OXFORD – Oxford will play for the postseason berth Saturday at Delhi, while B-G can perhaps gain some confidence as it finishes out its regular season schedule.
In a contest where the loser would see its playoff dream evaporate, Oxford controlled the line of scrimmage and smothered the B-G offense for three quarters en route to a 34-13 victory here Friday.
The Bobcats had 154 yards of offense in the fourth quarter during desperation and mop-up time, and B-G coach Tim Mattingly fully recognized Oxford’s dominance. “They flat out handled us on the offensive and defensive lines,” he said. “We knew coming into the game that we had to win the line of scrimmage. Oxford is a good team with physical kids and talented skill position players.”
The Blackhawks (3-1, 5-2) won their fourth straight game, and Scott Shackelton continued his torrid scoring pace with three more TD runs to give him 17 on the season. It wasn’t however, until midway through the fourth quarter when Oxford truly asserted its dominance.
A bad punt snap to Bobcats punter Willie McGinnis gave Oxford prime field position at the B-G 18. Three plays later, Shackelton barreled in from the one for his third score.