A Region 1-5A schedule that has resulted in five wins in five tries for the No. 6 Oxford Chargers comes down to Friday night’s game with No. 8 West Point. Both teams enter the annual showdown without a blemish in region play which means a victory for either team results in the overall region title and a coveted home game in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs.
Nobody knows that fact more than OHS coach Johnny Hill and nobody understands better than he does how tough it will be to defeat the Green Wave on the road. (October 25, 2012, Page 4B)
The fifth-ranked Oxford Chargers were not caught looking ahead Friday night as they turned in a solid effort en route to a 33-7 homecoming victory against Saltillo in Region 1-5A action at Bobby Holcomb Field. (more…) (October 22, 2012, Page 1B)
With the end of the regular season rapidly approaching, all three area football teams are jostling for region and post-season positioning tonight.
Water Valley probably headlines the area’s action with a road test at Aberdeen, while Oxford (8-0 overall, 4-0 Region 1-5A) hosts 1-5A foe Saltillo and Lafayette welcomes 2-4A rival Senatobia to William L. Buford Stadium.
All three games are set for 7 p.m. kickoffs. Oxford’s game can be heard on 95.5 FM, while Water Valley’s will be broadcast on 105.5 FM and Lafayette’s on 93.7 FM. (October 19, 2012, Page 6A)
Another strong season on the gridiron has brought postseason honors for area players. Coaches from around the state met this morning at the Mississippi Association of Coaches office in Jackson to announce the annual rosters for the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game and the Bernard Blackwell All-Star game. (more…) (October 17, 2012, Page 6)
Hernando’s goal of shortening the game with its Wing T offense only accomplished fewer shots on ball carriers in the seventh-ranked Chargers’ 31-0 win Friday night at Tiger Stadium. (more…) (October 15, 2012, Page 3B)
Oxford’s run through the Region 1-5A schedule gets a little more interesting Friday with a road game at Hernando. It’s not that the Tigers (3-4 overall, 1-2 Region 1-5A) are any better or worse than the teams the seventh-ranked Chargers (7-0, 3-0) have been playing, they’re just one of the more unique teams.
Offensively, Hernando presents problems, especially in a week of preparation, due to the Wing T offense coach Anthony Jenkins uses to score points. Last year, the Tigers rallied from 14 points down to beat the Chargers 31-30 in overtime on homecoming using an offense that OHS coach Johnny Hill was leery about. (October 11, 2012, Page 8)
Oxford’s success on defense this season can be attributed to the play of many standout players. Against Lake Cormorant last Friday specifically, senior Jarquis Adams recorded nine tackles, three tackles for a loss and one sack in the Chargers’ 26-0 win. It was the second time this year the ninth-ranked Chargers have earned a shutout and absolutely stoned an opponent from a yardage standpoint. (Lake Cormorant had negative 11 yards at the half). Adams’ play earned him this week’s Player of the Week honors, his first this season. (October 9, 2012, Page 6)
There was a point midway through the first half of Friday night’s Region 1-5A game between No. 9 Oxford and Lake Cormorant at Bobby Holcomb Field where LCHS head coach Nick Nester threw up his hands in confusion, disgust or both. When an opposing team holds another to negative yards on offense in a half, it can make even the most even tempered of coaches feel desperate and frustrated all at the same time. (more…) (October 8, 2012, Page 4B)
Oxford’s ninth-ranked Chargers may have held on to defeat New Hope last week and remain unbeaten on the year, but it didn’t feel like much of a win to coach Johnny Hill, who wasn’t pleased with the execution and the effort he got against the always pesky Trojans. (October 4, 2012, Page 8)
That was Oxford coach Johnny Hill’s thoughts after his team defeated Region 1-5A rival New Hope 29-17 at Bobby Holcomb Field on Friday night.
Plagued by missed assignments and poor execution most of the night, the Chargers (6-0 overall, 2-0 in region play) put some distance between themselves and the Trojans thanks to big plays on defense late in the game. (more…) (October 1, 2012, Page 3B)