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The Oxford High School football team is one of the top teams in the state, winning trips to the state championship game for the past two years, however they have yet to win it all.
This coming season will be different, according to Coach John Hill.
“This year we have a really good group of senior guys that are very talented with a lot of younger guys that are very talented too,” Hill said. “So we feel like we have a good nucleus of a football team and hopefully we can get back to the state championship and finish the drill on it.”
The Oxford Chargers have some of the top talent in the state. For example, Jack Abraham, has already committed to Tulane University.
DeKaylin Metcalf who is one of the top receivers in the class of 2016, according to scouting services like 247sports.com, ESPN, scout.com and others, is currently committed to Ole Miss.
But to get to that big game at the end of the year, you have to beat the toughest teams in the district.
When Coach Hill was asked about who would be the toughest opponent on this year’s schedule, it didn’t take him long to respond.
“That’s an easy answer and that’s West Point. They’re a very physical team and have a good football program — real rich in tradition, and that’s the team you’ve got to beat, and you’re probably going to have to beat them twice to get to that state championship game.”
Along the way, the team will be banking on an excellent defense. Michael Healy, who last year was an assistant coach with the linebackers and this coming season will work closely with the offensive line, is optimistic.
“The defense this season should be one of the best in the state again. We are returning our entire defensive line which should be our strongest point. We are returning only one linebacker and one defensive back, but the guys we have stepping up this year will be able to get the job done.”
Jack Abraham, quarterback at Oxford, had eight words for me when I asked what his expectations are for this coming season.
“I expect nothing less than a state championship.”