STARKVILLE — Ole Miss isn’t the only school with an Egg Bowl trophy in its case. The Oxford Chargers now have a “mini” one after defeating the Starkville Yellowjackets 35-24 on the road Friday night.
Oxford (2-0 overall) overcame a 10-point deficit (17-7) at the half by staying composed, making necessary adjustments on both sides of the ball and riding the arm of sophomore quarterback Jack Abraham to the win. Abraham, a week after going 20-for-30 against Jackson Prep, threw four touchdown passes against the Yellowjackets, who had blanked MHSAA Class 4A champion Noxubee County 17-0 in Week 1.
Abraham was able to increase the tempo in the passing game, which led to the Yellowjackets tiring as the game wore on. With wide receiver D.K. Metcalf being double covered, Abraham threw touchdown passes to Kyree White, Ethan Holmes and Glenn Gordon in the second half. The toss to Holmes, which covered 14 yards, put the Chargers ahead for good with 1:35 left in the third quarter. Gordon’s 17-yard catch with 6:20 left essentially put the game on ice for the Chargers.
Another standout on offense for the Chargers Friday was sophomore running back Kenzie Phillips, who scored on a 62-yard run on Oxford’s first offensive drive of the second half. Phillips helped move the chains for the Chargers when Abraham wasn’t put the ball up and finished with 128 yards on the ground overall.
Starkville, last year’s champion in 5A, couldn’t move the ball on the Chargers the second 30 minutes. Besides garnering three interceptions, two coming from free safety Conrey Meagher, Oxford clamped down on Starkville’s running game, limiting them to six straight possessions that either ended with a punt or a turnover.
The Chargers will return to action Friday at home against Cleveland East Side. For more on the Chargers’ win at Starkville, see Monday’s print edition of the EAGLE. (August 31, 2013)