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Oxford Football defeated Shannon in the Jamboree game Friday 17-0 that showed the Chargers firing on all cylinders on offense, defense and special teams. Here is my analysis on how each part of the game faired:
Offense: QB Parker Adamson was finding all of his receivers and putting the ball on target all while running the newly installed hurry-up offense. The Chargers were getting their plays in quickly and did not incur a delay of game penalty while moving the ball swiftly up the field. When Adamson came out for Mike McGee, McGee was not quite as swift as Adamson was, although he is just a Sophomore. McGee did show flashes of a QB that looked like he had been playing the position for a few high school games already. He did take over for Adamson while he was camping around the Southeast during 7-on-7 drills this Summer and performed very well. Toler Presley, Nick Brown and company at the Wide Receiver position also performed very well. Of course the biggest void to fill from last season was replacing Mont Dean. Jarius Brown was able to punch in two Touchdowns from 1 and 3 yards out in the Red Zone to take the two scores.
Defense: In opposition of last year, pitching a shutout for two quarters against a normally good Shannon team is quite the accomplishment. The team did tackle well for the most part and more importantly did not allow one single point to the Red Raiders. The secondary could use a little more practice. Shannon was not able to complete many passes but it was more so of the Shannon QB of not being accurate than OHS defending well. Shannon had some wide open receivers that got behind the OHS defense but the throws were not very good. That seems to be the only gray area though as the Front 7 of the OHS defense performed exceptionally well and look a lot better than they did last year.
Special Teams: Usually you cannot get a real good assessment of Special Teams until you actually play the first game of the year, but Cody Mills showed exactly what his leg is made of for this upcoming season. Oxford was able to kickoff 4 times in the Jamboree, all 4 times Mills put the ball in the End Zone. In high school, the moment the ball hits the End Zone it is an automatic touchback and the ball heads out to the 20. This is something Oxford has been unable to find in recent years and it appears Mills can consistantly kick it into the end zone, instead of Oxford's defense defending just 60-65 yards of field, it'll gain another 15-20 yards. That is huge in any game if you can pick up 15-20 yards on kickoffs. Mills also made 1-2 FG attempts, making one from 30 but missing one from 40. Mills during pregame has shown enough leg to make a 50-yarder this year and is only a Junior. He has been with the team since 8th Grade so this is his 4th year with Varsity and this will be his 2nd year starting for OHS as the kicker/punter. It looks like we got a solid kicker for the next two years.
Oxford looks 10 times better than it did last year on offense, defense, and even special teams, this is looking like a very exciting year for Oxford Football. Come on out and support our team against Grenada - where we will have a working scoreboard this year.
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