OXFORD, Mississippi – “It’s a good saying that it’s hard to speed up, but you can always slow down”
Offensive Coordinator and quarterbacks coach Stan Hill brought these words to life in his play calling Friday.
His quick strike offense was in full effect scoring on their opening possession within the first two minutes of the game.
The 6-foot-5-inch senior quarterback Parker Adamson stood tall in the pocket as he delivered a dart to wideout Tyrell McGee for the touchdown.
“We are calling plays to attack the defense and putting our kids in the best position to move the football,” Hill said. “We have to get our best athletes into open space.”
After their first score, the defense forced the Charleston Tigers to turn the ball over on downs. The Chargers steamrolled down the field, scoring swiftly on a nifty run by junior tailback Jarius “Juice” Barnes.
Just like that, they held a 14 point advantage with 5:16 left in the first quarter.
As Charleston shook loose of the opening jitters, they began to settle down and apply pressure early and often on the offense. After a jolting start to the game, the Charger’s offense faltered in the second quarter.
“Athletically, Charleston is one of the best teams we will play all year,” Hill said. “They are a very well-coached team. We will try to wear them down as much as possible. Charleston is more speed than size, we have to keep that in mind.”
The momentum changed in favor of the Tigers as they stalled drives on back-to-back occasions, but failed to score. After another punt by Oxford, Charleston finally reached the end zone late in the second by a beautifully called play-action pass to the tight end.
Their two-point conversion attempt failed.
The score was 14-6 at halftime.
Oxford woes continued into the second half when Adamson threw a pick-6 on a tipped pass.
“They are very orthodox, they blitzed on almost every down, it kind of threw us off-guard,” Adamson said.”
But in true Oxford fashion, they fired right back with a one-play drive on a quick slant to beat the blitz with wide receiver Nick Brown on the receiving in.
The game was far from over, Charleston too responded by deploying a power running game all the way to another score.
Charleston again failed on a two-point attempt.
With a 21-18 lead in the fourth quarter, the Chargers unleashed their thunder and lightning combo with Barnes and versatile weapon Glenn Gordon.
The two ate up much of the clock leaving the Tigers with one last desperation heave to the end zone that was intercepted by defensive back Mark Pegues.
“Win ball games, can’t worry about stats and stuff like that, we just want to win,” Hill said.