On a cold night in Jackson the Picayune Maroon Tide proved that a game is never over until the final second ticks off the clock.
Oxford jumped out to a 35-21 3rd quarter lead before the Maroon Tide rolled up 21 4th quarter points to claim the 5A State Title.
On a reverse, quarterback Boderick Scott handed the ball off to Kadarius Cross and the junior would score the winning touchdown racing 75 yards for the go-ahead score with 2 minutes remaining in the game.
The Chargers were feeling content before Picayune exploded in the final 7:04 seconds. That's when Maroon Tide quarterback Scott fired a 40 yard touchdown pass to Daveon Greene to cut into Oxford's lead 35-28.
With 2:57 left on the game clock, Preston Dedeaux completed a Maroon Tide drive. The senior cracked the goal line from the 2 and Maroon Tide fans could feel it... as coach Dodd Lee's team tied the game at 35.
The Maroon Tide defense forced Oxford into a 3 and out and shocked the Chargers when Cross ripped off the 75 yard game winning run with two-minutes remaining.
Picayune recovered a fumble and ran out the clock for one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the state championships.
The Maroon Tide close out the 2013 season holding the 5A State Championship trophy ending the year with a 12-2 record.
Oxford heads home with its first setback of the season closing out the 2013 campaign with a 14-1 record. The Chargers have a number of young players and you can expect Oxford to be back in the title chase in 2014.
Picayune will graduate a number of key players from the 5A State Championship team, but coach Dodd Lee and his coaching staff always fill the gaps and the Maroon Tide will be back ready to defend their title next season.
An emotional Dodd Lee said,"It's a tribute to these young men with a never say die attitude. They never gave up and I'm so happy for them. They deserve it and I want to give credit to Oxford. They also have a very good football team."
Those in attendance in Jackson will always remember the miraculous comeback by Picayune. It was one for the ages.
I give a thumbs up to Coach Lee, his coaching staff, players and all Maroon Tide fans on a job well done.
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