ONEONTA – Perhaps looking ahead isn’t such a bad thing after all.
Oxford and its head coach Tim Davis put it on the record from the start of the season that the goal this season is a return to the Section IV, Class C championship game.
On the road to that stated mission, Oxford made a pit stop at the Midstate Athletic Conference title game Saturday night against Sidney at SUNY Oneonta, and defeated the Warriors with room to spare, 48-28.
It was the fourth league championship game appearance in five years for Oxford (17-3), and first win among the lot. “This is certainly nice for us as a team,” Davis said. “Especially for people like Alex (Champlin), who has been in the finals the last three years. But he is our biggest cheerleader to get back to the sectional championship game. I told the team this was kind of like the pretest before the big one.”
Champlin scored 18 points, and surprisingly, the Blackhawks would have won without any of those markers. More surprising is Oxford controlled a Sidney team that defeated Oxford on its home floor two months ago my nine points, and was coming off a thoroughly impressive division tie-breaker win over Walton earlier in the week.