Coverage Recap: Starkville 28 Oxford 16
Starkville left Oxford on Friday night with the Little Egg Bowl trophy after defeating the Chargers 28 to 16. They have now won the rivalry game three years in a row. This year the game featured new players that showed glimpses of what is to come for both programs.
For the first time in nearly four decades Starkville head coach Ricky Woods started a sophomore at the quarterback. Malik Brown was great. He was one of the best, if not the best, athletes on the field. Brown finished the game 8-of-14 for 153 yards with two scores. He also added 76 yards rushing. His shiftiness gave the Chargers fits all night, especially on third down.
The Yellowjackets also have a solid receiving corps that will only get better as the season goes on.
Defensively, the game was won up front for the Jackets. Their front seven kept the Chargers from getting anything going on the ground and kept the young quarterback frazzled for the better part of the night.
The biggest stand came late in the fourth quarter when the Chargers had four shots inside the one-yard line to tie the game and were stuffed out.
For the Chargers, there were plenty of bright spots. Sophomore quarterback JR McClure ha d a solid night in a pressure filled pocket. McClure finished 12-of-34 for 284 yards and 2 scores.
Oxford looked better in this game than they did a week ago in a win over Southaven and it is worth noting that the Chargers lost this game in 2014 and 2015 and still found themselves in the 5A State
SES Players of the Game:
Malik Brown, Starkville QB