Six years of frustration over losing to Lafayette was erased in one night for the Oxford Chargers thanks to an inspired and near flawless defensive performance. The Chargers defeated the fifth-ranked Commodores 19-0 in front of a jubilant home crowd at Bobby Holcomb Field and regional television audience watching live on Fox Sports South on Thursday night by pounding the Commodores into submission at the point of attack. (more…) (August 31, 2012, Page 6A)
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 MaxPreps.com 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)
Tonight’s annual Crosstown Classic football game between the fifth-ranked Lafayette Commodores and the Oxford Chargers at Oxford’s Bobby Holcomb Field remained a go as of this morning. OHS coach Johnny Hill had another meeting with local emergency management authorities who went over weather conditions that were expected to be in play at kickoff. (more…) (August 30, 2012, Page 8)
It takes head coach Eric Robertson maybe half of a second to produce the name of the biggest leader on the Lafayette High offensive line. On a team that is loaded with standout players on both sides of the ball, Robertson has no trouble pointing out senior left tackle Trae Williams and explaining what he means to the 2-0 Commodores. (August 29, 2012, Page 6)
There may be different names running the Lafayette High offense this season but Oxford coach Johnny Hill said quarterback Brandon Mack and running back D.K. Buford have more than enough speed and talent to make all the plays to beat his Chargers if OHS don’t play well.
Oxford hosts No. 6 ranked Lafayette in the annual Crosstown Classic contest Thursday night at 7. In a game that is being sponsored by C Spire Wireless and highlighted on Fox Sports South, Hill is hoping that the only fireworks that go off are before the game and turned in by his team rather than by the speed of Buford and Mack. (August 29, 2012, Page 6)
For a coach who was in charge of coming up with a game plan to stop the Chargers the past seven years, Robertson said this year’s group, led by quarterback Parker Adamson on offense, and a trio of linemen on defense, is very capable and talented in all three phases. (August 29, 2012, Page 6)
The Chargers (2-0 overall) were never challenged in the contest that started with a penalty and an interception on offense for Lafayette (1-1). The Chargers’ offense was literally not stopped in the first half. They scored on five of six possessions — the sixth possession was a 3-yard carry by Kenzie Phillips to run out the remainder of the clock — while quarterback Jack Abraham finished the first 20 minutes 8-for-10 for 151 yards and five scores. As impressive as the offense was for the Chargers, the defense swarmed to the football like coach Jason Russell likes to see. (August 28, 2012, Page 6)
Football is not supposed to look this easy for Oxford’s Nick Brown. After spending the bulk of his high school career playing for hoops coach Drew Tyler, the 5-foot-10, 155-pound Brown decided to play football this past spring. From the first day he hit the field, wide receivers coach Chris Cutcliffe was impressed by his latest recruit. (August 28, 2012, Page 6)
The annual Crosstown Classic meeting between Lafayette and Oxford at Oxford’s Bobby Holcomb Field is still on for Thursday according to OHS Athletics Director Johnny Hill. While bad weather associated with Tropical Storm Isaac could still impact the contest, which is scheduled to be broadcast live by Fox Sports South and sponsored by C Spire Wireless as part of the Bright Lights: Football series, Hill said after talking with TV officials this morning that the plan was still to play the game if possible. (more…) (August 28, 2012, Page 7)