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)
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)
Led by a defensive unit that has only allowed one touchdown all season, the Oxford Chargers’ ninth-grade football team defeated Senatobia 28-0 Tuesday night. The 4-0 Chargers, who have outscored their opponents 145-6, were praised by coach Jason Russell for their play on defense. “We were lights out and we really had to play hard against a good, athletic Senatobia team.” Jack Abraham led the Chargers on offense as he passed for two of the four touchdowns scored. Abraham finished the game 11-for-16 for 171 yards, while Kenzie Phillips scored twice on runs of 2 and 56 yards. Oxford finished with 302 yards of total offense and scored a touchdown in each quarter. The Chargers will return to action Monday against Center Hill. (September 12, 2012, Page 7)
Leave it to Oxford and Lafayette to add a splash of drama to a summer tournament.
The two football squads capped this weekend’s third annual O-Zone Classic 7-on-7 tournament with a championship game that went down to the last play. (June 18, 2012, Page 6)
Oxford’s middle school boys basketball teams finished the year on a high note with two wins over Pontotoc in the OHS gym Monday night. The seventh-grade Chargers avenged a loss earlier in the season to Pontotoc by topping the Warriors 20-16. The victory improved Oxford to 12-1 overall on the year. (more…) (January 24, 2012, Page 8)
Oxford’s eighth-grade Chargers gained a measure of revenge Thursday night with a 42-37 win over Grenada in the OHS gym. The seventh-graders won 34-26 after being down seven points during the contest. Kyree White led the eighth-grade Chargers (14-3 overall) with 16 points. Korbin Harmon and D.K. Metcalf finished with nine and seven points apiece. (more…) (January 20, 2012, Page 7A)
Oxford’s eighth-grade basketball teams earned two wins over North Panola Thursday. The Lady Chargers won 27-3 thanks to 11 points from Kayla Malone, 10 from Emma Schultz and four points from Omaya Pegues. The Chargers won 47-38 to improve to 13-2 on the year. Jack Abraham came off the bench to score 12 points. He sparked the team off the bench with four made free throws and two 3-pointers. Korbin Harmon scored 12 points, while Kyree White had 11. All four middle school teams returned to action tonight at Coldwater starting with the seventh-grade girls game at 5. (January 6, 2012, Page 7A)