All three area football teams officially enter the must-win portion of their respective seasons tonight.
While the Lafayette Commodores and Water Valley Blue Devils open their playoff schedules hosting Leake Central and Laflore County, the Oxford Chargers close out their regular season with a win-or-go-home matchup against Clarksdale.
All games are set for 7 p.m. (November 4, 2011, Page 10A)
“This is a put-out game. There is no tomorrow if we don’t win Friday night. That’s the way it is,” Hill said. “If Hernando loses, I’ve got to beat (Clarksdale) by four (points) or we’re out. If Hernando wins, they come in third and all we have to do is beat (Clarksdale). I’m assuming worst case scenario that Hernando loses and I have to win by four. That makes us three (seed) and Clarksdale four and Hernando out. We got to win. It’s put up or shut up.
“We’ve put ourselves in this position losing three district games. We’ll have to go with what we got,” Hill added. (November 3, 2011, Page 9)
Oxford’s quest to secure a spot in the upcoming Class 5A playoffs was dealt a setback Friday night at Bobby Holcomb Field. Despite an inspired effort, one coach Johnny Hill said would have won games at New Hope and against Hernando at home, the Chargers lost 31-21 to West Point. Now the Chargers have to defeat Clarksdale in the regular season finale on Friday at home to even have a chance of making the postseason. (October 31, 2011, Page 3B)
Plenty will be on the line tonight for both the Oxford Chargers and Water Valley Blue Devils football teams.
While the Chargers host West Point in a game that’s as close to a must win as possible, the Blue Devils look to conclude their regular season with a win at Mantachie. (more…) (October 28, 2011, Page 8A)
A record only shows a small portion about a high school football team. More often than not, great records and records that would be considered a little less than subpar, are all based on who a team plays.
In the case of the West Point Green Wave, the things that have made them one of the best programs in the state are still in place even if they are just 5-4 overall this season and coming off a surprising 30-29 loss to Center Hill. (October 27, 2011, Page 6)
Oxford remains in the hunt for the Class 5A playoffs today thanks to another great individual performance by senior running back Mont Dean. While the entire OHS team played a part in earning a 35-28 win over Saltillo this past Friday night, Dean’s 365-yard, five-touchdown performance was singularly the biggest contribution in a game the Chargers had to win.
It was that individual performance, on a week where several top players in the area stepped up to perform at a high level, that made him the Player of the Week for the third time this season. (October 25, 2011, Page 8)
The area’s three football teams are definitely at different junctures in their respective seasons.
While the Lafayette Commodores will look to solidify their position as the No. 1 team in Region 2-4A and remain undefeated tonight at Senatobia, the Oxford Chargers are in a do-or-die situation as they travel to Saltillo. (more…) (October 21, 2011, Page 6A)
The mission is simple the rest of the season for the Oxford Chargers: Win or miss the Class 5A playoffs. Any coach will tell you that each week is a must win. Losing is never the first option, but losses to non-region teams ultimately don’t hurt a team’s chances of making the playoffs.
Oxford, which is 4-4 overall and 2-2 in the region after losing last week to Hernando in overtime, is in a situation where it has to win at least two of the final three games to capture a possible spot in the playoffs. (October 20, 2011, Page 6)
The Chargers may have held the Tigers’ Wing T offense in check the first half of the Homecoming game, but the rarely seen offense definitely made an impact in the second half and in the overtime period of a game the Tigers ended up winning 31-30. (more…) (October 17, 2011, Page 3B)