By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Oxford lived on Lafayette’s side of the field Thursday night and in front of a television audience took back the Crosstown Classic trophy with a 19-0 win at Bobby Holcomb Field.
In an off-and-on again rain, it was the first Oxford win against the rival Commodores (2-1) since 2005 and on a larger scale ended Lafayette’s 34-game winning streak, the longest in the state.
Oxford’s defense held Lafayette and running tandem Brandon Mack and D.K. Buford to 23 total yards in the first half and stopped the only drive that looked to be giving the Dores any momentum in the second.
“Awesome, just awesome,” Oxford coach Johnny Hill said. “The offense played well. We didn’t put them away like we needed to. But I’m going to tell you, special teams was pretty special.”
Trailing 13-0 and driving, Lafayette QB Mack was picked by Oxford’s Leanthony Rogers at the 10 yard line.
Lafayette’s next drive ended in an interception that Mark Pegues took 36 yards to the end zone with less than a minute to play.
“They did a great job defensively, the best defense we’ve seen this year no doubt,” Lafayette coach Eric Robertson said.
The Chargers (3-0) took a 7-0 lead on their second possession, a 10-play, 55-yard drive that Jarius Barnes capped with a 1-yard touchdown.
Oxford had two drives in the second quarter from the 50 and Lafayette 42. From the 50, the Chargers drove to the 14 and Cody Mills connected on a 31-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead at the half.
There were three potential TD passes dropped, but Hill, though he admitted he would have enjoyed an earlier cushion, looked at it in a different light.
“It’s good to have that many weapons that you can’t double up any of them,” he said.
Mills missed three field goals but hit from 26 after a risky on-side kick to open the second half that Hunter McCullough recovered. Oxford quarterback Parker Adamson was 12 of 19 for 132 yards.