Five first-place finishes and a great overall team effort proved to be the key to winning the MHSAA Class 5A state title for the Oxford Chargers Saturday in Jackson’s Mississippi Coliseum. The Chargers defeated Pearl 43-39 to capture the school’s first powerlifting title, a feat that coach Jason Russell couldn’t talk enough about because the Chargers had to overcome some adversity during the meet.
The strongest boys powerlifting team in Oxford’s history will be looking to win a state title Saturday at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson. (April 12, 2013, Page 7A)
For the second straight season, the Oxford Chargers are the Class 5A North Half champions in powerlifting. Oxford set a record in points (62) as seven of 12 lifters finished first overall in the meet held Saturday in the OHS gym. (more…) (March 4, 2013, Page 2B)
Three of Oxford’s best leaders and most productive players from the 2012 football season have decided to see if they can continue that success playing together two more seasons. Center Clifton Smith, defensive end Xavier Pegues and defensive tackle Joel Forrester, a trio that helped lead the Chargers to the semifinals of the MHSAA Class 5A playoffs in 2012, all signed with Itawamba Community College on Wednesday. (more…) (February 8, 2013, Page 6A)
The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Pegues, who will play in the annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic next week, was one of four Chargers who made the annual team on defense and one of six Chargers who made the team overall. (December 5, 2012, Page 6)
Oxford senior quarterback Parker Adamson and senior defensive end Xavier Pegues were two of 18 Chargers named to the Mississippi Association of Coaches Region 1-5A team recently. (more…) (November 29, 2012, Page 9)
STARKVILLE — Oxford’s goal of matching up with West Point in the MHSAA Class 5A North Half title game next week was derailed Friday night. While West Point defeated Ridgeland to reach the contest that determines half of the 5A title matchup in Jackson, the Chargers were beaten 28-7 by the Starkville Yellowjackets to end their season. (more…) (November 19, 2012, Page 3B)
Oxford’s success on the football field has already spilled over to postseason honors. Three players — quarterback Parker Adamson, defensive end Xavier Pegues and center Clifton Smith — were named to the state’s top two all-star games Wednesday. Adamson and Pegues will both represent Mississippi in the annual Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game, while Smith will represent the North in the annual Bernard Blackwell All-Star game. (October 18, 2012, Page 8)
Clifton Smith’s importance to the Oxford offense was never more visible than it was two weeks ago at Senatobia. Unable to perform at the level he usually does due to an injured ankle, Smith wasn’t able to do dominate in the middle like he has so many times in the past.
Thankfully for the Chargers, a down game for the 6-foot, 320-pound Smith is still better than most centers can produce and the end result was never in jeopardy as Oxford won 34-14. (September 20, 2012, Page 8)