The Oxford Football team suffered a heartbreaking defeat to the hands of Derby Friday night by a score of 32 – 26.
Oxford scored first after an interception by Julian Ferrante set up the Wolverines on their opponents 26 yard line. Cayden Mitchell found Joe Yacovelli on a sprint out down the right sideline for a touchdown and gave Oxford a quick 6-0 lead with 9:39 to play in the 1st Quarter.
Derby responded with 3:31 left in the 1st Quarter when QB Chris Oliwa ran it in from 4 yards out. Zaire Flowers ran in the 2pt conversion and the Red Raiders took the lead 8-6. Oxford came back quickly and with just minute to play in the 1st, regained the lead on a 5 yard run by Dylan Batlle. The try for conversion was unsuccessful and the lead remained at 12-8.
The only score in the 2nd Quarter came when Derby’s Oliwa again ran into the end zone, this time from just a yard out, giving Derby a 14-12 lead at the half.
After a Jakwan Hale 4 yard TD reception gave Derby a 20-12 lead, Oxford responded with a score of their own on a 6 yard run by Matt Stordy. The attempt to tie the game was unsuccessful and Derby clinged to a 2 point lead at 20-18.
In the 4th Quarter, Derby’s Tom Abel scored with 5:55 to play giving Derby a 26-18 lead, but the Wolverines refused to quit and drove down the field and scored when Senior Captain Rob Sergiyenko caught a 5 yard pass in the end zone from Cayden Mitchell making the score 26-24 with 2:01 seconds to play. The Wolverines threw the ball into the end zone for the 2 point conversion and tied the game at 26-26.
On Derby’s next offensive possession, they were able to drive the ball down the field and score with just 23.5 seconds to play giving them a 32-26 lead. But Oxford still did not quit, and returned Derby’s kick off back to the Derby 20 yard line with just 8.9 seconds to play, giving them 1 more chance to pull out the win. Unfortunately for Oxford, the pass was unsuccessful and Derby held on for the victory, 32-26.
Oxford will travel to Wolcott next Friday night for a 6:30 kick off. The game will be aired live as The Game of the Week on 1320 AM Waterbury radio.