Saturday night the Oxford Chargers football team goes for a 5A state championship under the lights of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium as they face the Wayne County War Eagles. Kick off for the 5A state championship is slated for 7 p.m.
Oxford comes into Saturday’s night game with a 12-2 season. The Chargers defeated West Point by a score of 35-7 last Friday night and obtained the North Half crown.
Oxford has been on a roll since the first part of September by not losing another game after dropping a non-district contest to Madison Central.
Coach Johnny Hill said Monday at the MHSAA media press conference for the state championship: “This season has flown by. It feels like yesterday that we just played Starkville on ESPNU. Now we are here at the end.”
The Chargers offense has been on a roll since that game, lighting up the score board with averaging 41.2 points per game.
Senior quarterback Jack Abraham has passed a total of 53 touchdowns this year. He averages 324.4 yards per game through the air. During the season he has accumulated 4,541 yards.
One of Abraham’s favorite targets is fellow senior wide receiver D.K. Metcalf. Metcalf has picked up 1,308 yards on the season as he averages 93.4 yards per game.
Wayne County comes into the 5A State Championship with 11-3 record on the year. The War Eagles won the 5A South Crown by defeating Laurel 55-27 last Friday evening.
Coach Todd Mangum squad is led by senior quarterback Reggie Stewart. Stewart averages 174.6 yards per game through the air. His teammate Freddy Jordan carries the ball 83.1 yards a game throughout the season.
“Todd (Magnum) has done a great job with them. They are loaded and quick as a hiccup, with a defense that is so quick,” Hill said.
Saturday nights game will be the last time coach Hill will be coaching the Chargers. As he announced prior to the start of the season, this would be his final season of coaching. In the Chargers’ 35-7 victory in the North Half, the players carried coach Hill off of the field.
Fans can come out and support the team all day Saturday prior to kick off with a tailgate beginning at Noon in the Grove, a pep rally at 4:40 p.m. in front of the Union. At 5 p.m., the Chargers will make their path down the Walk of Champions to the stadium.
Adam Brown is the sports editor for HottyToddy.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.