Game Preview: Brandon Bulldogs (0-0) at Oxford Chargers (0-0)


The Charger defense lines up during a play at the jamboree game against Horn Lake on Friday, August 20.

Owen Collins, Staff Writer

The Oxford Chargers hosted a jamboree this past Friday, August 20 against the Horn Lake Eagles. The Chargers are coming off of a state championship loss against the Oak Grove Warriors last season, finishing 12-1. Last year, the Chargers defeated Horn Lake 50-26. The Chargers will host the Brandon Bulldogs on Friday, August 27.


Players to watch:

Oxford QB Michael Harvey: Senior and captain of the Oxford Chargers. Harvey played 12 games last year with a total of 1461 passing yards and an average of 121.8 passing yards per game. Harvey threw for 16 TDs in the 20-21 season. Harvey’s mentality makes him an eye-catching player to watch this Friday.


Brandon LB Blake Smith: Standing at 6’3” and 205 lbs, Smith is a senior for the Brandon Bulldogs. Last season, Smith had 30 solo tackles and 79 total tackles. He averaged 11.3 tackles per game. Smith is definitely a player to watch this game.


Oxford MLB Keegan Wilfawn: Senior and captain of the Oxford Chargers. Wilfawn, 5’11” and 220 lbs, shows his hard work on the field. Wilfawn had a solid 2020-21 season with 76 solo tackles and 104 total tackles. Wilfawn averaged 8.7 tackles per game. #10 is one to keep an eye on during this game.


Brandon RB Nate Blount: 5’10” and 225 lbs sophomore for the Brandon Bulldogs. As a freshman, Blount had 79 carries for 260 total rushing yards, and an average of 3.5 rushing yards. Blount is seen to be a powerhouse in the backfield for the Bulldogs, and for this matchup against the Chargers, Blount will be a player to watch.


X Factor: 

Oxford’s Offensive Line: While losing seniors due to graduation, the Chargers have brought in new additions to the trenches. Brandon’s defense is very unusual and hasn’t been seen in a while. They have the potential to shut down the wide zone, especially with Smith leading them. Oxford’s line will be the X Factor for this game as new players have stepped up into starting roles in the offensive line position.



With talk of the Brandon Bulldogs being dominant, and the Oxford Chargers being introduced to a new region, Friday will be a close game. The Chargers’ coaching and play-calling will adjust to anything that the Bulldogs have up their sleeve. 27-14, Chargers.