Coverage Recap: Southaven 23 | Oxford 13
It wasn’t very pretty, but the Southaven Chargers left Bobby Holcomb Field with a 1-0 record in region 1-6A play. Creating turnovers and effective quarterback play made the difference in a 23-13 victory over the home-standing Oxford Chargers.
Turnovers were going to be an x-factor looking at the game on paper, and it was eventually. The sloppiness began early and was often throughout the whole night for both teams. Oxford turned the ball over just 1:09 into the ball game with a fumble lost. Two plays later, Oxford got the ball back, thanks to Jaquanzi Johnson’s interception reading the eyes of Southaven’s Micah Chillers. Just 29 seconds later, Oxford was on the scoreboard first. John Reece McClure threw a gorgeous deep ball to his tight end, J.J Pegues for a 41 yard touchdown strike. The score was 7-0 Oxford with 9:22 left in the first quarter.
Turnovers were abundant, particularly in the first half of play. Oxford turned the ball over four times in the first half, two intercepted and two fumbles lost. Despite the offensive woes, Oxford’s defense was holding their own against Micah Chillers, Amittai Hurt, and that Southaven offense by containing the RPO’s and getting to the edge. After Oxford lost a fumble in their own red zone, Southaven had a golden opportunity to answer the bell. Hurt punched in a four yard touchdown untouched to tie the game up at 7-7 with 8:07 left in the first half.
After Oxford’s fourth turnover, Southaven was able to salvage three points to end the first half. The score at the break was 10-7 Southaven. As the first half came to a close, Southaven knew how to find success going up against that talented Oxford defense: let Chillers take the ball and run.
Southaven did just that. Chillers found a hole in the teeth of Oxford’s defensive line and raced 25 yards to the end zone for another Southaven touchdown. The momentum was all on Southaven’s side. The score was 16-7 Southaven. He got another one early in the fourth quarter from four yards to extend his team’s lead to 23-7. The Oxford fans were then headed toward the exits.
Oxford began to really develop a since of urgency, being down 16 points. A couple of big plays by Jaquan Webb and a few runs by John Meagher quickly translated into a touchdown pass from Meagher to Joe O’Keefe in the back of the end zone. Oxford could not convert the two point conversion, the score was 23-13 Southaven. Oxford caught Southaven off guard right after that with a perfectly executed onside kick in which the Chargers of Oxford recovered. Oxford couldn’t get unstuck from the mud they were in the whole game, as a result, they lost their region opener 23-13 to Southaven. Oxford will travel to Batesville next week to take on the South Panola Tigers while Southaven will host Hernando next week.
Player of the game:
Southaven - QB Micah Chillers