While Oxford didn’t play a mistake-free game, the visitors did make enough plays in all three phases to earn the win. (September 24, 2012, Page 3B)
BLOG: OLIVE BRANCH—Oxford continued its winning ways Friday night earning a 40-27 victory at Center Hill to open its Region 1-5A schedule. (more…) (September 22, 2012)
he three area football teams head into tonight’s various matchups with different mindsets.
Lafayette will look to extend its winning streak to three games at Pontotoc tonight, while Water Valley hopes to rebound from a rare loss last week when it hosts J.Z. George.
Oxford’s Chargers traveled to Grenada and earned a hard-fought 12-6 win over Grenada Thursday evening. The Chargers (3-0-1 overall) gave Grenada its first loss of the season. (more…) (September 21, 2012, Page 7A)
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)
A week off from the gridiron to rest some players from various bumps and bruises will end Friday night for the No. 10 Oxford Chargers with the start of Region 1-5A play at Center Hill. OHS coach Johnny Hill was upbeat about what the off week did for his team heading into the most important part of the schedule. (September 20, 2012, Page 8)
SENATOBIA — Domonique Harris, the sophomore quarterback for the No. 10 Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers, didn’t throw the ball a bunch Thursday night, but when the 6-foot-5, 225-pounder did put the ball in the air, it was usually complete to a Ranger receiver and for a lot of yards.
A week after the Rangers’ running game led them to a 42-21 win over Copiah-Lincoln on the road, it was Harris’ turn to show his skills and complete passes when the running game needed a rest against Coahoma in their 44-6 win at Bobby Franklin Field.
Harris, a former standout at Southaven, finished the night 17-for-23 for 323 yards. He was 13-for-15 for 220 yards in the first half and was never really needed in the second half as the Rangers led 24-0 at the break and 30-0 after three quarters. Unfortunately for Harris, a 44-yard pass to running back Teshadi Talton didn’t go for a touchdown even though it appeared Talton crossed the goal line with just over 5 minutes left in the first half.
Referees ruled that Talton fumbled the ball before he crossed the goal line and thankfully for him — and the 2-0 Rangers — teammate Josh Hamilton was able to recover the fumble in the end zone. Other than that small miscue, which didn’t hurt the team, a muffed punt and an interception late with the game out of reach, the Rangers played well according to coach Ricky Woods. (September 14, 2012, Page 6A)
Led by a defensive unit that has only allowed one touchdown all season, the Oxford Chargers’ ninth-grade football team defeated Senatobia 28-0 Tuesday night. The 4-0 Chargers, who have outscored their opponents 145-6, were praised by coach Jason Russell for their play on defense. “We were lights out and we really had to play hard against a good, athletic Senatobia team.” Jack Abraham led the Chargers on offense as he passed for two of the four touchdowns scored. Abraham finished the game 11-for-16 for 171 yards, while Kenzie Phillips scored twice on runs of 2 and 56 yards. Oxford finished with 302 yards of total offense and scored a touchdown in each quarter. The Chargers will return to action Monday against Center Hill. (September 12, 2012, Page 7)
The seventh-grade Chargers defeated the Commodores 26-0, while the older Chargers outlasted the Lafayette 28-22 to remain perfect on the season. (September 12, 2012, Page 6)
A chance to play some reserves and build additional depth heading into the start of region play is what coaches from Oxford and Lafayette were looking to gain from Monday night’s junior varsity game between the two schools. While Oxford defeated the Commodores 12-7 at William L. Buford Stadium, a victory and a loss weren’t the two biggest things obtained from the contest. (September 11, 2012, Page 8)