This past weekend, Oxford participated and co-hosted alongside with FNC Park the 7-on-7 O-Zone Tournament. Oxford fared very well considering they were without Senior QB Parker Adamson for the tournament. Adamson was out due to him (and a couple fellow teammates) attending several college camps over the past week. Oxford managed to reach the Championship game where they ultimately fell 26-25 to Lafayette in what became a shootout of sorts as neither team was able to really stop the other. Both teams scored on all four allotted possessions but Lafayette made one more extra point play than Oxford and proved to be the difference.
Although they didn't win it all, they did go 6-1 in the Tournament and may have found a few answers to some question marks heading into next year. Nick Brown - upcoming Senior starting Point Guard for the Basketball team - is becoming a reliable target on offense that needs a receiver or two this year. Micheal McGee - a rising Sophomore QB - is looking like he could lead the team once Adamson leaves. McGee was filling in for Adamson during the tournament and fared pretty well at QB, he made plenty of throws. If Adamson were to ever go down (of course we hope that never happens), McGee can come in and run much of the offense in the wake of that.
Defensively, it appears they have improved a good bit from last year. They managed to get some key stops and turnovers in key situations during the tournament that helped them win some close games. Defense was certainly not a strong point in last year's squad but it can be said that without them, they would not have gone 6-1 the past two days. They looked a lot better than where they were in this tournament last year that saw them go two-and-out in bracket play.
I did not see much of the "B" squad that participated in the lower 1A-2A bracket but they fared very well as well. They went 1-1 in pool play beating Shane Stone's Potts Camp team. Stone is the former OHS Girls Basketball coach before Shane Linzy took the job and was an assistant on the OHS football team before becoming the head coach at Potts Camp and started the program there. Lafayette's B-squad defeated Oxford's B-squad Friday. On Saturday, Oxford defeated Potts Camp twice and got revenge on Lafayette's B-squad to capture the 1A-2A Championship. They went 4-1 in the tournament.
If the offense continues to click like it has each year and the defense is looking this solid this early, Oxford will make some noise come August. It will need to early, with Grenada (lost 16-15 last year), Charleston (defending 3A champions), and Lafayette (2x defending 4A champions / will be shown on TV this year) to lead off the schedule, it will not be easy at all under any means.
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