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Defense seals win for Chargers

A win’s a win no matter how pretty it is.

That was Oxford 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) put some distance between themselves and the Trojans thanks to big plays on defense late in the game.

With the Trojans (2-4, 0-2) 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. (October 1, 2012, Page 3B)

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