The opportunity to play on the same college football team for an up-and-coming head coach was something Oxford High standouts Larry Pettis and DeShaun McNeal wanted to explore further in the future. Both Pettis and McNeal were given that opportunity to continue their football careers by Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth recently and the duo decided that becoming Ragin’ Cajuns was something that suited them best.
McNeal, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound wide receiver, broke Oxford’s single-season receiving record with 81 catches for 1,231 yards and 15 touchdowns this season despite not playing football since he was a freshman. Pettis, a 6-4, 250-pound tight end, also had a great season for the Chargers in 2010 as he caught 29 passes for 409 yards and three touchdowns.
Both felt like playing together under Hudspeth, who got to know the duo when he coached wide receivers at Mississippi State, was the best overall option. (January 4, 2011, Page 7)
Ole Miss head basketball coach Andy Kennedy announced today that former Memphis guard Jelan Kendrick is transferring to play for the Rebels.
Due to NCAA transfer rules, the 6-foot-6, 200-pound Atlanta native can start practicing with the team in the upcoming semester and will be eligible to suit up for the Rebels next December. (December 30, 2010, Page 7A)
While the Lady Chargers were able to turn an early 13-point lead into a 59-45 victory over Hernando, the Oxford boys weren’t as lucky, falling behind by 12 points in the first quarter before eventually losing to Shannon 76-60. (December 30, 2010, Page 6A)
A chance to fine tune some things gained in Cancun, Mexico and earn another win is what the Ole Miss Rebels hope to accomplish tonight against Alcorn State. Tipoff with the Braves at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum is set for 7. The game can be seen locally on FoxSportsNet with David Neal handing the play-by-play and Barry Booker serving as color analyst. (December 30, 2010, Page 6A)
Oxford’s annual “O” Town Showdown basketball tournament kicks off today. Below is the complete schedule. (more…) (December 29, 2010)
OHS boys hoops coach Drew Tyler, who started the tournament with the hopes of bringing the best teams to the area every year, said this year’s field has some good matchups for fans to come watch. (December 28, 2010, Page 6)
This season’s EAGLE All-Area football team was released in Thursday’s sports section. Unfortunately for me, space prevented me from writing a column that would appear next to the story on the back page.
So instead of it appearing on Thursday, I thought sharing my opinion on this year’s team was important.
For those who may have missed the players who made the team, Lafayette junior running back Demarkus Dennis was named Player of the Year, while another 11 Commodores who helped the school win the Class 4A state title made the first-team squad. Three other LHS players were named honorable mention.
Oxford had seven players on this year’s team, while Water Valley had five. Both the Chargers and Blue Devils each had three players receive honorable mention status. (December 17, 2010, Page 6A)
Teams that win championships always have great players leading the way. In the case of the Lafayette Commodores, there were a handful of players that stood out above the rest on a team that was filled from top to bottom with solid high school athletes. (more…) (December 16, 2010, Page 1B)
Fresh off of an uncharacteristic three-game losing streak, the Oxford boys soccer team took out its frustrations on crosstown rival Lafayette on a frigid Friday night cruising past the Commodores 8-0 at William L. Buford Stadium. Earlier in the evening, the Lady Chargers scored in the opening minutes of their game against Lafayette and held on for a 1-0 victory at the Ole Miss Soccer Complex.
Having lost three games prior to Friday’s big win, Oxford boys coach Jamie Perkins said he didn’t change anything strategically with the team. He just had a heart-to-heart talk with his players. (December 13, 2010, Page 1B)
The Oxford Chargers defeated Grenada 63-52 in the first game of the Coach “C” Classic Saturday. Justin Fondren led the Chargers (8-3 overall) with 25 points and 11 rebounds. (more…) (December 13, 2010, Page 2B)
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