By Robert Wilson
Photos by Chris Todd
Oak Grove, not Oxford, was the comeback champion this season.
Oak Grove junior quarterback Kabe Barnett scrambled for a 10-yard touchdown on fourth-and-3 and passed to senior tight end Trayvon Moore for the winning two-point conversion with 7 seconds to play to give Oak Grove a come-from-behind, 29-28 victory over defending Class 6A state champion Oxford for the 6A state title Friday night at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Oak Grove finished with a 13-0 record and won its first state title since 2013. Oxford finished 12-1 and ended its 25-game winning streak, the longest winning streak in Mississippi. Oxford rebounded from a 21-3 halftime deficit for a 31-21 victory over Oak Grove in last year’s state title game.
Barnett didn’t let Oxford win again. After Oxfordjunior quarterback Michael Harvey completed a 13-yard TD pass to senior tight end Alex Vaughn for a 28-11 with 3:52 to go, Barnett drove Oak Grove 80 yards in 12 plays for the winning score.
Oak Grove sophomore cornerback Jaylen Aboromintercepted a pass and returned it 19 yards for a TD to pull Oak Grove to a 21-21 tie with 6:15 to play.
Harvey completed 16 of 23 passes for 251 yards and three TDs. Harvey’s other TD passes were to D.K. Johnson (11 yards) and senior tight end Kortlen Wilfawn (16 yards). Johnson had six catches for 115 yards. Junior running back Omar Howell scored on a 6-yard run.
Barnett scored on an 8-yard run and senior Courtland Harris scored on an 8-yard run for Oak Grove’s other TDs.Barnett completed 21 of 30 passes for 199 yards.