Oxford hosts Lafayette under ‘Bright Lights’

By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal

If Oxford is going to end Lafayette’s 34-game win streak, it will have to be done in front of a lot of eyes.
The latest edition of the Crosstown Classic is scheduled for 7:30 tonight at Oxford High School and will be televised by Fox Sports South. Forecasts are calling for a 90 percent chance of rain due to Hurricane Isaac.
The broadcast is the first of four C Spire “Bright Lights” games and is available in 12.9 million homes.
Oxford (2-0) coach Johnny Hill hopes to put a stop to two streaks, mainly Lafayette’s six-game streak in the series. Oxford is No. 2 in the Journal’s large school rankings. Lafayette is the No. 1 Class 3A/4A rankings.
“There’s always pressure in big ball games. We’ve got to line up and play them and whip them, and we haven’t done that in a while,” Hill said.
Chargers’ receiver Nick Brown has caught all four of the team’s four touchdown passes and has 11 catches for 252 yards. He caught two from Parker Adamson and had six catches for 153 yards in a win against defending Class 3A champ Charleston Friday.
“It’s a really good Oxford team, the best one we’ve played, we think, in a while,” Lafayette coach Eric Robertson said. “They’re so good at each phase, maybe the best on special teams, I know, in the last seven years.”
Hill and staff have spent a pair of nights past 1 a.m. making sure the field is painted and looking good.
Facing the giants
Tonight, he’s going to be dealing with a team that has outscored its first two opponents 49-3.
“They look really good. They haven’t had a touchdown scored on them in two games,” Hill said. “Their quarterback and tailback make them real good offensively.”
Making plays for the ‘Dores (2-0) have been running back D.K. Buford and quarterback Brandon Mack in new positions. Both have 179 yards rushing, Buford a pair of touchdowns. The Commodores have scored three times on defense.
Both coaches credited C Spire for their professionalism in getting video clips during practices.
“We’re just looking at it like a normal game as best we can. The players should be excited about it.” Robertson said.
brandon.speck@journalinc.com