SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Oxford’s skill on offense really shined Saturday morning in a 33-6 win over Ripley in the Ole Miss-Oxford Jamboree held at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.Charger quarterback Guy Cameron Billups appeared to be in midseason form as he carved up the Ripley defense with accurate throws to receivers Stan Ivy and DeShaun McNeal. Billups completed his first four passes of the morning for 77 yards and finished the scrimmage 5-for-6 for 97 yards and a touchdown.
Ivy played a big part in Billups’ success as he caught three passes for 65 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown on a fade ball that Billups was able to loft over a trailing Ripley defensive back. Not only did Ivy excel at catching the ball, he showed why he is the fastst player on the team as he returned the opening kickoff 76 yards for a touchdown.
Ripley responded to Ivy’s return with a kickoff return for a TD as well, but that was as close as the Tigers got to the Chargers, who reeled off 26 straight points en route to the win.
“Most of your time you get rid of most of your mistakes after your first game. You probably improve as much from your first game to your second game,” Hill said. “The reason you play all these jamborees is you get all those mistakes out because it won’t hurt you because it’s a jamboree. Then you don’t make them in a game scenario where it does hurt you.”
Jeoffrey Gordon led the OHS running game with 80 yards on six carries. Gordon scored the first offensive touchdown of the game on a 35-yard run, and then added his second TD run of the game on a 5-yard run at the 6:16 mark of the second quarter.
Oxford totaled 11 first downs as a team. The Chargers had 107 yards passing and 127 yards on the ground…Ripley had trouble excuting the center-quarterback exchange, fumbling twice inside its own territory. Oxford’s Terry Johnson recovered the first fumble for the Chargers, while Demarcus Pegues recovered the second. (August 14, 2010)