Oxford’s performance against Cleveland East Side wasn’t perfect Friday, but thanks to a well-rounded effort, it was a pretty stress-free night for the Chargers.
Sophomore quarterback Jack Abraham threw five touchdown passes, the defense pitched a shutout for the better part of four quarters and Oxford improved to 3-0 on the season with a 37-6 victory over the Trojans (2-1) at Bobby Holcomb Field.
All things considered — not only did the Chargers not have a lot to go off of in preparation for East Side’s run-heavy offense, but it could’ve been easy to look ahead to this week’s Crosstown Classic with rival Lafayette — Oxford coach Johnny Hill said he liked what he saw from his squad. That included no peeking into the future.
“We didn’t get a very good film at all. We had to wing it a lot of the times tonight, and I felt our kids made pretty good adjustments,” Hill said shortly after the game. “They run in an unbalanced (offensive set), and they were outflanking us just on numbers. That’s something you’re going to have to adjust to, and we didn’t do a really, really good job, but we hadn’t seen it. It’s hard to just come in and (play against) it. You have to practice it. All in all, I was real pleased. We play these games to see where teams can hurt you, correct it, and let’s move on.
“They’re too good of a football team to (overlook). They’ve got a lot of good athletes out there, they’ve got a lot of speed and they’re hard-nosed. We knew we had to take care of them tonight, and we’ll worry about next week next week.”
Look for more on this game in Monday’s print edition of The Eagle. (September 7, 2013)