The Oxford Chargers travel to face the South Panola Tigers Friday night. The 6A district matchup will kick off at 7 p.m.
Oxford (4-2) comes into the game after a 23-13, hard-fought loss to Southaven last week. The Chargers took an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter before Southaven reeled off 23 unanswered points. Oxford answered in the fourth quarter with a touchdown, but could not convert on the two-point attempt.
“First off, you have to give a lot of credit to Southaven. They have a good team, coaching staff, a lot of good players, and they played well,” Oxford head coach Chris Cutcliffe said. “I think we have a lot of issues we have to look at… with six turnovers, way too many penalties and way too many busted assignments and lots of little things. It comes back to me that we have got to fix those issues and make sure that we get those things corrected and be ready to play a great game on Friday night.”
Sophomore Jeremiah Pegues led the Chargers receiving core against Southaven with six receptions for 149 yards and one touchdown scored.
South Panola welcomes Oxford into town with a record of 0-1 in the district and 4-2 overall on the season. Last week, the Tigers came up short against Horn Lake by the score of 33-21. Horn Lake was able to hold the Tigers to 352 yards while gaining 481 yards total offense.
While the Tigers suffered a loss last week, Cutcliffe said they will be no easy match for the Chargers.
“South Panola is a very talented team. I think that it starts with the play of their quarterback Patrick Shegog, who is a really talented guy, who can hurt you with his arm and his legs,” Cutcliffe said. “They are good up front, on both sides of the ball, like all good football teams are, and it starts in the trenches. Coach Woods is one of the best that has ever done it in Mississippi. They are well-coached and a well-prepared football team. We know that we have a great challenge ahead.”
This will be the first time that the Chargers and the Tigers will meet on the gridiron as district foes. All of the action can be heard on 95.5 FM.
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