Waynman Steed intercepted a screen pass and ran 41 yards to spark a 24-point second quarter in Central’s 45-0 victory against Jackson (5-4) at Traz Powell Stadium.
The District 16-6A champion Rockets (9-1) followed a scoreless first quarter with a 56-yard touchdown from Jerrod Thomas to Da’Vante Phillips and a Thomas scoring run. Quarterback Malik Atkin led the Rockets in the second half with two touchdown passes and a touchdown run.
Atkin was 5 of 7 with 109 yards passing and 50 rushing yards. Cedric Miller had 11 carries for 158 yards, and Da’Vante Phillips had four catches for 102 yards.
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“A lot of our guys had to play through injury, so we just had to go out and fight and have a good game,” Phillips said. “That really set the tone. We came out really flat.”
The Generals clinched a runner-up playoff berth with Cardinal Gibbons’ loss.