DeSoto County football teams struggled Thursday night in Oxford, as DeSoto Central fell to Oxford High 21-7 and Lewisburg dropped a 34-14 decision to Lafayette.
The Oxford win against DeSoto Central was sloppy at best, as both teams dealt with penalties, turnovers and other miscues.
The loss for DeSoto Central was its third straight and dropped the Jags to 3-5 for the season, 0-3 in region play.
Meanwhile Oxford improved to 5-3 overall and 1-2 in the region standings.
"Turnovers, penalties just put us in a bind," said DeSoto Central coach Shelby Ford. "You can't give a good football team those many chances. We just didn't take advantage of our chances. We made the plays late and fought to the end, just too many mistakes."
Oxford took the lead in the first quarter on a 21-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Joe O'Keefe which climaxed the opening drive of the game.
Defenses held in the second quarter, as two fourth down tries by the Jaguars failed on pass incompletions.
But, Oxford scored on the final play of the half, when quarterback John Reece McClure found Samuel Bianco wide open in the secondary. Bianco's 37-yard touchdown as the clock hit triple zeros gave the Chargers a 14-0 bulge entering intermission.
Following a scoreless third quarter, Oxford took a three-touchdown lead with 10:44 left in the game. A long run by Hiram Wadlington Jr. set up John Meagher's six-yard run for a score and a 21-0 Oxford edge.
But as fans were starting to think about heading home, DeSoto Central caught a bit of life late in the game, as London Bowers caught an Oxford pass and went 95 yards for the score. The extra point kick got the Jaguars within 21-7 with 3:28 remaining.
Next week, DeSoto Central will host Hernando, while Oxford travels to Horn Lake.
"You find out a lot about yourself when things go bad," Ford said. "We're not going to quit."
Over at Lafayette High School, Lewisburg took a 14-0 lead but the home Commodores then scored the final 34 points of the game to take down the Patriots 34-14.
Hakeem Vance took charge offensively for the Patriots, scoring on a short run early in the quarter and added an 85-yard pass reception from quarterback Michael Green for another score.
But, it was all Lafayette after that, with Jamarcus Quarles scoring three times in the victory.
Lewisburg will play host to Center Hill next week. The Patriots (4-3/0-3) have now lost three straight. Lafayette (2-5/2-1) has won two straight ahead of Friday's game at Grenada.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.