Southaven hosted a district match-up against the Tigers of South Panola Friday night and lost by a score of 28-7.
South Panola got the ball first and wasted no time in getting points on the board with a 59-yard touchdown run up the middle on just the fourth play from scrimmage.
The Charger’s offense did not move the ball on their first possession, and South Panola struck quickly yet again. The Tigers hit a receiver on a slant who then fumbled only to be recovered by another receiver for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead.
Each team then got sloppy with the ball. Sophomore quarterback Jonah Posey threw an interception for the Chargers, then Michael Johnson intercepted South Panola. Southaven’s offense then had another three and out before Kendarrious Reed forced a fumble that Cedric Adams recovered for Southaven.
The Charger offense finally took advantage and put together a scoring drive. Posey found freshman receiver Isaiah Brevard for a 12-yard touchdown to cut into the lead 14-7 only three seconds into the second quarter.
Southaven’s defense came through on the ensuing possession and forced a three and out. Just when it looked like the Chargers would even things up, Posey was picked off in the end zone, and the ball was returned all the way to the Charger 36-yard line.
The Southaven defense stood strong and forced a three and out, but the Tigers forced another Posey interception and took this one to the house, extending the lead to 21-7.
The Charger’s had one more scoring opportunity in the half but were unable to convert a 17-yard field goal.
Each team had a moderate drive to begin the third quarter. The Chargers were forced to punt, and the Tigers fumbled at the Southaven eight yard line. Southaven punted once more and so did the Tigers.
Punts and unsuccessful drives continued to abound throughout the second half until South Panola added another score on a long drive filled with steady runs. That drive all but ended it for the Chargers as the Tigers went up 28-7 with only 6:32 remaining.
Southaven falls to 4-5 overall with the loss and 3-2 in district. The Chargers travel across town next week to face in-town rival Desoto Central. Southaven is still in the playoff hunt and can keep those hopes alive with a win over the other Southaven team next week.