Mistakes costly for Oxford gridders

OXFORD – Oxford experienced the highest of highs after a goal line stand before surrendering to the shallowest of low feelings a mere moment later.

Moravia’s Cody Langtry recovered an Oxford fumble in the endzone with 9:07 left in the fourth quarter to give the Blue Devils the lead for the first time, and the visiting team tacked on an insurance score after yet another Blackhawks fumble to pick up a season-closing 30-14 win on Thursday night.

The Blackhawks (4-5) failed in their bid to record the school’s first winning season in four years, much of that due to mistake-laden football in which they accumulated five turnovers, 10 penalties, and at least six dropped passes.

“The mistakes hurt us, no question,” said Oxford coach Mike Chrystie. “On their drives, we gave them a short field, and they took advantage. You have to take care of ball, and you need to be physical up front.”

And on offense, Moravia made Oxford a one-dimensional offensive team holding the host club to minus-eight yards rushing in the second half and only 20 yards rushing on 26 carries. Other than a one-point loss to Delhi three weeks ago, Oxford had rushed for at least 100 yards in each of its other seven games.

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