FOOTBALL: Rockets drop thriller to Grundy County 20-12

Rocket Matthew White hauls in a 15-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. — Thunder Radio photo by Holly Peterson

Westwood Rocket football dropped its season opener Monday night, a 20-12 thriller against visiting Grundy County.

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Grundy County’s Kaden Dove broke loose on a 25 yard touchdown scamper with with 3 minutes to play to take the lead and the win from the Rockets.

Winton’s score broke a 12-12 tie. The Rockets had just tied the game after a 60 yard run from Isaiah Deadman set up a 1-yard touchdown plunge from quarterback Kaysen Lowery.

The Rockets led 6-0 early after driving down the field in the first quarter and capping a six-minute drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Lowery to Matthew White.

The Jackets answered quickly, one play later Jayden Winton scampered 76 yards for a score.

Deadman led Westwood on the ground with 113 yards on 13 touches. Lowry was 2-of-5 through the air for 37 yards and the one touchdown to White. Joel Barrera and Deadman led the Rockets in tackles.

Westwood has a short turnaround. The Rockets will go to Fayetteville City for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff on Thursday.