BLOG — Oxford’s Chargers made the key plays, on offense and defense, when they needed to Friday night to earn a 21-18 win over the Charleston Tigers at Bobby Holcomb Field.The Chargers improved to 2-0 on the season and ended Charleston’s 15-game winning streak in the process with their latest win. OHS scored first in the game on a 36-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Parker Adamson to Nick Brown on its first offensive drive of the game.
OHS never trailed in the contest but the defending Class 3A state champions made things interesting in the second half after falling behind 14-0 out of the gate.
The Tigers got as close as 14-12 early in the third quarter when an Adamson pass was tipped up in the air, intercepted and then returned for a score. Adamson, who was limited to just 55 yards passing in the first half, quickly made up for the error and changed the momentum back to the Chargers when he found Brown for a 77-yard touchdown on the ensuing drive.
Charleston was able to tack on another score early in the fourth quarter, but the OHS defense held on a key third-down situation with just over six minutes left in the game and then possessed the ball for all but 7.3 seconds remaining in the game. Charleston got the ball back at its own 45 but two final throws ended with an incompletion and an interception by Oxford linebacker Michael McGhee.
Adamson ended the game with 188 yards passing, while Jarius Barnes added a rushing touchdown of 13 yards in the contest. Oxford will host No. 5 ranked Lafayette Thursday in the annual Crosstown Classic. For more on Friday’s win and thoughts on playing LHS, see Monday’s Sports section. (August 25, 2012)