The Oxford Football lost a heartbreaker to Crosby High School by a score of 50 – 40 this past Friday night in Oxford. After scoring on their 1st drive, a 1 yard run by Matt Stordy, and converting the 2 pt attempt, a pass from Cayden Mitchell to Julian Ferrante, the young Wolverines lead by a score of 8-0 with 7:43 left to play in the 1st Quarter.
The Bulldogs from Waterbury answered quickly with a score of their own, but failed in their conversion attempt, and Oxford lead 8-6 with just 5:30 left in the 1st Quarter.
On Oxford’s next play from scrimmage, Mitchell found Ferrante all alone in the middle of the field for a 57 yard scoring play. The conversion attempt failed and Oxford had a 14-6 lead with 5:10 to play in the 1st quarter.
In the 2nd quarter, Oxford scored again with 8:15 seconds to play on another Matt Stordy touchdown run from 10 yards out to make the score Oxford 20 Crosby 6. The Bulldogs would fight back and scored 2 more times before the half was over, and the contest was tied at 20 going into halftime.
In the 3rd Quarter, Crosby scored first to take a 26 – 20 lead, only to have Oxford tie the score on another Julian Ferrante reception from Cayden Mitchell, this time from 56 yards out. Oxford would regain the lead with 5:02 seconds to play in the 3rd, on another Matt Stordy touchdown run of 8 yards, making the score 32-26. Thirty seconds later, Crosby was able to tie the game at 32.
In the 4th Quarter, on a 4th and 8, a controversial touchdown call gave Crosby the lead once again as the Crosby wide receiver appeared to have dropped the football. The officials disagreed with each other on the call, and a touchdown was determined to be the outcome. The following 2 pt conversion attempt was no good, but again another controversial penalty was called against the Wolverines and Crosby was given another attempt at the conversion try. This time Crosby was successful and the Bulldog lead was now 10 instead of 8, with just 7:36 to play in the game.
On Oxford’s next possession, Mitchell found Captain Robert Sergiyenko down the right sideline and Sergiyenko did the rest, scampering 46 yards to pay dirt bringing the Wolverines to within 4 points, 42 – 38. Andrew Aldo caught the 2 pt conversion attempt from Mitchell, to make the score 42 – 40 with just 7:10 to play.
After both teams traded possessions, Crosby took over on downs at the Oxford 39 yard line with just 2:36 seconds to play and scored to make the final score 50 – 40. The exciting back-and-forth game was watched before a loud and energetic crowd, especially the OZONE student section.
The Wolverines will travel up the road to Woodland High School next Friday night to take on their neighbors the Woodland Hawks at 6:30.
Game 1 vs Watertown
Game 2 vs Sacred Heart
Game 3 vs Ansonia