Southaven opened up the football season on the road Friday night with an out of state matchup with the Houston Mustangs of Germantown, Tn. The Chargers came away with a 36-12 loss.
Midway thru the first quarter, the Mustangs got on the board first with a field goal to take a 3-0 lead.
The Chargers responded a few drives later with a very productive and lengthy possession. Zakarrius Townes finished the drive with a short touchdown run and the first points of the young season to take the lead 6-3.
The defense responded well and kept the momentum forcing the Mustangs into a three and out.
The offense put together yet another successful drive to follow capped off with a 30-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jordan Hibbler extending the lead to 12-3.
Houston was not ready to call in a night just yet and scored their first touchdown on the ensuing possession to cut into the lead 12-10.
The Chargers followed with a three and out offensively and a bad snap on the punt gave the Mustangs great field position with only moments remaining in the half. They managed a touchdown with under a minute remaining to take a 16-12 lead to halftime.
To start the second half, the Mustangs extended their lead to 10 with a quick touchdown drive.
The Chargers responded with a promising drive only to stall inside the 15-yard line.
Southaven’s defense gave new life by forcing a three and out and setting up good field position on a long punt return. The Chargers offense though, stalled a second time in the redzone to start the fourth quarter.
Houston ran right down the gut for another touchdown all but burying the chargers now down 29-12 with 10 minutes to go.
The Mustangs added one more touchdown late to lend the final score 36-12.
The Chargers will go back to the drawing board this week and look to rebound in the home opener next week against Lafayette.