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Johnny Hill

Moving Forrester has paid off for Chargers

One of the most successful decisions Oxford football coach Johnny Hill and his staff made this year actually occurred just before the first spring practice session. It was just before the Chargers took the field last May that the coaches decide to move junior Joel Forrester from offensive tackle to defensive end exclusively. Instead of him attempting to play both ways like Terry Johnson and others did last year and maybe only giving a half effort at each spot, the decision to make Forrester a defensive player only has ultimately shaped the OHS defense into a formidable force up front. (more…) (September 15, 2011, Page 6)

JV contest about more than the score

Monday night’s junior varsity football game between the Oxford Chargers and Lafayette Commodores at Bobby Holcomb Field may have ended with a 6-0 win for OHS, but in the end both teams benefited from the contest. (more…) (September 13, 2011, Page 7)

Dean whacks Warriors in Oxford’s lopsided victory

Mont Dean’s approach on the field could be likened to that of a skilled assassin.

The senior running back is typically silent, but once he takes the handoff from his quarterback, he’s deadly to opposing defenses. (more…) (September 12, 2011, Page 1B)

Chargers host Senatobia in season’s home opener

the books the Oxford Chargers must now turn their attention to a regional rival in the Senatobia Warriors.
The Warriors (3-0), fresh off of a lopsided 32-0 victory at Independence, always give Oxford a hard-fought game and Friday’s game at 7:30 p.m. should be no exception. (September 8, 2011, Page 6)

Mills’ field goal lifts Chargers to win

A 36-yard field goal from Cody Mills as time expired lifted the Oxford Chargers to a 9-6 win over Pontotoc in junior varsity action Tuesday night at Bobby Holcomb Field. In games that are designed to improve the skills of the players who will eventually be full-time members of the varsity, getting the opportunity to kick a game-winning field goal is an added bonus for all involved.

Mills, who had to stay focused after Pontotoc’s coach called a timeout just before he kicked, credited the snap and the hold for him having success. (September 7, 2011, Page 6)

‘Dores dominate OHS in Classic

A faster start to the game is what Lafayette football coach Anthony Hart wanted to see from his team against Oxford Friday night in the annual Crosstown Classic. To the delight of Hart and the rest of his coaching staff, the message got through loud and clear.

The top-ranked Lafayette Commodores rolled to a 40-12 win over OHS at William L. Buford Stadium thanks in large part to their fast start on offense and special teams. (more…) (September 5, 2011, Page 1B)

Crosstown Classic to take center stage; WVHS faces Wildcats

Rivalry week will come to a climax tonight when the Oxford Chargers head across town to face the top-ranked Lafayette Commodores at William L. Buford Stadium.

The Crosstown Classic is set for 7:30 p.m. and can be heard on 95.5 FM, 102.1 FM and 93.7 FM. (more…) (September 2, 2011, Page 8A)

No. 1 ‘Dores to host Oxford in Classic

Lafayette will begin its reign as the top-ranked team in the state of Mississippi against its biggest rival on Friday night. The annual Crosstown Classic will be played at William L. Buford Stadium this season and with the Commodores a prohibitive favorite to capture a sixth-straight win over the Chargers. (more…) (September 1, 2011, Page 6)

Dean’s focus key to early success

For anybody who has watched Oxford senior Mont Dean carry the football during a game, you might think he’s the biggest talker on the team. Thanks to a powerful lower body, speed and agility, Dean routinely takes on opposing defenders without much care or regard for his own body.

His battering-ram style wears on defenders during a game, while his knack for finding the end zone so far this season has made him a huge weapon for OHS. But Dean’s straight-forward running style doesn’t define the young man he really is. For a player who weighs 220 pounds, his personality is more reserved, quiet, and overall much different than the way he runs each Friday night. (September 1, 2011, Page 7)

Hill: This year’s LHS team may be best ever

Oxford coach Johnny Hill knows a good football team when he sees one on film.

After spending 25-plus years around the high school game trying to attack opposing squads and coaching some championship-caliber teams of his own, his evaluation and thoughts on the sport are second to none.

So when Hill says the No. 1 ranked Lafayette Commodores are a great team with a ton of talent, and better than the one that won the Class 4A state title last year, it’s hard not to take notice. (September 1, 2011, Page 7)

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