The Neshoba Central Rockets are looking to wrap up their Region 2-5A schedule Friday night when they play host to the Callaway Chargers in prep football action. Callaway comes in at 4-7, having lost 40-30 to Vicksburg last week.

The Rockets are undefeated in their region and have already assured themselves of the No. 1 seed heading into the state playoffs. Last week, they defeated Cleveland Central 41-13 and enter the game with a 7-3 record, having won seven straight games.

“It has been a while since Neshoba Central won its region,” Coach Patrick Schoolar said. “These are exciting times for our program. At this point, we want to finish undefeated in our region. Then we’ll get ready for the playoffs.”

The Rockets finished with 442 total yards while Cleveland Central had 341. The Rockets’ Eli Anderson completed 7-of-11 passing attempts for 243 yards and four touchdowns. The Rockets rushed 31 times for 199 yards.

Austin Day was the top receiver with six catches for 219 yards and three touchdowns. He had four rushing yards on one carry. He also had two interceptions in which he returned the ball 40 yards, giving him 263 all-purpose yards.

Jarquez Hunter was the leading rusher with 92 yards on 11 carries and one touchdown. He also caught one pass for 32 yards. Hunter had three kickoff returns for 120 yards, giving him 244 all-purpose yards.

Tyler Mathis has 12 rushes for 68 yards and one touchdown.

But things didn’t start off too well for the Rockets in their game against Cleveland Central. The Wolves scored on their first two possessions. First, they scored on a 34-yard TD pass completion. On their second possession, the Wolves ran four plays and scored on a one-yard quarterback keeper. One extra point was good and Cleveland Central led 13-0 with 6:57 left in the first quarter.

And that would be all the points Cleveland Central would score on this night.

Neshoba Central came back and put together an 11-play 62-yard scoring drive. Tyler Mathis scored on a three-yard run. The kick failed and the Rockets trailed 13-6 with 56 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Rockets forced a punt and took over on the Neshoba Central 32. Four plays later, Jarquez Hunter scored on a 26-yard run. Hunter Bavetta kicked the extra point and the game was tied at 13-13.

Neshoba Central kicked off. Cleveland ran eight plays and punted, giving Neshoba Central the ball on its 29-yard line. Two plays later, Austin Day caught a 70-yard TD pass from Eli Anderson. Bavetta kicked the extra point and the Rockets led 20-13 with 3:16 left in the first half. That’s how it stood at halftime.

Neshoba Central took the second half kickoff. Thanks to a good return, the Rockets started on the Wolves 34. On second down, Anderson connected with Day on a 33-yard TD pass play. Bavetta kicked the extra point and the Rockets led 27-13 with 11:30 left in the third quarter.

Cleveland ran six plays and punted. Neshoba Central started on its 46. Four plays later, Day caught a 44-yard TD pass from Anderson for a touchdown. Bavetta kicked the extra point and the Rockets led 34-13.

Still in the third quarter, there was an exchange of turnovers. First, Gyn Easily recovered a fumble for the Rockets. Then Cleveland recovered a fumble. Then Day intercepted a pass and gave the Rockets the ball on the Cleveland 40-yard line.

Two plays later, Hunter caught a 32-yard TD pass from Anderson. Bavetta kicked the extra point and the Rockets led 41-13 with 2:30 left in the third quarter. Neither team would score again.

“We had traveled three hours. We started off a little sluggish and spotted them 13 points,” Coach Schoolar said. “Then we scored 41 points.

“We had some drives. They gave us some matchups we liked and we threw the ball well and made some plays.”

Cleveland Central finished the game with 125 rushing yards on 18 carries. They also completed 12-of-25 passes for 216 yards.

Kelbee Holmes was the Rockets’ leading tackler with 10 while Jason Bell had nine and Ty Mathews had eight. Ray Gibson and Hunter both had three tackles and a sack while Maxton Woodard had three tackles and a rush.