BLOG — Oxford make quick work of the Pearl Pirates Friday night at Bobby Holcomb Field. Another fast start on offense, in both the first and second half, coupled with some big stops on defense, resulted in the Chargers defeating the Pirates 39-21 in the MHSAA Class 5A playoffs. (more…) (November 23, 2013)
Oxford’s 11-0 regular season wasn’t just noticed by pollsters in the state. The Chargers are ranked fourth in the latest Mississippi prep poll while the coaching staff was honored Tuesday by the Region 1-5A coaches as the Coaching Staff of the Year. (November 13, 2013, Page 8)
NEW HOPE — Oxford coach Johnny Hill has seen a lot in his 38 years of coaching, but even he admitted, following Friday night’s 39-14 win over New Hope, he had never seen a linebacker return a punt for a touchdown. (October 21, 2013, Page 4B)
BLOG–Following a strong summer showing on the 7-on-7 camp circuit and equipped with an SEC recruit at wideout in Ole Miss commit D.K. Metcalf and a pair of talented tailbacks in senior Jarius Barnes and sophomore Kenzie Phillips, the Oxford offense created a lot of buzz heading into this season.
But the Chargers’ defense is starting to prove that it’s no slouch. (more…) (September 14, 2013)
Eric Robertson has been around the annual Crosstown Classic for nine seasons at Lafayette. For nine seasons, he’s been trying to figure out a way to slow down Oxford’s offense by giving his Commodores a successful plan. (September 12, 2013, Page 8)
STARKVILLE — Oxford’s grade halfway through its second big test of the non-region schedule was barely passing. In the words of OHS coach Johnny Hill, he rated the first-half performance against Starkville as a “D plus, C minus at best maybe.” (September 2, 2013, Page 1B)
The Oxford Chargers spotted visiting Jackson Prep a quick touchdown, overcame a rash of early penalties with a 16-0 scoring spurt and then held on to post a 32-20 victory Friday night in their season opener at Bobby Holcomb Field. (August 26, 2013, Page 1B)
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’s reversal of fortune on the gridiron this season was a result of many different players. For a team that was 5-6 and not in the playoffs in 2011, an 11-2 overall record and a trip to the semifinals of the MHSAA Class 5A playoffs in 2012 took a lot of hard work on the part of several top players. (more…) (December 12, 2012, Page 1B)