The Cleveland Central High School Wolves jumped out to a 13-0 lead over the Neshoba Central Rockets here Friday in Region 2-5A gridiron action at Mickey Sellers Stadium.
The good start didn’t last long as the Rockets blazed off 41 unanswered points to claim a 41-13 win.
Neshoba improved to 7-3 with a 6-0 mark in the region. Cleveland Central to 2-8 and is tied for sixth in the region with a 1-5 record.
The Wolves opened the contest with a big run from Jamarion White, who busted off a 47-yard run. On the next play, Latravious Miller connected with Marcus Franklin for a 34-yard touchdown. Cruz Oguz added the point after for a 7-0 Wolves’ lead.
The Rockets moved the ball on the next possession but saw the drive stall on the Wolves’ 42-yard line. On fourth down, Neshoba opted to go for it, but the Wolves stood their ground and stopped the attempt.
On offense, the Wolves went back to work as Miller found Franklin again for a 22-yard gain. Three plays later, Miller scored on a quarterback keeper with 6:50 left in the first quarter. The point after kick attempt failed, but the Wolves led 13-0.
The Rockets responded with a touchdown from Tyler Mathis, but the extra point missed as the Wolves still maintained a 13-6 lead
The game rolled over into the second quarter where the Rockets tied the game at 13-13 off a 26-yard run from Jarquez Hunter. The kick after tied the score for the Rockets.
Neshoba took the lead with 3:22 left in the second quarter off a pass. The point-after-kick was successful as the Rockets led 20-13.
In the second half, the Rockets scored 21 points in the third quarter to walk away with the victory.
For CCHS, Miller completed 11-of-23 passes for 198 yards with a touchdown and added a rushing touchdown, while Franklin caught nine passes for 162 yards with a touchdown.
White finished with 60 yards on five carries, and Terry Winston ran for 46 yards on nine carries to lead the Wolves’ running game.
Cleveland Central will look to end the season on a positive note when they travel to play Canton Friday.