By John Davis
JACKSON – It was a sloppy start to the 2014 season, but in the end, the Chargers’ goal of a second straight undefeated regular season got off to a good start with a 26-21 win over Jackson Prep on Friday night.
A week after defeating South Panola in jamboree action, the Chargers were pushed by the Patriots after securing a 26-7 lead late in the third quarter.
OHS coach Johnny Hill gave credit to Prep, and the heat, for not letting his Chargers really put the game away.
“They have a good football team and it was a hot night, tough on both teams,” Hill said. “We struggled some, got some guys hurt, but I think we’ll be OK. I’m glad to get out of here with a win.”
Oxford quarterback Jack Abraham, who threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns, left for a series to deal with cramps.
“We didn’t play to our best ability, but we played well enough late in the game to get the win,” Abraham said. “We still finished and got the job done.”
Oxford never trailed in the game, jumping out to a 10-0 lead. Abraham’s first TD went to Kyree White, while Zach Cousar and DK Metcalf each had scoring grabs.
Turning Point: When the Chargers need to run out some clock, the Chargers turned to running back Kenzie Phillips, who was able to grind out enough yards to all but seal the game on offense. Prep got the ball back with 26 seconds but only had time for three plays.
Point Man: Abraham directed the offense and while the Chargers hurt themselves with penalties, his leadership proved valuable in the end.
Talking Point: “We played good as a whole, but we could have been better on other things.” – Abraham, on the offense.
• Oxford hosts Starkville in Week 2, the first game on its new turf.
• Metcalf ended the game with a pick.
• It was Oxford’s second straight season-opening win over Prep.