SPORTS BLOG: A win’s a win no matter how pretty it is.
That was Oxford Chargers’ coach Johnny Hill’s thoughts after his team defeated Region 1-5A rival New Hope 29-17 at Bobby Holcomb Field on Friday night.
Plagued by missed assignments and poor execution most of the night, the Chargers (6-0 overall, 2-0 in region play) were able to put some distance between themselves and the Trojans thanks to big plays on defense late in the game.
With the Trojans threatening to pull ahead in the fourth quarter, Robert Farris sacked New Hope quarterback Brady Davis for an 11-yard loss on a third-and-goal play from the 3-yard line to push the Trojans away from the end zone and settle for a missed field-goal attempt, preserving the OHS lead at 22-17 with 4:23 left in the contest.
After a Chargers’ punt on the ensuing possession, J.R. Anderson picked off Davis on the first play of the drive and returned it 35 yards for a score with 20 seconds left in the game to seal the win for the Chargers.
On the opening drive of the game, Parker Adamson connected with Nick Brown for a 9-yard touchdown pass to put OHS up 6-0.
After New Hope answered with a score of its own to go ahead 7-6, Jarius Barnes scored on a 2-yard run to reclaim the lead for OHS at 12-7 with 3:22 left to play in the first quarter.
Adamson added another touchdown pass, a 14-yarder to Toler Presley, and Cody Mills connected on a 34-yard field goal in the third quarter.
For a complete recap of the game, check out Monday’s Sports section of The Oxford EAGLE. (September 29, 2012)