Oxford High School Chargers

OXFORD, Miss. (WCBI) — One game, more specifically eight minutes, separated Oxford from a perfect 15-0 season and the school’s first football State Championship.

Unfortunately, those minutes and that final game was the difference for the Chargers as Picayune rallied to top Oxford in the 5A State Title.

Aug 22 Jackson Prep away
Aug 29 Starkville home
Sept 5 East Side away
Sept 12 Lafayette away
Sept 19 Open
Sept 26 West Point* away
Oct 3 Saltillo* home
Oct 10 Lewisburg* away
Oct 17 New Hope* home
Oct 24 Clarksdale* away
Oct 31 Center Hill* home
Nov 7 Lake Cormorant* away
*District games

This year, it’s about getting back and finishing the job.

“Our goal is to get back to the State Championship and finish the last eight minutes of the football game,” head coach Johnny Hill said. “We were disappointed with the loss and we want to make it back. Our goal since I’ve been at Oxford is get to the State Championship and win it.”

If they do win it all this year, it will be all about their high-flying, hurry-up offense led by junior quarterback Jack Abraham.

The Chargers averaged nearly 38 points per game last year, so the question is: can Oxford go faster this season?

“I don’t think so,” coach Hill said. “I think that was our problem last year and in the State Championship. We scored so fast our defense stayed on the field the whole night and that killed us at the end. We hope to slow it down a bit with the ability to go fast this year, but I have to keep that defense off the field and rested.”

The Chargers return a strong squad in 2014 that many believe will be the favorite to bring home the gold ball in Class 5A.

Coach Johnny Hill believes if that is to be the case, the youth from last year will have to grow up into leaders and the youth with this year’s team will have to follow suit.

“Our nucleus of our team last year was primarily 10th graders and this year they are 11th graders,” Hill said. “We have a good mixture of kids but our strength is most of these kids played 15 games last year. They got a lot of experience and they understand now what it takes to get there and finish the job.”

Oxford will start the season on the road at Jackson Prep before returning home for the Little Egg Bowl versus Starkville.

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