Oxford football finishes 2022 season at 5-5


Ross Shows, podcast producer

The Oxford varsity football team would fall short of a playoff berth for the first time in four years after a loss at home in the season finale to the Madison Central Jaguars.

The Chargers would open the season with a loss on the road to Brandon, 45-14. Senior running back Roman Gregory would lead the way for the Chargers, scoring the only two touchdowns on the night. 

Oxford would rebound with a win the following week after returning home to face South Panola. Once again, Gregory would lead the way with five touchdowns as the Chargers would improve to 1-1 after winning a shootout at Bobby Holcomb Field with a score of 43-34.

Coming off a bye week, the Crosstown Classic Trophy would be up for grabs as Lafayette would travel back to Oxford. The game would seem to be over at halftime after Gregory would put the team on his back once again, rushing for a career high 5 first-half touchdowns before the break. The Chargers would reclaim the trophy after defeating the Commodores by a score of 43-19.

Oxford would then travel to Murrah, capping off the largest winning margin all season. An impressive defensive performance by Junior defensive back Ken Herron, who recorded a career high two interceptions, helped lead the Chargers to a 43-8 rout win and to improve to 1-0 in region play.  

Two-red hot teams would face off in Tupelo the following week as Oxford would hit the road to face the Golden Wave. Both teams came into the game looking to keep their respective winning streaks alive. The Chargers struggled and wouldn’t recover as they would go on to lose 35-0.

Coming off a loss, Oxford would play at home and welcome Germantown to Bobby Holcomb Field. Germantown would come into the game after snapping a 3-game losing streak in a blowout win over Murrah. The Charger offense struggled as they would go on to lose 26-16, despite a great defensive performance from Senior linebacker Alex Sanford. He led the team with 18 solo tackles.

Trying to break a two game losing skid, Oxford would remain at home with Clinton coming into town. Injuries started piling up and would hit the quarterback room as Senior Mack Howard and Junior Peter Grandjean would be unavailable. Freshman Mitchell Grandjean was given the nod to start the division matchup against the Arrows. Grandjean would defy all odds and give the Chargers a huge win after driving down the field and setting up Junior kicker William Wilkinson for the game-winning field goal as time expired.

Coming off a dramatic win to Clinton, the Little Egg Bowl is up for grabs as Starkville would travel to Oxford. The game turned into a shootout from the start and the Chargers would find themselves down early. The Yellow Jackets would prevail behind a dominant six touchdown performance from Starkville quarterback Trey Petty.

Needing a win to keep playoff hopes alive, the Chargers traveled to Grenada with an opportunity to remain in the hunt. Oxford was up for the task, winning the game 30-7 behind a career high, 5 sack night from linebacker Sanford. 

With playoff chances on the line, the Madison Central Jaguars would come into town. The Chargers would go toe-to-toe with the Jaguars but fall just short losing 56-43 and ending their season. Dane Harmon led the way for the Chargers with a 92 yard effort and touchdown. 

Despite a disappointing ending, Gregory capped off his senior season campaign finishing 14 yards short of another 1,000 yard season and 18 touchdowns.