With the end of the regular season rapidly approaching, all three area football teams are jostling for region and post-season positioning tonight.
Water Valley probably headlines the area’s action with a road test at Aberdeen, while Oxford (8-0 overall, 4-0 Region 1-5A) hosts 1-5A foe Saltillo and Lafayette welcomes 2-4A rival Senatobia to William L. Buford Stadium.
All three games are set for 7 p.m. kickoffs. Oxford’s game can be heard on 95.5 FM, while Water Valley’s will be broadcast on 105.5 FM and Lafayette’s on 93.7 FM. (October 19, 2012, Page 6A)
Oxford’s success on the football field has already spilled over to postseason honors. Three players — quarterback Parker Adamson, defensive end Xavier Pegues and center Clifton Smith — were named to the state’s top two all-star games Wednesday. Adamson and Pegues will both represent Mississippi in the annual Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game, while Smith will represent the North in the annual Bernard Blackwell All-Star game. (October 18, 2012, Page 8)
A week of intense practices following the only loss of the season paid off in a big way for the Oxford eighth-grade football team on Tuesday. A week after suffering a disappointing 14-12 loss to Lafayette, the Chargers blanked Grenada 36-0. The victory improved the Chargers to 6-1 overall and kept them in the race to possibly win the Tri-Lakes Conference title. (October 17, 2012, Page 6)
Another strong season on the gridiron has brought postseason honors for area players. Coaches from around the state met this morning at the Mississippi Association of Coaches office in Jackson to announce the annual rosters for the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game and the Bernard Blackwell All-Star game. (more…) (October 17, 2012, Page 6)
Water Valley senior Jeoffrey Gordon has been banged up for most of the season. Friday, the Blue Devil running back showed what he can do when he gets a chance to crack the starting lineup at close to full health.
In Water Valley’s 33-13 victory at Nettleton, Gordon racked up 205 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. (October 16, 2012, Page 6)
Hernando’s goal of shortening the game with its Wing T offense only accomplished fewer shots on ball carriers in the seventh-ranked Chargers’ 31-0 win Friday night at Tiger Stadium. (more…) (October 15, 2012, Page 3B)
Oxford’s run through the Region 1-5A schedule gets a little more interesting Friday with a road game at Hernando. It’s not that the Tigers (3-4 overall, 1-2 Region 1-5A) are any better or worse than the teams the seventh-ranked Chargers (7-0, 3-0) have been playing, they’re just one of the more unique teams.
Offensively, Hernando presents problems, especially in a week of preparation, due to the Wing T offense coach Anthony Jenkins uses to score points. Last year, the Tigers rallied from 14 points down to beat the Chargers 31-30 in overtime on homecoming using an offense that OHS coach Johnny Hill was leery about. (October 11, 2012, Page 8)
Two touchdown passes from quarterback Ben Bianco weren’t enough to lift the Chargers past Lafayette in Tuesday’s eighth-grade football game at William L. Buford Stadium. (more…) (October 11, 2012, Page 9)
The second meeting between Oxford and Lafayette on the gridiron meant a lot more than the earlier showdown. Tuesday’s doubleheader at William L. Buford Stadium not only counted in the team’s overall record, but also towards the Tri-Lakes Confernce standings.
Oxford’s seventh-grade Chargers remained perfect on the year with a 22-6 win over Lafayette, while the Commodores gave the Chargers their first loss of the season in the eighth-grade game with a 14-12 triumph. (October 10, 2012, Page 7)
Oxford’s success on defense this season can be attributed to the play of many standout players. Against Lake Cormorant last Friday specifically, senior Jarquis Adams recorded nine tackles, three tackles for a loss and one sack in the Chargers’ 26-0 win. It was the second time this year the ninth-ranked Chargers have earned a shutout and absolutely stoned an opponent from a yardage standpoint. (Lake Cormorant had negative 11 yards at the half). Adams’ play earned him this week’s Player of the Week honors, his first this season. (October 9, 2012, Page 6)