Led by sophomore running back Kenzie Phillips and a defensive performance that will be remembered for years to come, the Oxford Chargers defeated Lafayette 30-0 in the annual Crosstown Classic at William L. Buford Stadium Friday night.
A year after blanking the Commodores 19-0, the ninth-ranked Chargers dominated up front on both sides of the ball in the one-sided victory. Phillips, a sophomore, led the offense with three rushing touchdowns and 207 yards on 18 carries. His exceptional effort was aided by an even more impressive showing by the OHS defense, which held the Commodores to just 66 total yards and 1 yard passing on the evening.
The Chargers scored their first touchdown on their second possession of the game and never looked back. Phillips scored on a run of 35 yards to give the 4-0 Chargers all the points they would need. He then found the end zone again in the second quarter on a 1-yard run and following a 60-yard run in the third quarter, he garnered his hat trick on a 2-yard run early in the fourth.
“He was a war daddy out there tonight,” OHS coach Johnny Hill said of Phillips, who has emerged as the feature tailback in the offense.
Oxford also got a touchdown toss from Jack Abraham — he hooked up with tight end Zach Cousar for a 10-yard score in the fourth quarter — while kicker Cody Mills added a 28-yard field goal.
Lafayette never crossed midfield on a drive that started in its own territory. The Commodores ran a total of 11 plays on Oxford’s side of the field but three came when the Chargers were already ahead 30-0 and four came after a 56-yard kickoff return by D.K. Buford in the first half. Buford was limited to just 34 yards on 19 carries in the loss.
For more on Friday’s win, see Monday’s print edition of the EAGLE. (September 14, 2013)