• John Macon Gillespie

Coverage Recap: Oxford 15 | Hernando 6

This game may not have been played in the Flood Zone (Tupelo’s Renasant Field), but it sure felt like one due to the constant rain and poor weather Friday night. The Chargers were a lot more prepared for Mother Nature this time around after a 41-0 blowout loss to West Point last season in similar, harsh weather conditions. The Chargers ended senior night with a 15-6 region victory over the Hernando Tigers. It sure wasn’t a pretty ball game for either team. The rain seemed to be at it’s worst when the game kicked off. Oxford’s offense struggled on their first offensive possession with Tiger linebackers all over the place. Oxford punted on their first offensive possession. Now, it was Jacob Krumm and Hernando’s turn. Krumm tried to hit his man Dylan Alberson on a deep out route, but the ball was picked off by Oxford’s senior captain, C.J Terrell. The interception by Terrell broke the school’s all time career interception mark. That was Terrell’s 16th career interception. The Chargers capitalized with a 12 yard touchdown run by the big guy, J.J Pegues. The touchdown was followed by PAT trickery. The quarterback and holder, John Reece McClure found the long snapper, Whitman Rowland, wide open over the middle for the two point try. The score was 8-0 with 3:28 left in the first quarter. Hernando looked to respond after giving up the touchdown. They moved the ball pretty effectively with Ladarion Darden on the ground, however, they were faced with 4th and goal from around midfield early in the second quarter. Darden was stuffed by a host of Oxford defenders and Oxford took over 1st and 10. Hernando would return the favor, forcing a turnover on downs just about three minutes later. Oxford has found numerous ways to run the football lately. One of the methods they found was putting Hiram Wadlington at wildcat quarterback. Wadlingtion did his best Barry Sanders impression with an impressive cut upfield and raced 66 yards to give Oxford a two score lead with about two minutes left until halftime. The score was 15-0 Oxford at the break. The second half went by pretty fast with both teams running the ball. It was also pretty sloppy with Hernando Turnovers. Krumm was picked off twice by Damarion Parham and Hernando also lost two fumbles. The Tigers would get on the board late with Darden scoring a touchdown run, however, a missed PAT made the score a two possession game with four minutes left in the game. Hernando failed the onside kick attempt, and the Chargers would run out the rest of the clock and advance to 8-3 on the year. The Chargers are now 4-2 in region play, but are still on the outside looking in based on a couple of game results. Oxford has the biggest test of the season awaiting them, a trip to the Flood Zone to take on No. 3 Tupelo, who clinched the division with a win against Horn Lake. Hernando’s loss officially eliminates them from the playoffs, but they will host Columbus next week for the final game of 2017. Player of the game: Oxford - RB Hiram Wadlington

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