OXFORD – The 2015 Lafayette County Crosstown Classic came down to the wire, but Oxford was able to outlast Lafayette by a score of 31-21.
Lafayette got off to a fast start and broke the scoring open early. After forcing a three and out to open the game, senior running back Tyrell Price broke a 63-yard run down to the 1-yard line and finished it off one play later with a 1-yard TD run to put the Commodores ahead, 7-0.
After falling in the early hole, senior quarterback Jack Abraham and the Oxford offense went to work. Abraham answered quickly with a 55-yard touchdown pass to Ken Presley to tie the game. Presley and Abraham hooked up again on the next possession, this one a12-yard strike to put the Chargers ahead, 14-7. Abraham went 20-34 for 225 yards and 3 touchdowns on the night.
After Oxford added a field goal to take a 17-7 lead, Lafayette again rode Price down the field for a touchdown to pull within three points at the half. Price carried the majority of the load for the Lafayette offense on the night with 33 carries for 228 yards and two touchdowns.
Lafayette looked poised to take the lead on their opening possession of the second half before a Price fumble deep in Oxford territory ended the drive. Turnovers proved costly for Lafayette in the second half as they turned the ball over on each of their first three possessions, all of them coming in Oxford territory.
Oxford capitalized on the Price fumble and drove the ball down the field for a touchdown on a 13-yard strike from Abraham to Jimmy Greaser, putting the Chargers ahead 24-14.
Lafayette made it interesting late after Will Ard pulled the Commodores within three on a 20-yard quarterback keeper that made it a 24-21 ballgame with just over six minutes left.
Just when it looked like Lafayette might complete the comeback, Abraham and the Oxford offense put together one last drive that was capped by a 20-yard Drew Bianco run that sealed the victory for Oxford.
It was Oxford’s fourth consecutive Crosstown Classic win as they improved to 2-2 on the year. Lafayette fell to 3-1.