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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

D.K. Metcalf

Jones, OHS overwhelm Clarksdale in playoff opener

Late in Oxford’s MHSAA Class 5A second-round playoff game Saturday night, Cortez Jones took an outlet pass from teammate Josh Gibbs on the wing in transition. He could’ve tried to beat the only defender in front of him to the rim, but Jones set himself behind the 3-point line and drained another shot instead. Oxford’s senior guard was in the zone. Jones scored from every spot on the floor and had a career night once he was done, finishing with a game-high 27 points and helping the Chargers advance to this week’s state quarterfinals with a 76-57 victory over Clarksdale in their final home game of the season. Oxford (26-4) will play Wayne County in the quarterfinals Thursday morning at 9 at Jackson State University. (March 1, 2015, Page 1B, 4B)

Hill aims to leave Oxford ‘better than when I found it’

Just like they do to end every school day, Oxford High’s football players reported to the field house for seventh-period workouts Wednesday. But coach Johnny Hill had something he needed to tell them before they began.

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Oxford moves to 11-0 with rout of ‘Dores

Once Oxford’s boys basketball team stopped thinking and started playing, there wasn’t much Lafayette could do to slow the Chargers down. Oxford turned an early seesaw affair into a rout by turning smothering defense into instant offense in an 80-42 victory over the rival Commodores at the Oxford High gym on Friday night that kept the Chargers unbeaten. Their 11-0 record matches the best start to a season in coach Drew Tyler’s 18-year tenure. Lafayette High’s girls team beat the Lady Chargers 50-47 (December 21, 2014, Page 1B, 2B)

Oxford, Laurel ready to air it out for title

Fans attending the MHSAA Class 5A state championship game better find a comfortable seat inside Mississippi State’s Davis Wade Stadium. They could be there a while. A lot of big plays — and a lot of clock stoppages — are in the forecast for a game that will be raining drop-backs and deep heaves when Oxford and Laurel square off Saturday night. (December 5, 2014, Page 5A)

A year later, Oxford wants to ‘finish the drill’

CLINTON — Flanked by some of his coaching peers and staring out into a sea of officials, administrators and media members statewide, Oxford coach Johnny Hill let everyone in on what may be the worst kept secret in Mississippi high school football. Now that they’re back in the MHSAA Class 5A state championship game, the Chargers don’t want a repeat of what happened last year. (December 2, 2014, Page 6)

OHS Chargers score early, often in 62-14 playoff win over Ridgeland

It may have been below freezing outside, but Oxford’s offense was red hot Friday night in its 62-14 victory over the Ridgeland Titans in its opening-round game of the MHSAA Class 5A playoffs at Bobby Holcomb Field. (November 16, 2014, Page 1B, 3B)

BLOG: Chargers roll into second round with 62-14 win over Ridgeland

Oxford could do, and did, whatever it wanted to Friday night and there was nothing Ridgeland could do about it. The Chargers (11-1) defeated the Titans (5-7) 62-14 in the opening round of the MHSAA Class 5A state playoffs at Bobby Holcomb Field. (more…) (November 14, 2014)

OHS locks up region title on Senior Night

On a cold, subdued night at Bobby Holcomb Field, it was the return of a Charger stalwart that warmed up the Oxford faithful. After a month on the sideline with an injury, junior quarterback Jack Abraham made his return to help Oxford cap off Senior Night with a Region 1-5A championship. (November 2, 2014, Page 5B)

BLOG: Oxford blanks Clarksdale, clinches playoff berth

CLARKSDALE — Oxford’s offense didn’t do much Friday night. It didn’t have to. (more…) (October 24, 2014)

Big second half moves Chargers closer to title

After a dominant second-half performance that saw Oxford pull away for a 42-21 victory in its division showdown with New Hope on Friday night at Bobby Holcomb Field, Oxford coach Johnny Hill had no reservations about declaring his Chargers as heavy favorites for another Region 1­5A title. (October 19, 2014, Page 5B)

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