n Oxford's defense sets tone in team's second consecutive victory.
From staff reports
PONTOTOC - Oxford's swarming defense limited Pontotoc to 109 total yards in the muck Friday night, and the Chargers won their second straight, beating the Warriors 14-10.
The Chargers (2-4) won in spite of fumbling three punts.
Pontotoc got its last turnover at the Oxford 40 trailing 14-10. Warriors' quarterback Michael Penson threw deep on the first play and was intercepted by Oxford's Amp Smith at the Chargers' 3-yard line on the last play of the third quarter.
"We wanted to play a field position game, but we hurt ourselves there with the turnovers," Oxford coach Johnny Hill said. "But our defense did a great job."
Pontotoc (3-3) got on the board first with a 22-yard field goal by Robert Bass with 8 minutes, 4 seconds left in the second quarter.
Oxford (2-4) grabbed the lead at the 2:30 mark of the period when quarterback Turner Barnes scored on a 2-yard run, and Derek Fortenberry added the PAT to make it 7-3 at the half.
Pontotoc went back in front on a 91-yard punt return by Marcus Thomas for a 10-7 advantage, but that was all the scoring for the Warriors.
Oxford got the winning points with 1:51 left in the third when Barnes and Jason Keller connected on a 65-yard pass-and-run. Barnes hit Keller in the left flat, and Keller handled the rest, running 60 yards in front of the Chargers' bench.
Pontotoc's last offensive possession ended in back-to-back sacks, and the Chargers ran out the clock.
Oxford's Barnes finished with 52 yards rushing and a touchdown and was 3-for-10 passing for 102 yards and a touchdown.
"We knew we were going to have to run the ball in this weather, and we did a great job at the line of scrimmage," Hill said. "We got two in a row. Now let's go for three."