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A three-hour bus ride and a powerful Johnson Central running game proved to be too much for the Rockets Friday.
Shelby County fell to 0-3 on the season with the 36-29 loss in their third straight road game to open the season.
After Shelby County's originally scheduled home game against Doss was cancelled because of lingering issues with hurricane Ike, the Rockets had to head east, way east to face Johnson Central.
Without much time to prepare, the Rockets couldn't stop the Golden Eagles rushing attack of Chase Richardson and Nathan Dillon. The Rockets closed the gap in the second half after trailing by 14, 28-14, with four minutes left in the third quarter, but Johnson Central was able to dominate time of possession to keep the Rockets at bay.
See Wednesday's issue of The Sentinel-News for a full recap of Friday's game.