There was a point midway through the first half of Friday night’s Region 1-5A game between No. 9 Oxford and Lake Cormorant at Bobby Holcomb Field where LCHS head coach Nick Nester threw up his hands in confusion, disgust or both. When an opposing team holds another to negative yards on offense in a half, it can make even the most even tempered of coaches feel desperate and frustrated all at the same time.
Thanks to a couple of tweaks made by defensive coordinator Steve Herring, the normally stout Oxford defense was even more smothering in a 26-0 win over the Gators. Not only was the shutout the Chargers’ second of the year, it was the second time this year they held a team to negative yards in a half. (Oxford held the Gators to negative 11 yards).
OHS coach Johnny Hill said the change up involved an extra lineman or two at the point of attack and all sorts of movement in the back seven behind them all night long. (October 8, 2012, Page 4B)