By Adam Brown
Video by Josh Zaragosa
The dream of one day playing a sport at the college level is coming true for five seniors at Oxford High School after signing letters of intent on Wednesday, National Signing Day.
On the gridiron, this senior class excelled through their four-year high school career with a 25-12 overall record. During that run, the 2019 senior class made two playoff appearances in 2016 and 2018.
This past season the senior class made history for the football program with its first-ever playoff appearance in 6A competition.
All five players signed with community colleges around the state.
Travien Sims signed with Northeast Mississippi Community College. During his senior season he recorded 80 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, two sacks, a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal. Sims was named a member of the 2018 All-Region 1-6A Second Team Defense.
Fellow senior Dede Pegues will be joining Sims at Northeast. During Pegues’ career at Oxford, he totaled 82 catches for 1,117 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. The Chargers also called his number on special teams as he averaged 20 yards per kickoff return and 6 yards per punt return. This past season, Pegues was tabbed as a member of the All-Region 1-6A First Team Offense.
Offensive lineman, Ryan Lipscomb heads to Senatobia to play for the Northwest Rangers. Lipscomb played an integral part in the “Trench Mafia” as he helped pave the way for the Chargers ground attack. In his senior season, Lipscomb was selected as a part of Team Mississippi in the Mississippi Alabama All-Star Game.
Lamarcus “Red” Faulkner singed with Copiah Lincoln Community College. Throughout his career playing for the blue and gold as he tallied 80 tackles and seven sacks on the defensive side of the ball. Faulkner also recorded one touchdown pass for 22 yards. His teammates voted him as one of the team captains in the 2018 season.
KT Owens heads to Mississippi Delta Community College after only one season of varsity football in which he finished with 52 tackles along with 13 tfl’s and three sacks. Owens was named as a member of the All-Region 1-6A Second Team Defense.