BLOG: The fifth-ranked Oxford Chargers were flagged for 15 penalties totaling 111 yards and the defense gave up its first touchdown in 10 quarters, but that was about all that went wrong for OHS as it whipped region foe Saltillo 37-7 Friday in front of a homecoming crowd at Bobby Holcomb Field.
The OHS defense limited the visiting Tigers to just 108 total yards, the third game in a row the Chargers have held the opposition under 200 yards, and eight first downs. Saltillo came in averaging 27.5 points per game, but got only a penalty-aided TD just before halftime.
Oxford’s special teams recorded a pair of safeties on Saltillo punts, one on a high snap and the other on a block by Juan Edwards. The Charger offense got a 100-yard effort (actually 118 yards on 15 carries) from tailback Jarius Barnes in a game where OHS gained just under 300 yards on the ground and got 1-yard scoring runs from Parker Adamson, Glenn Gordon and Collin Le. Adamson completed 15 of 29 passes for 124 yards, including a 21-yard TD toss to Joey Walden.
The Chargers, now 5-0 in the region and 9-0 overall, clinched one of the top two spots in the region and set the stage for a showdown with West Point next week. Saltillo, meanwhile, dropped its third game in a row to fall to 2-3 in the region and 5-4 overall.
“I thought the intensity was there,” OHS coach Johnny Hill said. “It was a good night. The defense played well, special teams played well and the offense was good in spurts.
“We’ve got a big one coming up next (at West Point). We’ll see who’s gonna be No. 1 and No. 2.”
For a complete writeup on Oxford’s win, check out Monday’s print edition of the Oxford EAGLE. (October 20, 2012)