Contact — a lot of contact — is the aspect of football Oxford senior defensive end Xavier Pegues likes the most. As successful as he has been and could be as a tight end for the Chargers, the 6-foot-3, 240-pound Pegues likes to square up with opposing tight ends, offensive tackles and guards in the effort to crunch up running backs and quarterbacks as many times as he can.
It’s really not surprising to find that out considering he is the younger brother of Oxford running back Mont Dean, who cut through defenses like a hot knife going through butter the past few years. So far Pegues — who is instructed by OHS defensive line coach Matt Conner to put a hat on a hat and cause trouble — has dominated on the field. He currently ranks fifth in the nation in tackles (30) according to MaxPreps.com and has a sack to go along with a number of quarterback pressures. And that’s in just two games. (August 30, 2012, Page 8)
Tonight’s annual Crosstown Classic football game between the fifth-ranked Lafayette Commodores and the Oxford Chargers at Oxford’s Bobby Holcomb Field remained a go as of this morning. OHS coach Johnny Hill had another meeting with local emergency management authorities who went over weather conditions that were expected to be in play at kickoff. (more…) (August 30, 2012, Page 8)
There may be different names running the Lafayette High offense this season but Oxford coach Johnny Hill said quarterback Brandon Mack and running back D.K. Buford have more than enough speed and talent to make all the plays to beat his Chargers if OHS don’t play well.
Oxford hosts No. 6 ranked Lafayette in the annual Crosstown Classic contest Thursday night at 7. In a game that is being sponsored by C Spire Wireless and highlighted on Fox Sports South, Hill is hoping that the only fireworks that go off are before the game and turned in by his team rather than by the speed of Buford and Mack. (August 29, 2012, Page 6)
The annual Crosstown Classic meeting between Lafayette and Oxford at Oxford’s Bobby Holcomb Field is still on for Thursday according to OHS Athletics Director Johnny Hill. While bad weather associated with Tropical Storm Isaac could still impact the contest, which is scheduled to be broadcast live by Fox Sports South and sponsored by C Spire Wireless as part of the Bright Lights: Football series, Hill said after talking with TV officials this morning that the plan was still to play the game if possible. (more…) (August 28, 2012, Page 7)
Big plays turned in on offense and defense made the difference again for the Oxford Chargers on Friday night at Bobby Holcomb Field. A week after defeating Class 6A Grenada at home, the Chargers topped Charleston 21-18 to improve to 2-0 on the year.
Oxford never trailed in the contest as it jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Charleston, which won last year’s MHSAA Class 3A state title and 15 consecutive games prior to Friday’s setback, made things interesting in the second half before Oxford’s offense, defense and special teams rose up to secure the victory. (August 27, 2012, Page 1B)
Lafayette will look to build on its close victory over Class 6A Tupelo with a home game against Greenwood, while Oxford hopes to carry momentum over from its narrow victory over Grenada with a home matchup against the always athletic Charleston Tigers. (more…) (August 24, 2012, Page 6A)
Oxford head football coach Johnny Hill hasn’t taught in a classroom in a few years but he’s still good about giving out grades when they have been earned. The Chargers’ first test of the year came last Friday night at home against Grenada and Hill said he gave his team a B-plus for execution and an A-plus for effort after watching the 28-22 victory in film study. (August 23, 2012, Page 6)
Oxford High School quarterback Parker Adamson didn’t get off to an ideal start in Friday’s season opener against Grenada at Bobby Holcomb Field, throwing interceptions on two of his team’s first three possessions with one of them getting returned for a touchdown.
Adamson and his teammates didn’t let the slow start and 12-0 first-period deficit shake them, however, as they rallied to post a 28-22 victory in the battle of Charger lineups. Adamson finished the night passing for 205 yards and a pair of touchdowns to help his team gain a measure of revenge for last year’s loss at Grenada. (August 20, 2012, Page 1B)
It’s hard to believe but actual football will be played today across the state of Mississippi.
Locally, Lafayette, Oxford and Water Valley will get their seasons underway with big-time aspirations in mind. (August 17, 2012, Page 6A)
If there is one thing Oxford High coach Johnny Hill wants to do in this year’s season opener compared to 2011 it’s not turn the ball over. Five turnovers, and some key penalties, prevented OHS from securing a win over Grenada on the road last year. Oxford ended up losing 16-15 to GHS in a game that had a controversial ending due to clock complications on the part of the referees.
Hill said Friday’s season opener against Grenada will come down to which team blocks, tackles, executes and protects the football. (August 16, 2012, Page 1B)