• John Macon Gillespie

Coverage Recap: Oxford 27 Clarksdale 13

This was a huge game in region 1-5A. With West Point pretty much locking up the region and a No. 1 seed in the 5A playoffs, The Oxford Chargers and the Clarksdale Wildcats were fighting for their position in the upper part of the region 1-5A standings.

In the end, it was the Chargers who came out on top 27-13 over the Wildcats. With the win, and a 43-21 Center Hill loss to Lake Cormorant, Oxford has officially clinched a playoff spot for the fifth straight season. The Wildcats, on the other hand, will have to beat one of their next two region games to punch their playoff ticket.

The game had hype sure, but it wasn't always pretty at times, Oxford and Clarksdale combined for seven turnovers. Clarksdale turned the ball over on downs four times on the night.

Clarksdale received the opening kickoff, but would go in reverse immediately with a high snap, the Wildcats punted the ball away. Oxford then drove down the field effortlessly and John Reece McClure capped of that beautiful drive with a touchdown pass to Joe O’keeke in the red zone. The 2 point conversion was no good, but Oxford had a 6-0 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, Clarksdale’s James Banks returned the kick all the way to Oxford’s 20 yard line. That return would set up a touchdown run by Terrance Humphrey to give the Wildcats a 7-6 lead. On a Clarksdale drive to extend their lead, The Chargers’ defense stuffed Dayvevon Hill on 4th and inches. Mcclure then would find “The Charger Flash” Jaquan Webb open in the seam for a 42 yard touchdown strike to make the score 13-6. This was Webb’s first touchdown coming out of a foot injury and his first since playing Starkville earlier in the year. Then things started to get ugly. Three straight possessions between Oxford and Clarksdale ended up in lost fumbles. One of those fumbles by Oxford resulted in a touchdown catch by Ken Furdge. The score was 13-13 at the break.

The Chargers would receive the ball to start the second half. Hiram Wadlington plunged his way for a TD on Oxford’s opening drive of the second half. Then D.Q. Thomas intercepted a tipped ball midway through the 3rd quarter. In the 4th quarter, Oxford and Clarksdale would throw interceptions within two minutes of each other. The 4th quarter was pretty much a stalemate until Oxford slammed the door shut for good. Hiram Wadlington bled the clock while reaching Wildcat territory with 2:24 left in the game. On 3rd and 13, McClure found O’keefe again wide open over the middle for a 30 yard score to put the dagger in Clarksdale.

The Chargers will take on Center Hill next week while Clarksdale will take on Lake Cormorant.

Players of the Game:

Oxford - Joe O’keefe

Clarksdale - Terrance Humphrey

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