CATEGORY: FOL High School Football

AUTHOR: STAFF

HED:Pontotoc holds off Oxford

From staff reports

OXFORD - The Pontotoc Warriors held off a late rally from Oxford and escaped with a 23-15 win over the Chargers Friday.

Pontotoc, coming off a 31-0 win over Bruce in its opener, got a 2-yard run from Ellis Scott late in the fourth quarter for the decisive points.

The Warriors led by just one when Scott dashed across, and Robert Bass' conversion provided an eight-point cushion.

But Oxford came back. The Chargers reached the Pontotoc 11-yard line on their last possession, but an intentional grounding call pushed them back to the 27.

Oxford (0-2) eventually turned the ball over on downs.

"We played harder, but we're still making some mistakes," Chargers coach Johnny Hill said. "We need to hang on to the ball. We fumbled down inside the 10 once, and when we got inside the 20 late in the game we lost momentum and started going backward.

"We played with a lot of heart, and I was proud of that. I need to do a better job on the coaching end."

Dedrick Clark gave the Warriors (2-0) the lead in the second quarter with a 4-yard run. Bass' kick made it 7-0.

Oxford drew even later in the period on an 86-yard runby Neiven Mitchell.

The Warriors, however, extended their lead in the second quarter.

Clark struck again, this time scoring on a 3-yard pass from Jason McBride.

Bass' kick was blocked, but he drilled a 43-yard field goal before the buzzer to give Pontotoc a 16-7 cushion at the half.

Oxford got as close as one point back early in the fourth quarter. Andre Redden scored on a 10-yard run, and Kent Gowan passed to Brad Pitre for the 2-point conversion to make it 16-15.

Mitchell rushed for 115 yards for Oxford.

Pontotoc is at home against South Pontotoc next week. Oxford will go for its first win at Ripley, which is currently ranked second in the Daily Journal's large school poll.

The Class 3A Tigers won at Class 5A Southhaven 18-14 Friday.

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