Ask Johnny Hill what area of his final Oxford football team gives him pause this spring. It doesn’t take long for the Chargers’ veteran coach to respond. (May 15, 2015, Page 7A)
MHSAA CLASS 5A STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Oxford (13-1) vs. Laurel (12-2) (more…)
(December 6, 2014)
Fans attending the MHSAA Class 5A state championship game better find a comfortable seat inside Mississippi State’s Davis Wade Stadium. They could be there a while. A lot of big plays — and a lot of clock stoppages — are in the forecast for a game that will be raining drop-backs and deep heaves when Oxford and Laurel square off Saturday night. (December 5, 2014, Page 5A)
CLINTON — Flanked by some of his coaching peers and staring out into a sea of officials, administrators and media members statewide, Oxford coach Johnny Hill let everyone in on what may be the worst kept secret in Mississippi high school football. Now that they’re back in the MHSAA Class 5A state championship game, the Chargers don’t want a repeat of what happened last year. (December 2, 2014, Page 6)
LAKE CORMORANT — After Friday’s OHS-Lake Cormorant game was over, Oxford coach Johnny Hill huddled his team up at midfield and told it one thing. They “played like Chargers.” That comment is relevant because to Hill, his team had not looked like the Oxford Chargers that he knew and felt his team was out of sync last week against Center Hill. On Friday night, he could not make the same complaint as the Chargers (10-1, 7-0 Region 1-5A) dominated Lake Cormorant (0-11, 0-7) 49-13 in the regular season finale. (November 9, 2014, Page 4B)
CLARKSDALE — Oxford’s offense didn’t do much Friday night. It didn’t have to. (more…) (October 24, 2014)
A 17-yard return of a blocked punt by K.T. McCollin capped a 16-0 Oxford run to answer an early Jackson Prep touchdown in the first quarter and the homestanding Chargers held on from there to post a 32-20 victory in the public school-private school contest Friday night.
Two sophomores played a key role for Oxford in its victory over the defending MAIS Class AAA state champion Patriots. Quarterback Jack Abraham connected on 20 of 30 passes for 242 yards, including touchdown passes on Oxford’s first and last possessions of the game. Wideout/defensive back D.K. Metcalf, who hauled in an 18-yard TD pass from Abraham with 1:52 left to clinch the victory, finished the night with six receptions for 133 yards along with blocking the punt McCollin returned and recovering a muffed punt by Prep to set up another score.
Jarius Barnes added a rushing touchdown for Oxford, while Cody Mills kicked 28 and 24 yard field goals.
Prep, 13-0 a year ago, got touchdown runs from Ian McGraw and Ty Higginbotham along with a 7-yard TD pass from Gene Wood to Parker Caracci. Wood threw for 168 yards, Caracci totaled five catches for 55 yards and Higginbotham had 14 carries for 80 yards, including a 30-yard scoring run that got the Patriots within five points (25-20) with 5:01 to go.
“This was a big game and a big win,” OHS coach Johnny Hill said. “There were a lot of Prep supporters here and a lot of folks for us. There was a lot of excitement in the air.
“It was good to see us handle that early adversity. The blocked point helped with momentum and the offense got a big score at the end,” Hill added. “Coach (Ricky) Black and his staff do a great job. We knew they’d play hard for four quarters and they did.”
(For a complete game story, see Monday’s Oxford EAGLE.) (August 24, 2013)