Chargers get help from all over

Lauren Wood | Daily Journal Oxford quarterback Jack Abraham, just a sophomore, earns praise for his poise.

Lauren Wood | Daily Journal
Oxford quarterback Jack Abraham, just a sophomore, earns praise for his poise.

By Brandon Speck

Daily Journal

Jack Abraham was putting passes where only his guy could get them. Cody Mills booted field goals when touchdowns were tough to find.

Senior tight end Ethan Holmes made plays with wide receiver D.K. Metcalf nursing a broken foot.

Production is coming from all over the place for the 5-0 Oxford Chargers, who opened Division 1-5A play Friday with a long-sought win over West Point.

“Everybody stepped up, all of them,” Oxford coach Johnny Hill said. “Ethan had a breakout game. He’s been kind of banged up, but he’s back healthy now.”

There has been a lot of stepping up for the Chargers. Hill credited the coaching and all three phases with Friday’s win. It has been that balance to key quality wins against Jackson Prep, Starkville, East Side and Lafayette.

‘Over his age’

Abraham, one of a bevy of scary sophomores, threw for nearly 250 yards Friday, putting passes where only his guys could get them.

“(Abraham) is poised. You can’t say enough about him,” Hill said. “He’s well over his age, I’m telling you, experience-wise and knowledge-wise.

The Chargers visit Saltillo on Friday. Saltillo is on pace for its best season in nearly a decade, improving to 5-1, 1-0 after a 32-13 win at Lake Cormorant. Oxford has won all four division games against the Tigers.

Oxford running back Kenzie Phillips, another sophomore, scored two touchdowns Friday. A senior, Mills, may have saved the day. His three field goals in the second half helped stave off a West Point rally. He also kept the ball away from West Point’s Aeris Williams, an MSU commit, on kickoffs all night.

“(Cody) is a great weapon,” Hill said. “The first one went in the end zone. The rest of them he sky kicked and kicked it where it needed to be so they didn’t get a return. They’re very dangerous doing that.”

brandon.speck@journalinc.com