Five first-place finishes and a great overall team effort proved to be the key to winning the MHSAA Class 5A state title for the Oxford Chargers Saturday in Jackson’s Mississippi Coliseum. The Chargers defeated Pearl 43-39 to capture the school’s first powerlifting title, a feat that coach Jason Russell couldn’t talk enough about because the Chargers had to overcome some adversity during the meet.
There was a comfort level and a tradition of winning at East Mississippi Community College that Oxford defensive end Xavier Pegues could not pass up. (January 29, 2013, Page 7)
Contact — a lot of contact — is the aspect of football Oxford senior defensive end Xavier Pegues likes the most. As successful as he has been and could be as a tight end for the Chargers, the 6-foot-3, 240-pound Pegues likes to square up with opposing tight ends, offensive tackles and guards in the effort to crunch up running backs and quarterbacks as many times as he can.
It’s really not surprising to find that out considering he is the younger brother of Oxford running back Mont Dean, who cut through defenses like a hot knife going through butter the past few years. So far Pegues — who is instructed by OHS defensive line coach Matt Conner to put a hat on a hat and cause trouble — has dominated on the field. He currently ranks fifth in the nation in tackles (30) according to MaxPreps.com and has a sack to go along with a number of quarterback pressures. And that’s in just two games. (August 30, 2012, Page 8)
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)