Southaven played host to the Hernando Tigers on Friday night and flipped the script after a slow first half to run away with the win in the second half by a score of 42-24.
Each team alternated punts to start the game. Southaven had a short punt lending good field position for the Tigers at the Southaven 40-yard line. Hernando capitalized and scored a short touchdown on a run up the middle to take the early lead 7-0.
The ensuing kickoff went south for Southaven when the ball was fumbled and recovered by Hernando at the Southaven 35-yard line. A few plays later, Hernando punched it in for a second touchdown in less than three minutes of game time extending the lead to 14-0.
The following kickoff ended the same way the previous did: another fumble. Hernando took over on the Charger 27-yard line. With the aid of a personal foul penalty, the Charger defense held the Tigers to a field goal to yield a score of 17-0 just into the second quarter.
After picking up two first downs, quarterback Jordan Hibbler found a wide open Zay’lon Burt for a 32-yard touchdown pass cutting into the lead 17-6.
The Charger’s defense responded well carrying the momentum from the first score and force a three and out. A good punt from Hernando put the offense inside their own five-yard line where the offense did well to avoid a safety. After one first down, Southaven punted to their own 42-yard line where the Tigers took over.
Teams alternated punts once more before the Tigers added to their first half lead with under a minute to go in the second quarter. Southaven thought they were going to head to the locker room down 24-6.
Southaven then put together their best drive of the first half in the final minute. A couple quick out routes gave the Chargers a chance for a heave with seven seconds remaining on the clock. Hibbler found Isaiah Brevard in the middle of the end zone for a 25-yard touchdown leading to a 24-14 deficit at halftime.
Penalties derailed the first drive of the second half for the Chargers and they were forced to punt. The defense forced the first Hernando turnover of the night on the following drive when a fumble was recovered by Tradarrious Johnson.
The offense took over on the Hernando 42-yard line but the possession was cut short by a fumble of their own. The Tigers regained possession at the Charger 39-yard line. Two plays later, the Tigers coughed it up once more and Nikarri Jeans recovered for the Chargers.
Chargers took advantage of this turnover and scored on a quick strike from Hibbler to Lontezius Green on a 27-yard pass. The two-point conversion was good from Hibbler to Brevard cutting the lead for Hernando down to 24-22.
The offense turned to Trestin Tucker to carry the momentum and he did just that. He heaved a 24-yard pass up to Derrick Massey and two running plays later he punched it into the endzone on a two-yard touchdown run giving the Chargers their first lead of the night at 28-24.
The Charger defense carried the wave of emotion forcing a big turnover on downs near midfield allowing the offense to take over at the Southaven 43-yard line. The offense was slowed down a bit and finally had to punt. The defense was not on the field long, though, as the Hernando offense fumbled once more.
Southaven’s offense put together an impressive drive that began at their own 46-yard line but ended with a referee saying the ball hit the ground on a fourth down pass to Brevard in the end zone.
Hernando was pressing the issue trying to regain the lead late when Taquuan Anding intercepted a pass near midfield giving the ball back to the Charger offense with four and a half minutes remaining.
The offense decided to put the game on ice. Standing at fourth and six at the 50-yard line, Hibbler forced an offsides on a hard count then on a gamble at the Tiger 45-yard line, Hibbler ran through the middle of the Hernando offense for a touchdown. The following kickoff was never touched by Hernando and the Chargers recovered.
The very next play Hibbler put the game away with a 21-yard toss over the shoulder of Derrick Massey Jr. for a second touchdown in 14 seconds. The Chargers then led 42-24 with under three minutes remaining.
On a wild game including eight total turnovers, the Chargers had the better second half as the defense kept the Tigers off the scoreboard and the offense went crazy.
The Chargers improve to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in district. We travel to Tupelo next week and will host Lewisburg for homecoming in two weeks.