Chargers News · Chargers fall to Oxford in District Opener

The Southaven Chargers were set to host the Chargers of Oxford on Friday night, but the game was moved to 4:00 on Saturday due to lightning in the area Friday evening. Saturday’s result was not in the favor of the home Chargers as they fell 30-7 to Oxford.

To begin the game, Southaven punted on each of their first two possessions and Oxford punted on their first. On Oxford’s second possession, they steadily drove down the field on thirteen plays before kicking a 22-yard field goal taking a 3-0 lead.

Following another punt by Norton, the Chargers of Oxford took over on Southaven’s 42-yard line. Two plays later, Oxford connected on a 41-yard pass for a touchdown. After a missed two-point conversion, Oxford led 9-0.

Southaven was forced to punt yet again and Oxford marched right down the field for another score to begin the second quarter. The drive was capped off by a short touchdown run by their quarterback extending the lead to 16-0.

Southaven’s sophomore quarterback, Jordan Hibbler, was then intercepted on the ensuing possession and returned for a touchdown lending a 23-0 lead for Oxford.

The home Chargers finally put together some positive offense before stalling at the Oxford 35-yard line and turning the ball over on downs. Oxford continued in their successful ways of the first half and marched gradually down the field en route to another short touchdown run and a 30-0 lead with 1:28 to play in the first half.

Each team alternated punts to begin the second half. Backed up deep on their own side of the field, Hibbler threw a deep pass down the sideline that was intercepted by Oxford and returned to the Southaven 35-yard line. The good field position was wasted though, and the Southaven defense forced a missed field goal.

Each team continued to exchange punts before Kalen Chambers came up with an interception for Southaven in the end zone with about 10 minutes to go in the game. More punts were swapped back and forth as the clock wound down in the fourth quarter.

The Charger offense did not give up, though. With only a few minutes remaining in the game, Southaven put together a scoring drive finished off with a passing touchdown from Hibbler to Jeremiah Kimbrough giving us a final score of 30-7.

Southaven’s overall record is now at 1-4 and 0-1 in district. Next week, the Chargers will travel south to play another district game against the Tigers of Hernando.