- Oxford clinched a playoff birth last week despite being only two games up from 5th place with three games remaining. That is because Saltillo, West Point, and Lewisburg have yet to face each other and occupy 3rd-6th place with Lake Cormorant. Two of those teams must come out of there with 3 losses and since Oxford holds the tiebreaker on each team, cannot be lower than a 4-seed in any tiebreaker involving those teams. Clarksdale and Lake Cormorant can only win any such tiebreaker against Oxford, but it must be in a 4-way tie to do so (and of course all involve Oxford losing to their next three opponents), and Oxford holds at least one tiebreaker in those situations where Oxford still makes the playoffs.
- Oxford was 4/4 on 4th Down Conversions last week against New Hope. The Chargers were 3/3 going into the game. They are a perfect 7/7 on the year.
- Kenzie Phillips is just 37 yards away from breaking 1,000 yards on the season. He has only carried the ball 105 times this season, giving him an average of 9.1 yards per carry. To compare, West Point RB Aeris Williams - a 4-star recruit by several recruiting services - averages just 6.3 yards per carry and has 1,443 yards on a whopping 228 carries.
- Oxford can clinch the 1-5A title with a win over Clarksdale and a Lake Cormorant loss to Center Hill Friday Night. A win will give Oxford home field for the first round of the playoffs and get at least a 2-seed. Oxford can clinch the 1-5A title with two wins over the next two weeks.
- LB Mike McGhee was responsible for 8 of the 39 points last week, returning a line-drive punt to him for a TD and tackled a New Hope RB in the end zone for a Safety. They were also the first 8 of the 9 points in the game. He also had an interception.
- All of Oxford's points in the first half against New Hope had either a direct or indirect impact of the Special Teams play: Punt Return for a TD, Safety after a punt was pinned at the 2-yard-line, and a muffed punt by New Hope was recovered by Oxford setting up a short field for the other TD.
- Clarksdale has allowed at least 21 points in every game this season. The last time they held an opponent to less than 21 points? Oxford, last season, although they lost that one 14-11. The last time in a win? Against Hernando back on September 21, 2012 in a 14-7 win.
- Oxford's 9th Grade Football team went 8-0 this season - including beating Tupelo's JV (not 9th grade) team to cap the season. JV is currently 6-0 and play Holly Springs Monday in their season finale.
- Jack Abraham had his first sub-50% game last week against New Hope, completing 13 passes out of 27 attempts.
- Clarksdale has had 5 of their 7 games decided within 7 points or less, they are 3-2 in those games. Oxford has not had a game decided by less than double-digits this season.
- This upcoming game between Ole Miss and Idaho will feature two of the nations Top 5 punters this season.
- Idaho has allowed at least 40 points in each loss, they are 1-6. In their one win, they beat Temple 26-24.
- Idaho's HC Paul Petrino is the brother of former Arkansas and current Western Kentucky HC Bobby Petrino. He has coached as an assistant for Illinois, Louisville, Arkansas, Southern Miss, Utah State, and also at Idaho more than 20 years ago. He also was the Wide Receivers coach for the Atlanta Falcons in 2007.
- Ole Miss will not leave the state of Mississippi for the remainder of the regular season in Football.
- Ole Miss is 4-0 when they have NOT allowed a 100-yard rusher this season, but 0-3 when they DO allow 100-yards to a rusher. Likewise, Ole Miss is 4-0 when they have a 100-yard rusher, but 0-3 when they don't.
- I noted last week HC Hugh Freeze and Daughter Jordan had the same birthday 30 years apart, his other two daughters Reagan and Madison also have birthdays on the 27th. (Reagan's is in August, Madison's in December)
- Idaho is playing this season as an independent school. They are moving from the WAC to the Sun Belt using this year as a transition. They have previously been in the Sun Belt Conference from 2001-2004.
- 150 years ago from tomorrow, the Football Association was formed in London - the oldest Association of Football (Soccer).
- The Microwave Oven was introduced in 1955 on this date for home use.
- On this date in 1954, a US cabinet meeting was televised for the first time.
- On this date tomorrow in 2001, the Patriot Act (or USA PATRIOT Act) was passed in response to the 9/11 World Trade Center and the following anthrax attacks.
- Today is the birthdays of former NCAA Men's Basketball Coach Bob Knight (73), former MLB Pitcher Pedro Martinez (42), singer Katy Perry (29) and OHS QB Jack Abraham (16)..
- Today's forecast high of 57*F is the coldest of the year so far. The overnight low is expected to reach freezing (32*F) for the first time this fall.
Here are some facts for you to keep up with this Friday. They can range from sports to things you could care less about. Here we go:
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