Area roundup: Huge first half helps top-ranked Chargers stay perfect

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Oxford, the Daily Journal’s No. 1-ranked 5A/6A team, scored 37 first-half points on its way to a convincing 40-9 home victory against Lewisburg in Division 1-5A play.

The Chargers (7-0, 3-0) took a 16-0 first-quarter lead on the first of Kenzie Phillips’ two TD runs, a 21-yarder. Jack Abraham had a 2-yard TD pass to Kyree White to go with a safety.

Abraham, who threw 3 TD passes, hit Conrey Meagher for 29 yards and K.T. McCollin for 38 yards for second-quarter scores.

Phillips scored on a 10-yard run for his second TD to give the Chargers a 37-0 halftime lead. Connell Yoste kicked a 29-yard field goal for Oxford.

Also Friday

BALDWYN 58, HATLEY 7: Bearcats QB Corbin Scott completed 10 of 13 for 140 yards and 4 TD to lead the Journal’s No. 2-ranked 1A/2A team.

Scott connected with Tylan Shinault for 17 yards, Clayton Gray for 6 and 62 yards, and Devonta Gates for 3 yards.

Also for Baldwyn (5-3, 2-0) Shinault also had a 34-yard TD run and Gates had a 41-yard rushing TD.

CLARKSDALE 36, SALTILLO 29: Diamante Pounds scored on runs of 7 and 54 yards while Malik Randolph caught a 66-yard TD pass and A.J. Rye had a 53-yard scoring catch in a 1-5A loss.

BRUCE 25, EUPORA 20: Eupora (5-1, 0-1) fell from the unbeatens with its 4-2A loss to the Trojans (5-2, 1-1). Jay Johnson scored on an 90-yard kickoff return and caught a 15-yard TD pass from Donta Armstrong for Bruce.

BYHALIA 14, NEW ALBANY 12: Curtis Aikens caught a 15-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter to lift Byhalia to 2-4A win. New Albany (4-4, 1-1) scored on a 31-yard pass to Tyrone Vance from Bryce Collins.

Eathen Rainey kicked field goals of 34 and 41 yards.

COFFEEVILLE 34, SMITHVILLE 22: Drew Lann rushed for 1 TD and hooked up with Neil Knight for a 17-yard score in Smithville’s 1-1A loss to Coffeeville.

ROSA FORT 26, LAFAYETTE 20: Running back D.K, Buford scored on runs of 2 and 25 yards, but it wasn’t enough for the Commodores (3-5, 0-2) in their 2-4A loss.

KOSSUTH 16, BELMONT 13: Jacob Meeks kicked a 42-yard field goal and Weston Bobo scored 2 TD to lead the Aggies to a 1-3A win.

MOOREVILLE 36, ALCORN CENTRAL 0: The Troopers (3-4, 1-1) scored 29 points in the first half.

John Peugh passed 15 yards to Robert Patton and 45 yards to Xavier Jackson for Mooreville TDs. Peugh also scored on a 2-yard run.

Peyton Boren added a 20-yard fumble recovery for a TD and Chris Rucker had a 54-yard TD run for Mooreville.

FALKNER 59, BIGGERSVILLE 32: Running back Jeramie Lawrence scored 4 TD on runs of 9, 11, 15 and 16 yards to lead the Eagles (5-2, 3-0) to a Division 1-1A victory. Jase Stroupe threw for two TDs and added a 17-yard scoring run for Falkner.

MANTACHIE 51, NEW SITE 30: Dustin Carrell threw 3 TD passes, kicked a 23-yard field goal and rushed for another score in the Mustangs’ 1-2A win. Clay Johnson caught two TD passes of 20 and 28 yards for Manatchie (5-3, 1-1).

STARKVILLE 39, WESTON 6: The Yellow Jackets (5-2, 3-0) scored 29 points in the first half of a 2-6A win.

QB Princeton Jones scored on a 1-yard run and threw a 40-yard TD to LaBorrious Pittman for Starkville, which hosts Madison Central next week.

MARSHALL ACADEMY 49, BENTON COUNTY 16: QB Dakota Dailey accounted for 4 TDs to lead Patriots (7-1).

SOUTH PANOLA 49, HERNANDO 0: The Tigers host Tupelo next week in Division 1-6A play. The Golden Wave last beat South Panola in 2001.

PETAL 20, BRANDON 13: The Panthers, ranked No. 5 statewide, defeated the state’s top-ranked Bulldogs.