BY BRANDON SPECK
OXFORD – There wasn’t a whole lot of scoring to get excited about, but there were plenty of flashes of what touted Class 5A Oxford – and its talented sophomores – can do in Friday’s 7-0 win over Corinth in the Oxford Jamboree at Ole Miss’ Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Both coaches saw the ball on the ground too much.
“We did some good things,” Oxford coach Johnny Hill said. “We put the ball on the ground too much. I thought our defense played well, had a couple turnovers. We let them hit a couple home runs, but we’ll get all that corrected.”
Sophomore Kenzie Phillips’ 3-yard run was the lone score of the two-quarter scrimmage, set up after Corinth turned the ball over after a fumble and turnover on downs early on.
Chargers sophomore quarterback Jack Abraham had several well-thrown completions in the game, one a circus grab from sophomore Kyree White.
Corinth coach Doug Jones complemented his defense, namely the play of safety Jose Contreras.
“We’ve got to tackle better on defense. And on offense, we had some good drives going and shot ourselves in the foot, laid it on the ground. Typical two weeks of practice mistakes. Well get those hammered out.”
CHIEFTAINS WIN BIG
Film will show some negatives, but it looked good on the scoreboard for Okolona. The Chieftains beat Potts Camp 22-0 in two quarters of action.
Dequinn Babbit had a 10 yard touchdown run. Quarterback Jacobi Heard scored on a 24 yard run and quarterback Tyson Eddie threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Rakeem Boganm who fought off a defender in the air to make the grab.
“We did some positive things. I’m sure the film will show a little bit of both,” first year coach Jack Clark said.
Defensively, Okolona gave up only one big play, a 25-yard pass from Jarvis Jones to Hunter Joyner. But Babbit and Terry Rogers had a sack the next play. Babbit added a 25-yard field goal.
There are six more varsity games, three with area teams, today at Ole Miss in the Oxford Jamboree.
North Pontotoc and Saltillo play at 11 a.m., followed by Senatobia vs. Baldwyn. Falkner and Marshall Academy close the two-quarter scrimmages at 9.
At Mississippi State, Aberdeen plays Kosciusko at 11 a.m. West Point and Louisville play at 1 p.m. and New Hope and 5A champ, now in 6A, Starkville close the six-game day at 7.