Six years of frustration over losing to Lafayette was erased in one night for the Oxford Chargers thanks to an inspired and near flawless defensive performance. The Chargers defeated the fifth-ranked Commodores 19-0 in front of a jubilant home crowd at Bobby Holcomb Field and regional television audience watching live on Fox Sports South on Thursday night by pounding the Commodores into submission at the point of attack.
It was the first win for the Chargers (3-0 overall) in the annual Crosstown Classic since 2005 and first shutout for either team in the series since the Chargers beat LHS (2-1) 7-0 in 1996.
In a game that was sponsored by C Spire Wireless and labeled as “Bright Lights Football,” it was the Chargers’ defense that shined the brightest in a game that was controlled by OHS from start to finish.
To put into perspective just how good the Chargers were on defense, they held Lafayette — which had not been shut out since the 2008 4A playoffs and had won 34 straight games — to just 68 total yards. Quarterback Brandon Mack, who rushed for 127 yards against Class 6A Tupelo in the opener, was held to negative-3 yards on 14 carries, while the super fast D.K. Buford was held to just 21 yards on 11 rushing attempts. After making Tupelo and Greenwood pay by cashing in on turnovers, Oxford flipped the script on Lafayette. The Chargers caused three turnovers in the second half, including two interceptions, with one going for a 36-yard touchdown returned by junior Mark Pegues.
(August 31, 2012, Page 6A)