Wayne County rallies past Oxford to win 5A title


OXFORD — They say football is a game of inches.

It dang sure came to the final inch.

D.K. Metcalf was stopped short of the goal as Wayne County rallied past Oxford 45-41 in a shootout to claim the MHSAA Class 5A state championship at Ole Miss’ Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Saturday night.

It is the War Eagles (12-3) fourth state championship in school history and first since 2006.

Four-star defensive tackle Benito Jones scored the eventual game winner on a 9-yard touchdown pass with 1:17 left to give Wayne County the lead at 45-41.

Wayne County outscored Oxford 14-6 in the fourth quarter.

Running back Freddy Jordan led Wayne County with 193 yards rushing on 31 carries and also had 146 yards receiving with three touchdowns.

He had a 74-yard touchdown catch and run for the games first score. A 27-yard touchdown catch in third quarter and a 39-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.

Chris Cooley added two touchdowns for Wayne County.

Oxford quarterback Jack Abraham, a Tulane commit, went 35-of-52 for 550 yards with four touchdowns.

Hiram Wadlington had 75 yards rushing with a touchdown and had 198 yards receiving and two touchdowns for the Chargers. D.K. Metcalf had 148 yards with two touchdowns for Oxford (12-3).