Southaven stayed home yet again on Friday night and hosted the Germantown (TN) Red Devils. Southaven lost by a final score of 44-14.
The Chargers kicked off to begin the game, and the defense forced a punt near midfield. When the offense took over on their own ten-yard line, things went backwards quickly and Germantown came up with a safety and a 2-0 lead for the Red Devils.
Following the punt, the Charger defense came up with a big play when Michael Hullett forced a fumble and Caleb Offord scooped up the ball and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown and a 7-2 lead for the Chargers.
The next Germantown drive also mired as the defense stood strong, and the Red Devil punt set up the Chargers offense at their own 31-yard line. Two consecutive false starts set them back and a three and out was forced. Senior Andrew Norton punted down to their 28-yard line where the Red Devils took back over.
A long and steady drive from Germantown was capped off with a short touchdown run as the Red Devils reclaimed the lead 8-7 followed by a failed two-point conversion.
The ensuing possession was quick and successful. Two long pass plays to Isaiah Brevard, the second a twenty-yard touchdown reception, led to the Chargers regaining the lead 14-8.
Southaven’s defense forced another punt near midfield, but Germantown attempted a fake. They were unsuccessful lending good field possession to the Charger offense in Germantown territory. On the second play of the drive, a dropped snap led to a recovery for Germantown at the Southaven 25-yard line.
Three plays later, Germantown broke a 23-yard run up the middle taking back the lead at 15-14 with 7:57 left in the half.
The next Charger possession went much like the first of the game. Two questionable holding calls backed the offense up inside the five-yard line, and the Red Devil defense got to quarterback Jordan Hibbler yet again. They forced the second safety of the game and extended the lead to 17-14.
The Southaven defense forced another short drive and punt from the Red Devils and took over on the Southaven 45-yard line with 2:47 remaining before the half. In what was likely the most penalized possession in the history of football (seven! on the Chargers), Southaven’s offense wound up punting from their own 19-yard line to end the half.
To start the second half, the Charger offense picked up one first down before stalling and a Norton punt. The defense responded well and forced a quick three and out.
The unfortunate tendency of the offense continued on into the second half as the Charger’s next drive only went backwards before another Norton punt to the Germantown 45-yard line. Three plays later, Germantown waltzed right through the middle of the Southaven defense for a 45-yard touchdown extending the lead to 23-14.
On just the second play of the following drive, Hibbler threw a short interception at the Southaven 45-yard line where the Red Devils resumed possession with 5:02 left in the third quarter.
What seemed to be headed for a sure touchdown for Germantown was backed up by the Charger defense and resulted in a missed field goal at the start of the fourth quarter.
Yet again, the offense moved backwards and Norton punted from the back of his own end zone to the Charger’s 31-yard line with 9:30 left in the fourth.
The Red Devils took advantage of the good field position and scored in a slow moving drive setting up a 30-14 lead.
The first play of the next Charger drive went badly as well. The snap was missed by Hibbler and recovered in the end zone by Germantown for a touchdown extending the lead to 37-14.
In an attempt to make up some ground quickly, Hibbler took a deep shot down the sideline and was intercepted near midfield with 6:30 to go in the game.
Germantown took their time yet again and scored on a 26-yard touchdown run to the outside to push the score to 44-14.
The Chargers now fall to 1-3 overall and begin district play next week as they host the other Chargers from Oxford for homecoming. Come out and support your hometown Chargers for the big night as they seek to get off to a good start in the significant games towards their hunt for the playoffs.