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HIGH SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT: Chance ready to capture 4A title

Last season, Lafayette’s John Chance would have loved to have been competing to win an individual MHSAA Class 4A state title. (April 4, 2014, Page 6A)

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    HIGH SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT: Pettis, Osbarn set, accomplish goals

    Lafayette’s two most consistent powerlifters this season have used the sport for motivation and to gain self-confidence all at the same time. (April 3, 2014, Page 8)

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      Stewarts have unique chemistry

      There is a bond, a strong bond, between Oxford soccer players Hayden and Hunter Stewart. The senior duo are identical twins but the relationship is much stronger than just being brothers, it’s about being a good teammate to one another and other members of the Chargers. (more…) (January 17, 2013, Page 6)

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        Bailey growing as a man, player

        WATER VALLEY — There was a time five years ago when Brad Embry first took over the football program at Water Valley High School where he wondered how an eighth-grader named Quinterrio Bailey was going to turn out. (more…) (September 27, 2012, Page 6)

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          Smith provides leadership, strength for Chargers’ offensive line, team overall

          Clifton Smith’s importance to the Oxford offense was never more visible than it was two weeks ago at Senatobia. Unable to perform at the level he usually does due to an injured ankle, Smith wasn’t able to do dominate in the middle like he has so many times in the past.

          Thankfully for the Chargers, a down game for the 6-foot, 320-pound Smith is still better than most centers can produce and the end result was never in jeopardy as Oxford won 34-14. (September 20, 2012, Page 8)

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            DE Pegues making plays up front

            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 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)

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              Tyson is a playmaker for ‘Dores

              Big plays are a routine thing for Lafayette senior defensive end Keeyon Tyson each Friday night. For a player who doesn’t look like he would be able to maul opposing offensive linemen prior to the game, Tyson is one of the most productive members of a stellar first-team defense that hasn’t yielded but a handful of touchdowns to teams this season.

              The key to Tyson’s success, according to his head coach, Anthony Hart, and his position coach, Ty Taylor, is his work ethic and his motor that never seems to stop running. (October 13, 2011, Page 6)

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                Conard’s experience has led to leadership

                WATER VALLEY — During the Water Valley Blue Devils’ difficult loss to Charleston earlier this season, Chris Conard really made his presence felt.

                Late in the 39-3 blowout, Conard overheard two underclassmen cutting up while their teammates continued to battle the Tigers on the field. (more…) (October 7, 2011, Page 6A)

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                  Adamson has answered question at QB

                  One of the big questions Oxford High football coach Johnny Hill needed answered at the start of the season was who was going to be his team’s quarterback? After having a player as prolific as Guy Cameron Billups lead the team for two plus seasons, the Chargers were without a veteran leader at arguably the most important position on the field. (more…) (September 29, 2011, Page 6)

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                    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)

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