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)
Tonight will be a busy evening for the area’s prep football teams.
While Lafayette will be hosting the New Albany Bulldogs in a battle for first place in Region 2-4A, the Water Valley Blue Devils will be hosting an athletic Nettleton Tigers team and the Oxford Chargers will be hosting a throwback Hernando Tigers squad for Homecoming.
All games are set to kickoff at 7. Lafayette’s game will be broadcast on 93.7 FM, Water Valley’s on 105.5 FM and Oxford’s on 95.5 FM as well as 102.1 FM. (October 14, 2011, Page 6A)
Fans of the Oxford Chargers who are feeling a little nostalgic for the way football used to be played shouldn’t miss Friday night’s Homecoming game at Bobby Holcomb Field. On a night where old memories will be fresh, Oxford’s opponent, the Hernando Tigers, are a throwback team on offense if there ever was one. (more…) (October 13, 2011, Page 6)
LAKE CORMORANT — In a Region 1-5A game where both the Oxford and Lake Cormorant offenses took turns putting up points on the scoreboard, it was the Chargers’ rushing attack that made the biggest difference in the final outcome. The Chargers needed a win badly after a poor performance at New Hope last week and they answered the call Friday beating the Gators 42-35. (October 10, 2011, Page 2B)
A better overall effort, more focus on getting better as a team and keeping things going the way they have been are the main themes for area football coaches heading into tonight’s region games.
All three teams will be on the road tonight, a week before all three return to their respective home fields. Lafayette, ranked No. 1 in Class 4A by the Associated Press and No. 2 in the state in the poll, travels to play Tunica-Rosa Fort in its first Region 2-4A game of the year. Oxford will be on the road at Lake Cormorant, while Water Valley is at South Pontotoc. All three games begin at 7. Lafayette’s game can be heard on 93.7 FM. Oxford can be heard on 95.5 FM and 102.1 FM, while the Blue Devils can be heard on 105.5 FM. (October 7, 2011, Page 6A)