A 17-yard return of a blocked punt by K.T. McCollin capped a 16-0 Oxford run to answer an early Jackson Prep touchdown in the first quarter and the homestanding Chargers held on from there to post a 32-20 victory in the public school-private school contest Friday night.
Two sophomores played a key role for Oxford in its victory over the defending MAIS Class AAA state champion Patriots. Quarterback Jack Abraham connected on 20 of 30 passes for 242 yards, including touchdown passes on Oxford’s first and last possessions of the game. Wideout/defensive back D.K. Metcalf, who hauled in an 18-yard TD pass from Abraham with 1:52 left to clinch the victory, finished the night with six receptions for 133 yards along with blocking the punt McCollin returned and recovering a muffed punt by Prep to set up another score.
Jarius Barnes added a rushing touchdown for Oxford, while Cody Mills kicked 28 and 24 yard field goals.
Prep, 13-0 a year ago, got touchdown runs from Ian McGraw and Ty Higginbotham along with a 7-yard TD pass from Gene Wood to Parker Caracci. Wood threw for 168 yards, Caracci totaled five catches for 55 yards and Higginbotham had 14 carries for 80 yards, including a 30-yard scoring run that got the Patriots within five points (25-20) with 5:01 to go.
“This was a big game and a big win,” OHS coach Johnny Hill said. “There were a lot of Prep supporters here and a lot of folks for us. There was a lot of excitement in the air.
“It was good to see us handle that early adversity. The blocked point helped with momentum and the offense got a big score at the end,” Hill added. “Coach (Ricky) Black and his staff do a great job. We knew they’d play hard for four quarters and they did.”
(For a complete game story, see Monday’s Oxford EAGLE.) (August 24, 2013)
Nearly 200 of the South’s top football prospects for the 2014-17 classes paid Oxford a visit Wednesday for the second annual Southern Elite Combine presented by 247Sports and Varsity Preps. (more…) (July 11, 2013, Page 7)
High schoolers from around the state, and some even further, got their first look at the Ole Miss football program and facilities Saturday when they attended the Hugh Freeze/Ole Miss Rebels 7-on-7 passing camp. (more…) (June 10, 2013, Page 8)
The rising sophomore quarterback completed 15 of 30 passes in Oxford’s 37-21 spring game victory over Cleveland at Bobby Holcomb Field.
Oxford earned two wins in ninth-grade boys basketball action Saturday in the OHS gym. The Chargers beat West Point 58-29 thanks to 14 points from Jack Abraham, 10 points from D.K. Metcalf and nine points each from Korbin Harmon, Will Swindoll and Zack Cousar. (more…) (January 14, 2013, Page 8)
The Oxford Chargers won their first ninth-grade basketball game of the season Monday with a 55-53 win over Pontotoc. The junior varsity Chargers also won, 68-33, over the Warriors. (more…) (November 27, 2012, Page 7)
BLOG: With several key players sidelined due to injury, Oxford turned to its underclassmen to lead the way Friday. (more…) (November 10, 2012)
Hernando’s goal of shortening the game with its Wing T offense only accomplished fewer shots on ball carriers in the seventh-ranked Chargers’ 31-0 win Friday night at Tiger Stadium. (more…) (October 15, 2012, Page 3B)
The Oxford Middle School Chargers used an outstanding performance in field events and a balanced showing in running events to win the annual OMS Invitational track meet Oxford High’s Bobby Holcomb Field Thursday afternoon.
Oxford totaled 71 points to capture the title, while Tunica and Byhalia were second and third with 56 and 55 points respectively. (March 30, 2012, Page 8A)