BLOG — The Oxford Chargers spotted Grenada 12 first-quarter points before battling back to post a 28-22 victory in the season opener Friday night at Bobby Holcomb Field.
Grenada, which edged Oxford a year ago, covered a short field to score after an unsuccessful onside kick try by Oxford to start the game, and then pushed the lead to 12-0 with 4:35 still left in the opening period when Keandre Booker grabbed a batted Parker Adamson pass and returned the interception 41 yards for a touchdown.
“We shot ourselves in the foot, but you never saw our kids hang their heads and quit,” OHS coach Johnny Hill said. “The defense kept doing what they were doing and the offense made some plays.
“We made a lot of mistakes tonight that we’ve got to work on, but things will go a lot better (in practice next week) after a win,” Hill said. “This was a good one.”
Adamson overcame a pair of first-half picks to lead OHS to its comeback win. A 7-yard toss to Glenn Gordon got Oxford on the board and then a fortunate bounce on a fumble put OHS ahead at halftime. Adamson, who completed 16 of 31 passes for 205 yards, hit Toler Presley near the sideline. Presley, struggling for extra yardage, lost the ball but teammate Nick Brown picked up the fumble on the bounce and raced the final 30 yards for the score.
Oxford stretched its lead to 21-12 just 18 seconds into the second half. Gordon returned the kickoff 76 yards to the Grenada 1-yard line and Jarius Barnes scored on the next play. The visitors trimmed the deficit to 21-15 with a field goal, only to have Oxford drive 66 yards in eight plays with Conrey Meagher throwing a 17-yard TD pass to Brown.
Grenada closed the gap to one score with a touchdown on a 5-yard keeper by quarterback Payne Horan two plays into the fourth period, but turned the ball over on downs at the Oxford 17 on the only other possession it had in the game.
Oxford stays at home in Week 2, hosting defensive Class 3A state champion Charleston.
(August 18, 2012)