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OHS runs away with 5A North Half title

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)

Chargers take first in 1-5A powerlifting meet

Nine first-place finishes led the Oxford Chargers to a Region 1-5A championship Saturday in the OHS gym. (more…) (February 11, 2013, Page 10)

Lafayette edges Oxford in JV action

One play is all that separated Lafayette from Oxford in junior varsity action Tuesday night at Bobby Holcomb Field. The Commodores defeated Oxford 14-13 in the end by making one more big play than the Chargers at crunch time. (more…) (October 3, 2012, Page 6)

Smith provides leadership, strength for Chargers’ offensive line, team overall

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)

Chargers shut out Senatobia in 9th grade game

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)

Chargers win 9th-grade Crosstown Classic

Rivalry week got off to a good start for fans and players associated with the Oxford Chargers as the ninth-grade football team defeated Lafayette 34-0 at William L. Buford Stadium Monday night.

The Chargers (2-0 overall) were never challenged in the contest that started with a penalty and an interception on offense for Lafayette (1-1). The Chargers’ offense was literally not stopped in the first half. They scored on five of six possessions — the sixth possession was a 3-yard carry by Kenzie Phillips to run out the remainder of the clock — while quarterback Jack Abraham finished the first 20 minutes 8-for-10 for 151 yards and five scores. As impressive as the offense was for the Chargers, the defense swarmed to the football like coach Jason Russell likes to see. (August 28, 2012, Page 6)

Oxford lifters looking to contend for title

Oxford powerlifting coach Jason Russell will have a full bus of athletes with him when he heads to Jackson for Saturday’s annual MHSAA state meet in the Mississippi Colisuem. The Chargers have eight lifters who qualified for the meet, while the Lady Chargers boast five.

Russell, who is in his fourth year leading both programs, has seen both of his teams improve gradually through the years and this season, both have excelled. (April 13, 2012, Page 7A)

OHS powerlifters claim 5A North Half title

A balanced lineup and effort that saw eight lifters advance to next month’s state meet also produced the Oxford Chargers’ first 5A North Half title in powerlifting Monday.

Oxford won the meet by totaling 47 points, 10 more than second-place finisher Hernando. (March 6, 2012, Page 6)

LHS-OHS split gridiron doubleheader

A fast start and a late defensive stand proved to be enough to lift the Lafayette Commodores to a 24-14 win over the Oxford Chargers in ninth-grade football action Monday night at William L. Buford Stadium. Led by the running and passing of quarterback Eli Murphree, the Commodores jumped out to a 16-0 lead at the half. (more…) (October 4, 2011, Page 6)

Lafayette 9th grade gets physical in win

Lafayette ninth-grade football coach Nacoma James wants his Commodores to play fast and physical every time they hit the field this season. Fortunately for James, and the other members of the ninth-grade coaching staff, his group was able to do both in a 28-6 win over crosstown-rival Oxford on Monday night at Bobby Holcomb Field.

Led by the rushing duo of Eli and John Murphree, the Commodores totaled 268 yards on the ground en route to the win, while the defense held the Chargers in check and at bay most of the night. (more…) (August 30, 2011, Page 8)

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