TUPELO — Oxford saved its best for the last and is now $2,000 richer as a football program.
The Chargers made plays on both sides of the ball and used the arm of rising sophomore quarterback Jack Abraham to defeat Florence (Ala.) 22-12 in the inaugural Mississippi Invitational title game.
The title win not only left the Chargers 11-1 overall, it garnered them an invitation to play in the National Select 7-on-7 Championships in Hoover, Ala., later this month.
Oxford advanced through the pool play portion of the two-day tournament at Ballard Park by winning five games on Friday and then defeating Shannon and Tishomingo County Saturday morning. The Chargers drew the No. 1 seed in the double-elimination portion of the tournament by remaining unbeaten and they stayed undefeated all the way through the semifinals.
Florence, led by Ole Miss commit Kendrick Doss at quarterback, gave the Chargers their first loss of the day, 27-16, in the first title game. Oxford responded in the rematch, defeating the Falcons for the third time in four tries 22-12.