second quarter when Mehki Gaddis scored. The extra point try was no good and the Rockets led 13-7.

The Rockets scored again early in the second quarter on a 30-yard TD pass play from Williams to Charles Stevenson. The try for two failed and the Rockets led 19-7 with 9:37 left in the second quarter.

Gaddis scored again on a 12-yard run. Hancock kicked the extra point and the Rockets led 26-7. Center Hill scored again and at the break, the Rockets held a 26-14 lead.

Neshoba Central took control of the game in the third quarter. The Rockets took the kickoff and drove 70 yards for a touchdown Gaddis scored on a 15-yard run. The two point conversion try was good and the Rockets led 34-14.

Center Hill ran out of downs on its own 34 and the Rockets drove in for their final score of the night. Williams connected with Stevenson on a 44-yard TD pass play. Hancock’s kick was good and Rockets led 41-14 at the end of the third quarter. The Rockets finished with 159 rushing yards led by Gaddis with 152 yards. Williams completed 22-of-29 passes for 237 yards. Stevenson caught eight passes for 108 yards while Hawthorne caught eight passes for 68 yards. Zach Ruffin caught four passes for 49 yards.

Defensively, Jeremiah Kirk-Harris had nine tackles. Ahmarion Ragsdale, Will Huffman, Darrian Ragsdale, Demarkez West and Jalyas Winters all had seven tackles. Huffman recovered a fumble.

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