Southaven opened the home part of their schedule on Friday night with a 20-16 loss to the Commodores of Lafayette.
Southaven received the ball first and marched slowly and steadily down the field in 17 plays and finished successfully with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Hibbler to Isaiah Brevard. Hibbler then found Jeremiah Kimbrough for a two-point conversion to give the Chargers an early 8-0 lead.
The Commodores responded with a successful drive of their own and punched in a seven-yard touchdown. A failed PAT left the Chargers in front 8-6 late in the first quarter.
The Chargers doubled down and zipped 68-yards down the field ending the same way their first drive did – Hibbler to Brevard for a touchdown. This time, the touchdown was for 21-yards and Zakarrius Townes added the two-point conversion to extend the lead to 16-6.
The battle of offenses continued into the second quarter as Lafayette answered again with another touchdown and PAT to lend the score of 16-13 heading into halftime.
To start the second half, the Charger’s defense came up big forcing a turnover on downs at their own 28-yard line. The offense, though, could not capitalize and punted after going three and out.
The remainder of the third quarter was a defensive struggle. The Charger’s first possession of the fourth ended in a blocked punt by the Commodores who then returned the ball down to Southaven’s three-yard line. A few plays later, Lafayette’s offense took advantage and punched in a touchdown from a yard out taking their first lead at 20-16 with 8:35 to go in the game.
Southaven responded with a promising drive but turned the ball over on downs at the Commodore’s 20-yard line with just over three minutes remaining in the game. The defense did what they could to hold Lafayette and give the offense one more chance but could not quite hold them. The Commodores ran out the final minutes walking away with a 20-16 victory.
The Chargers have a bye next week and will travel to Collierville on September 13th looking to earn their first win of the season.