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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)

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    Langham makes a difference for Devils

    The improvements made on offense by the Water Valley Blue Devils so far this year can be credited to several different players. From quarterback E.J. Bounds to running backs Torrey Horton, Zenty Allen and Eric Buckley to the offensive line as a whole, there are a lot of reasons why the Blue Devils have made tremendous strides as an offense. (September 23, 2010, Page 6)

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      LB Miller an important catalyst on Lafayette D

      If there is a play that needs to be made by the Lafayette defense, it’s a safe bet that No. 9, middle linebacker Kris Miller will not only have set it up, but made the stop as well.

      On a defense with a bevy of talented playmakers, Miller is arguably the most important defender on the field.

      Every single call that the defense gets from coordinator Eric Robertson comes through Miller. If the team gets lined up properly and a stop is made, it’s because Miller had everyone in the right position. Then, if the Commodores are playing a team like Itawamba AHS last week, Miller is cleaning everything up with a bunch of tackles and big plays. (September 16, 2010, Page 6)

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        McIntosh embodies ‘Dores mission

        It only takes a few seconds of talking with Demetri McIntosh to realize what he’s all about and what he means to the Lafayette Commodores.

        Any team in the hunt for a state title needs leaders and McIntosh provides the senior leadership that helps the Commodore defense thrive. (September 10, 2010, Page 7A)

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          Competition drives Pegues brothers

          Two of the most competitive players for Oxford are two of the most enjoyable to be around. Demarius and Demarcus Pegues, a lineman and linebacker for the Chargers, are brothers that have the equal ability to light up a room as easily as they do an opposing ball carrier.

          For Oxford coach Johnny Hill, the brothers represent everything he loves about high school football. They are great players, great teammates and great to be around. (September 3, 2010, Page 8A)

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            Junior transfers his energy to Chargers

            HIGH SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT — The Oxford Chargers have benefited greatly from junior transfer Shea Mnichowski during their undefeated run this season. The New Orleans native has been relied on as a leader on a predominantly young team. (January 28, 2010, Page 6)

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              Smith’s dedication, attitude led him to new heights

              HIGH SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT — Carl Smith overcame an early struggle with focusing on the game to become a leader on the Oxford High School basketball team, and in the broader school environment as well. His father-figure relationship with Coach Drew Tyler is so strong he calls him “Daddy Drew.” (January 14, 2010)

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