Oxford: Home team wins battle of Chargers

By Blake Long/Special to the Journal

OXFORD – Looking at results from the past two seasons between Oxford and Callaway, it’s easy to see why Jamie Perkins was worried for his team’s playoff opener with the Jackson-based school.
Callaway defeated Oxford in a second round playoff game in 2010, while Perkins’ squad edged out a victory in penalty kicks last season.
This year’s edition was as tightly contested, but two second half goals allowed the home-standing Chargers to pull away and secure a 3-1 victory to advance to the Class 5A quarterfinals.
“I was more worried about the first round than the other teams, because I think this team is dangerous,” Perkins said. “We had some great plays and we capitalized on them.”
One of those great plays belonged to Edward Terry. Coming down the left side of the field, and with a defender tightly guarding him, Terry used his left-foot to bank a goal off the right post from 25 yards out.
“I looked for a shot off my right foot, but it wasn’t there so I turned back to my left,” said Terry of his goal that put Oxford up 3-1 with 28 minutes to play. “I was lucky enough to have it go in.”
In a battle of Chargers, it was Oxford (13-2-3) that took an early lead 15 minutes in on a James Lear goal.
Callaway (9-3-1) responded three minutes later. Daniel Birtfield knocked in the equalizer off a throw in from the side of the field.
Hayden Steward broke the halftime tie four minutes into the second half with a goal off a deflection for what was the eventual game-winning score.
“We had a great period in the first half where we were able to sustain pressure and not let them break us down,” Callaway coach Michael McGeown said. “But whenever the third goal went in obviously it was too much for us.”
(G) Oxford 8, Callaway 0: Zoe Scruggs scored two goals to lead the Lady Chargers (9-8) to a 7-0 halftime lead over Callaway (7-4).
Both Oxford teams will host Starkville in state quarterfinal games on Saturday.