Trojans silenced in big loss to No. 2 Oxford

Published 11:40 pm Friday, September 14, 2018

Oxford High School showed why they are the second-ranked team in Class 6A Friday night, with a dominating 62-0 win over Charles Henderson High in Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The Yellow Jackets, improving to 4-0 on the year, jumped out to an early 27-0 first-quarter lead in the home opener for Class 5A CHHS, led 55-0 at the half, while their defense was stifling.

Oxford rambled for 465 total yards on the evening, while the Trojans could only manage 52 total yards.

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For CHHS Head Coach Brad McCoy, he was impressed with the Oxford team that has a number of Division I commitments and prospects, but also believes his team never could get on the right track.

“They had a really good football team, and honestly I don’t know if I gave them enough credit,” said McCoy. “I knew they were a good football team and had a lot of talented players at every position, but I also don’t know if we really showed up. I don’t know if it was the wow factor or if we were intimidated, or what it was. It’s hard to put a finger on it right now until we can watch the tape and truly see if we were outmatched or was it scheme, but we are going to figure it out and start working on it immediately.”

The game got off to a bad start for the Trojans immediately when the Yellow Jackets kicked to the Trojans, and Oxford recovered their own kickoff at the CHHS 17 yard line.

Four plays later Jonovan Carlisle ran it in for a 4-yard TD, Misael Reyes kicked the PAT, and Oxford led 7-0.

On the next possession for Oxford Tyetus Smith Lindsey ran it in from the 6-yard line for a 14-0 lead, and on the next series Trey Higgins scored from the 2, the extra point failed and the Yellow Jackets led 20-0.

Higgins, a junior quarterback, connected on a 15-yard pass play to X’Zavian Britt with 0:24 remaining in the first quarter for a 27-0 lead, and went up 34-0 with 8:50 to go in the half when Asante Ferrell intercepted a CHHS pass and returned it 48 yards for a touchdown.

Higgins threw another TD pass with 5:42 in the second quarter, finding Carlisle for a 77-yard score and a 41-0 lead.

Devion Ball added another touchdown at the 2:58 mark of the second quarter on a 6-yard carry for a 48-0 lead, and the Yellow Jackets led 55-0 when Smith Lindsey broke a 65-yard run for another TD.

Oxford went up 62-0 on the opening drive of the third quarter on a 22-yard run by Jordan Booker, to close out the scoring.

Smith Lindsey ran for 107 yards and two TD’s on eight carries for Oxford, Carlisle picked up 52 yards and a TD on four carries, Booker gained 48 yards on two carries, while Higgins rushed for 18 yards and a TD and threw for 212 yards and two touchdowns.

CHHS returns to region play next week when they host Beauregard for Homecoming.

“This game of course does not define our season,” said McCoy. “I think every one of our goals that we’ve got are still in front of us.”