Oxford ends Starkville’s 45-game winning streak at home


STARKVILLE – All good things come to an end, and on Friday night one of those things ended for the Starkville High School football team.

It had been nearly a decade since the Yellow Jackets lost a home game, and that streak was interrupted by Oxford with a score of 42-35.

Each team has started well, playing solid attacking football with quick scoring practices. But the problems for the Yellow Jackets started in the second quarter. Besides the fact that Starkville just couldn’t stop, there were some offensive mistakes that didn’t help.

“We can’t make mistakes against good teams, you know they (Oxford) don’t need any help, they’re good enough,” Starkville coach Chris Jones said.

The Chargers showed how “good enough” they were in the second quarter, when they pinned 20 unanswered points on the Yellow Jackets before halftime, including a 77-yard punt return by Roman Gregory and a return. 30 yard fumble for a touchdown.

The Chargers hadn’t scored a touchdown that wasn’t from their offense until Friday, after they had scored two in a quarter.

Sophomore wide receiver Braylon “Stonka” Burnside and quarterback Trey Petty appeared to make every play for the Yellowjackets after halftime, with Burnside totaling eight receptions for 155 yards and one touchdown and Petty throwing for 202 yards and a touchdown and rushing for a score and catching a pass for a third TD.

Petty recently visited Mississippi state over the Alabama game weekend, but sophomores still have plenty of time to make a huge impact on the success of the Yellow Jackets in the years to come.

“He’s a fighter,” Jones said of Petty. “He’s a winner and he competed until the end. I expect him to keep improving, but sometimes it takes a loss… to get yourself where you need to be mentally.

Starkville (8-1) and Oxford (6-3) are tied with Madison Central (7-1 after a 31-0 win over Germantown on Friday night) atop the Class 6A, Region 2 standings with regional records of 4-1. The Jackets are 1-1 against the other two, while Madison Central travel to Oxford to end the regular season.

Starkville does not control his own destiny; if all three teams win next week and Madison Central beats Oxford in the final, the Yellow Jackets will claim the regional title with their victory over Madison Central. If Oxford beat Madison Central, the Chargers would own the tiebreaker.

This Friday, Oxford will face Granada (5-4, 1-4) while Madison Central will face Murrah (1-8). Jones, Petty, Burnside and the rest of the Yellowjackets will look to find their way back to victory next week, when they face Germantown looking to start another winning streak at home before playing in Granada to close out the regular season.

Oxford 42, Starkville 35

Oxford (6-3, 4-1 6A-2) 8 20 7 7 – 42

Starkville (8-1, 4-1 6A-2) 14 0 7 14 – 35

First shift

O – Roman Gregory 2 run (Dane Harmon pass by Michael Harvey), 8:05

S – Jordan Mitchell 1 run (Josh Eaves kick), 3:03

S – Trey Petty 6 race (Eaves kick),: 49

Second quarter

O – Roman Gregory 7 run (William Wilkinson kick), 9:41

O – Gregory 77 kick return (Wilkinson kick), 4:33

O – Dem Mitchell 30 fumble recovery (missed kick),: 34

Third quarter

S – Mitchell’s Petty 19 Pass (Eaves Kick), 4:58

O – Tracy Harris 12 run (Wilkinson kick), 4:00

Fourth trimester

S – Braylon Burnside 46 pass from Petty (Eaves kick), 3:49

S – Mitchell 7 run (Eaves kick), 2:52

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