Skidmore healthy again: OHS center recovers from title game injury
by Brandon Speck
Colton Skidmore’s night in December’s Class 5A state championship game ended way before he wanted it to and way different than he wanted it to.
Oxford eventually lost the title thanks to a late Picayune comeback, the first loss of the season for the Chargers. Oxford’s starting center, Skidmore lost earlier, exiting the game after breaking his ankle on a goal line touchdown on Oxford’s first drive of the second half.
“Going down in that title game, it killed me,” Skidmore said. “I feel like it just kind of brought the whole atmosphere down in the game. It feels great to be healthy and back out here competing and doing what I love to do, which is football.”
Skidmore will be a sophomore, after starting as a freshman. While he still has plenty of time to show colleges what he can do, he’s not waiting. Sunday, he was at Ole Miss for a camp, healthy.
“I’m just trying to show them that I’m here and I can play ball,” Skidmore said. “That’s all I want to do.”
He said doctors cleared him 100 percent about a month and a half ago, when he started getting back into light weights and running until he got comfortable enough to go full-speed.
He wanted to lose some weight, too, which he did. Listed at 6-foot-1, Skidmore played at 310 pounds in the fall. He made it a goal to shed a few and he’s down to 288.
“I want to play about 285, 280, so I’ve got a little bit more to go,” he said. “But once we start summer workouts, I think I’ll get there.”
It will be here soon. High school football is 76 days away from opening Thursday. Oxford will play at Jackson Prep on Aug. 22, before back-to-back home rivalry games against Starkville and Lafayette, the Crosstown Classic scheduled for Sept. 12.