Oxford Middle School completed its football season on Tuesday by splitting with the Senatobia Warriors. While the seventh grade fell to Senatobia 14-8, the eighth grade rolled to a 35-0 victory.
The eighth graders jumped out to a big lead in the first quarter and never looked back.
Kyree White got the scoring started, breaking free for a 65-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. Jack Abraham completed a 2-point conversion pass to D.K. Metcalf to put OMS up 8-0.
Under a minute later Kenzie Phillips punched in a 3-yard run and Abraham connected with White on the ensuing 2-point conversion to go ahead 16-0.
With 3:30 remaining in the first quarter, Abraham hit Phillips for a 52-yard touchdown to cap the quarter’s scoring.
Abraham’s 7-yard pass to Zach Cousar in the second quarter put Oxford ahead 29-0.
Oxford’s final score of the game came with 4:09 remaining in the third when Jecorey Harden broke free for a 25-yard touchdown run.
“I am so proud of the way our guys played all year long. This is a great group of kids and I am really excited about the potential they have if they continue to work hard in the classroom, in the weight room and on the practice field,” eighth-grade coach Perry Swindall said. “I could not have asked for anything more than what these kids gave week in and week out. It’s always good to win your last one and to win tonight in a game where everyone on the team played a whole lot, that’s special.”
Abraham finished the year having completed 75 of 118 passes for 1,455 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also didn’t throw an interception.
Phillips, Abraham’s go-to target, caught 23 passes for 520 yards and nine scores. He also rushed for 190 yards and another five touchdowns.
Dee Fair, Oxford’s leading tackler against Senatobia with five, had a team-best 57 on the season.
A third-quarter rushing touchdown from D.T. Thompson and a 2-point conversion run from Ben Bianco wasn’t enough to help lift the seventh-grade Chargers to a win in their season finale.
Senatobia took an 8-0 lead with a 1-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and then broke an 8-8 tie in the fourth with a 1-yard touchdown run.
“Defensively we couldn’t get off the field. They converted at least four third-and-10 or more yards situations and at least two four-and-5 plays. All of them were on sweeps, speed sweeps we were prepared for,” Oxford seventh-grade coach Mike Hardwick said. “We had a lot of trouble tackling their tailback. He was probably the best player we have played this year. Several times we had him for no gain and he just kept his feet going and broke long runs.”
Senatobia’s ability to control the ball on offense ultimately led to fewer chances for the Chargers.
“We had a nice drive going and we fumbled the ball on the 17-yard line. If we had scored first, that would have taken them out of what they wanted to do. We have had very few turnovers this year, but in both of our losses, we had costly turnovers that really hurt,” Hardwick said. “While this loss hurts, this does not tarnish the fantastic season that these kids have had. They have gotten better at executing a precise and hard offense to master at this level. We played a lot of kids in our dead-ball periods and many of them are going to be so much better the second year in this system.” (October 19, 2011, Page 6)