By Adam Brown
Video by Talbert Toole
The Oxford Chargers open the 2018 regular season this Friday night, Aug. 24, as they play host to the Starkville Yellow Jackets in the Little Egg Bowl. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Last week, the Chargers traveled to Vicksburg to take on Warren Central in the Red Carpet Bowl, but the game was hindered by lighting. After the first quarter, Warren Central took a 14-0 lead into an hour and thirty-minute delay.
“It was probably one of the weirdest games I have been a part of,” Oxford head coach Chris Cutcliffe said. “We played the first quarter, had an hour and a half lightning delay and played the second quarter skipping halftime. (Everyone) knew there were more storms coming and wanted to try and get the game in.”
The Chargers scored in the third quarter at the 10:13 mark of action on a run by John Meagher before another lightning delay ended the game.
MSHAA ruled the game would be no contest, meaning it will not count toward either team’s record.
Meagher threw for 111 yards in the game and rushed for another 44 yards and a touchdown with seven touches on the night. Sam Bianco was a go-to receiver for Meagher in the game with three catches for 50 yards, with a long of 48 yards.
Starkville rolls into Bobby Holcomb Field 1-0 on the season after defeating Noxubee County 30-6 last Friday night. The Yellow Jackets were led on the ground by senior Rodrigues Clark who carried the ball 16 times for 109 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore Luke Altmyer passed for 124 yards and two touchdowns in the game.
“This is a natural rivalry between Starkville and Oxford just because of Ole Miss and Mississippi State,” Cutcliffe said. “It’s really fun from that standpoint, but we know we have a really good football team coming into town this week. (Oxford) has to be ready to play.”
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