Longtime coaching rivals Johnny Hill of Oxford and Anthony Jenkins of Hernando played another chess match Friday night at Bobby Holcomb Field and, in the end, it was Hill’s Chargers that made more right moves in a 31-19 victory.
Oxford scored two touchdowns in the first quarter to jump ahead to stay and added two more scores in the final period to turn back a rally by the visiting Tigers in the game that carried postseason playoff implications. The Chargers evened their Region 1-5A record at 2-2 and improved to 5-3 overall; Hernando dropped to 4-4 and 2-2. (October 18, 2010, Page 1B)
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After difficult losses a week ago, the Water Valley Blue Devils and Oxford Chargers will be looking to bounce back tonight with home games against South Pontotoc and Hernando respectively.
The Lafayette Commodores, meanwhile, will jump out of region play and travel north to face a difficult Millington Central (Tenn.) Trojans squad.
All kickoffs are set for 7 p.m. Oxford’s game can be heard on 95.5 FM, while Water Valley’s game will be broadcast on 105.5 FM and Lafayette’s on 93.7 FM. (October 15, 2010, Page 6A)
At West Point, the Chargers pulled out all the stops against the always tough Green Wave only to come up just short.
After talking to teammates earlier in the week, Guy Cameron Billups said coming out flat doesn’t seem like it’s even a possibility.
If anything, the Chargers (4-3 overall, 1-2 region) will use the loss as motivation. (October 14, 2010, Page 6)
Sports have been a huge part of Jason Keller’s life ever since he was old enough to walk. The former four-sport standout at Oxford High was a natural athlete. From his sprinter speed, to his leaping ability to his pure strength, there wasn’t a sport that Keller couldn’t seem to master.
But after being out of high school for eight years and away from competitive sports for the past six years overall, Keller is making a return through professional boxing.
Keller, 27, didn’t expect to be a boxer growing up and didn’t even expect to be doing anything physical at this point in his life. (October 13, 2010, Page 6)
Not only did Billups complete 17 of 36 passes for two scores and 291 yards, but he also caught a 9-yard touchdown pass on a trick play that put the Chargers ahead 7-0.
On the Chargers’ final scoring drive of the game that allowed the team a chance to tie the Green Wave, Billups also scrambled for a first down on a 12-yard run.
It’s because of his all-around effort in Oxford’s narrow 22-20 loss that Billups earned this week’s EAGLE Player of the Week honor. (October 12, 2010, Page 8)
A chance to climb back atop the Region 1-5A standings for the Oxford Chargers was ultimately dashed by the West Point Green Wave on Friday night at McAllester Field. Despite a late second-half surge on offense led by quarterback Guy Cameron Billups, the Chargers fell to the Green Wave 22-20.
Oxford (4-3 overall, 1-2 in region play) totaled 392 yards against a strong West Point defense, but in the end it was Green Wave quarterback Justin Cox and his offensive mates that were able to find a way to pull out the win that kept them atop the region standings. (October 11, 2010, Page 1B)
Despite several runners being absent, the Oxford cross country team was still able to fare well at the Mississippi College Cross Country Invitational on Saturday.
While the varsity boys placed ninth and the girls placed 11th, the junior varsity boys took fifth place and the JV girls placed eighth. (October 11, 2010, Page 3B)
Tonight’s area football teams will play important game for determining seeds for the upcoming playoffs. No. 1 Lafayette has an opportunity to further secure a second straight Region 2-4A title with a win over Senatobia at William L. Buford Stadium. Oxford has a great opportunity of finishing first in Region 1-5A if it can defeat West Point on the road, while the Water Valley Blue Devils can remain in first place in Region 2-3A with an upset of Aberdeen on the road.
Kickoff for all three games is set for 7. LHS-SHS can be heard locally on 93.7 FM, OHS-WPHS can be heard locally on 95.5 FM, while WVHS-AHS can be heard on 105.5 FM. (October 8, 2010, Page 6A)
One of the biggest games in former Oxford High standout Dan Hicks’ young college career will happen Saturday night in Miami.
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