Leave it to Oxford and Lafayette to add a splash of drama to a summer tournament.
The two football squads capped this weekend’s third annual O-Zone Classic 7-on-7 tournament with a championship game that went down to the last play. (June 18, 2012, Page 6)
The first high school football game may still be 64 days away, but area teams are already gearing up for the 2012 season through various passing leagues. The annual 7-on-7 workouts at Oxford High School were supposed to have started the first Monday in June, but rain the past two weeks postponed the first set of games at Bobby Holcomb Field until this past Wednesday.
Two Oxford teams competed against Water Valley, Marshall Academy, Charleston and Potts Camp in the late afternoon trying to get the rust off and in some sort of shape heading into the annual O-Zone Classic 7-on-7 tournament this weekend at FNC Park. (June 14, 2012, Page 7)
Some of the questions Oxford coach Johnny Hill had about certain positions on his team were answered over the summer with extensive work in 7-on-7 drills.
The culmination of a long, hard summer of work was on display Friday and Saturday in the inaugural O-Zone Classic held at FNC Park. While the Chargers were unable to capture the title, Hill saw a group of players show better effort and improvement under less than ideal conditions and demonstrate that his receivers and defensive backs, two areas that lost a number of starters from 2009, have the potential to be good this year. (July 12, 2010, Page 6)
The Blue Devils were taken out of their element this weekend — big time.
Normally, Water Valley’s football team utilizes a run-heavy offense. But this weekend, the team participated in Oxford High’s O-Zone Classic, a pass-only 7-on-7 tournament held at FNC Park, and the Blue Devils threw the ball nearly as many times in two days as they did all last season (89 attempts in 12 games).
It was a good trial by fire for the Blue Devils, who enter their third year under coach Brad Embry looking to become an even more balanced offense.
For the Blue Devils, tournaments like this one — in which Water Valley went 3-4 overall and finished third in the Class 1A-3A grouping — make good stepping stones towards the ultimate goal of being a complete team. (July 12, 2010, Page 7)
Helping to make freshman quarterback E.J. Bounds’ life a lot easier this season will be the likes of Desmond Hervey and Chris Conard at receiver.
Both juniors are expected to step up on offense and assume larger roles this season.
Last season, Hervey caught just two passes for six yards, while Conard hauled in five for 98 yards and three scores.
But if this past weekend is any indication of how the season will play out, both Hervey and Conard could factor greatly into the team’s passing attack. (July 12, 2010, Page 7)