Southaven hosted the Golden Wave of Tupelo for a district match-up on Friday night. Tupelo came away with the victory 29-7.
Southaven received the opening kickoff and moved the ball with some success to midfield before Jordan Hibbler tossed an interception to the Golden Wave. The defense stood strong and forced a quick three and out but Tupelo downed the ball at our one-yard line.
Each team alternated stalling out on drives before Kalen Chambers came up with a huge play for the Charger defense. On third down, Chambers jumped a route and returned an interception 48-yards for the first score of the game and a 7-0 lead with less than a minute to go in the first quarter.
The home defense forced another three and out, but on the ensuing possession, Hibber threw another interception setting up a short field at the Southaven 19-yard line for the Tupelo offense. The defense helped out the offense once more and forced a field goal attempt that was wide left and the Chargers maintained a 7-0 lead.
The remainder of the half was uneventful as each team continued to move the ball very little on offense.
On the first drive of the second half, the Charger defense forced yet another three and out, but the special teams unit muffed the punt and Tupelo recovered the ball at the Southaven 32-yard line. That mistake led to the first score for the Tupelo offense, but on an odd two-point conversion attempt, the Charger defense forced a stop and held on to a 7-6 lead.
The following possession for the Chargers went badly. A bad snap, a sack, and a blocked punt led to Tupelo getting a safety and taking an 8-7 lead. After the punt following the safety went out of bounds, the Golden Wave moved down the field slowly converting two fourth and shorts en route to a touchdown. The extra point was good and extended the Tupelo lead to 15-7.
The next offensive possession did not go much better than the last. The offense moved backwards, and on a high risk, high reward play, a fake punt fell flat. The Tupelo offense then took over inside our own ten-yard line. Three plays later, the Golden Wave extended the lead once more to 22-7 on a short touchdown run.
Senior punter, Andrew Norton, was able to get off a good punt to end the next offensive possession, but this time Tupelo returned it to the Southaven 23-yard line. With 4:15 left the Charger defense forced a turnover on downs at our own 13-yard line and allowed the offense one more chance to make a move.
Southaven turned the ball over on downs at our 31-yard line after picking up one first down. Tupelo then was able score yet again on a run up the middle on the very next play extending the lead to 29-7 with 2:00 to go in the game.
The subsequent kickoff went south as well as the ball was stripped and Tupelo recovered at our 34-yard line. The Tupelo offense then took a knee and ran out the clock to end the game.
Tonight’s loss drops the overall record to 2-5 and 1-2 in district. Southaven will travel to Columbus next week for another district game and will attempt to even the district record at two.