By John Davis, Sports Editor
NEW HOPE — Six minutes into Friday's game with New Hope, the Oxford Chargers were up three touchdowns.
At the half, the Chargers were making plans for the following week's game with Clarksdale. Paced by Jack Abraham's huge passing night, the red-hot Chargers defeated the Trojans 46-12.
It was the fifth straight win for the Chargers, who are now 4-0 in Division 1-5A play. Abraham completed 18 of his 24 passes in the first half for 334 yards. All seven of the Chargers' touchdowns in the first 24 minutes came off the arm of Abraham, who now has 102 touchdown tosses in his varsity career.
Abraham threw three touchdown passes to Ken Presley, and two two touchdown passes to DK Metcalf. His favorite of the night was the 7-yard touchdown he threw to Metcalf in the corner of the end zone to put the Chargers up 20-0. His fantastic effort earned him this week's Player of the Game for the Chargers.
“We came in knowing that we were going to put up points. Our mindset coming in wasn't just to throw the ball, but to put up points,” Abraham said. “We wanted to put 90 up on them. That's what Coach (Johnny) Hill said at the start of the week. We wanted to show these boys that we were legit this year. I wasn't expecting seven touchdowns, that's just the way it happened. Our receivers got out into the open field and made some plays. I'm proud of our offense, and I'm proud of our team.”
Abraham said he personally didn't feel any different coming into the game, adding he felt like the offense executed at the same high level of the past few weeks. New Hope provided some favorable matchups in coverage.
“They came out and did what we expected them to. They played one man and off 10 yards. I feel like our receivers did a good job of getting open,” said Abraham, who saved the ball that went for his 100th touchdown. “Our routes were sharp and all around, it was a good game.”
Offensive coordinator Stan Hill has praised Abraham since he started as a sophomore. Friday's performance, he said, revolved around the matchups.
“We could have done that so many more times,” Hill said. “That's the thing about it. What we have to do now is to make sure that our kids are in shape going into the playoffs. If you get a big lead on somebody, you got to keep turning it on. That's been a fault of ours in the past, but he was dialed in tonight. He missed two throws, and after that, he was pretty much 100 percent perfect. I'm very proud of him.”