Rockets Sink Sheridan in Away Victory

The Catholic High Rockets beat the Sheridan Yellowjackets in an away victory Friday night. Sheridan took an early lead, but ultimately fell short in a 21-7 win for the Rockets.

A large contingent of Rocket fans traveled 45 miles south of Little Rock to watch as their team kicked off to Sheridan to start off the game. After the Rockets eventually received possession, the team drove down the field, only to fumble just short at the end zone. Sheridan received possession but punted to give the ball back to the Rockets. The Rockets stormed down the field but fumbled once again, with the Yellowjackets receiving possession at their own six-inch line for the second time. They took the ball down for a touchdown. With the extra point, the Yellowjackets claimed the lead.

While it was unfortunate for the team to be down early, it only strengthened their resolve to get the win. “The early setback was tough, but as a team we knew that we could overcome the adversity if we kept our heads up and kept working,” said senior Andrew Weeks, who had several tackles during the game. “In the end, it paid off because we got the win.”

Although the Rockets suffered a third fumble during the kickoff return, senior Cole Eichler intercepted the ball back on the next play. The team took the ball down the field, and eventually scored on a carry by Cooper Nannen, tying the game at 7-7 halfway through the second quarter. The Sheridan team caught the kickoff at their twenty-yard line and was kept there by the Rockets until they were forced to punt. Once again, the Rockets scored on the drive. After a penalty forced a second attempt at the extra point, the Rockets made it, setting the score at 14-7, which remained for the rest of the half. 

An early third-quarter touchdown was the only score for the remainder of the game, giving the Rockets a 21-7 lead. In the fourth quarter with seconds left on the clock, the team took a knee on the six yard line to end the game, the sixth win of the Rockets’ season. 


The victory keeps the Rockets firmly within the top 10 state high school football programs, with both MaxPreps and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette placing the team at eighth place overall in the state. The Democrat-Gazette ranks the Rockets as the fourth-best 6A program, behind Pulaski Academy, Lake Hamilton, and Greenwood, all members of the 6A West. MaxPreps has the Rockets as the second-best 6A team, behind Pulaski Academy.

The Rockets will return home to War Memorial Stadium next week to face the Sylvan Hills Bears (2-4) in the Homecoming game for the Rockets.

Members of the Rocket football team greet the fans after their 21-7 victory over the Yellowjackets in Sheridan.

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