Top-ranked Chargers post shutout to stay unbeaten

By NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – Oxford High’s stingy defense limited Lake Cormorant to minus-11 yards in the first half, and the Chargers remained unbeaten with a 26-0 win in area high school football action Friday.

The Chargers moved to 7-0 overall, 3-0 in division play, while Lake Cormorant dropped to 4-3, 1-2.
Oxford coach Johnny Hill was pleased to see his defense, which he says has been “steady Eddie” all year, responded after allowing more passing yards than he preferred in last week’s 29-17 win over New Hope.

Earlier this year Oxford held cross-town rival Lafayette County to 67 yards of total offense.
“I don’t know what they finished with, but we played great. We screwed up a little bit against New Hope, but we were able to shut them down tonight,” Hill said.

After a scoreless first quarter, Oxford took control in the second.

Cody Mills knocked in field goals from 32 and 42 yards, and Parker Adamson – who threw two touchdown passes last week against New Hope – threw scoring passes of 50 yards to Jarius Barnes and 32 yards to Joey Walden on a screen pass.
It all added up to 19-0 edge for the Chargers at the break.
Oxford added a 27-yard touchdown run by Nick Brown in the third quarter.

Adamson’s accuracy helped the Chargers overcome mistakes that caused two more touchdowns to be called back.

“He’s special,” Hill said. “He throws well, and he’s a real strong runner, not one of those fleet-footed guys, but he’s got some shake-and-bake, and he’s strong.”

Hill says the Chargers still haven’t played their best football.

“We made a lot of errors tonight, but we’re getting better,” he said. “We’ve got a great bunch of guys and some really good senior leadership. They worked their butts off all summer, and it’s paying off now.”