Oxford gets its confidence back

Oxford 49, Hancock 8

HANCOCK – Oxford made a 180-degree turn from last week’s drubbing to Walton as it doled out a lopsided loss to host Hancock Friday night.

Dustin Christophersen had a breakout game for Oxford rushing for four touchdowns and a career-high 151 yards. Scott Shackelton had 136 yards on the ground and one score, and Travis Frank added a TD run. The Blackhawks finished with 344 yards rushing and 437 yards of total offense. “Going into the game, we wanted to get our confidence back,” said Oxford coach Mike Chrystie. “We could have packed it in after last week’s loss.”

Christophersen rushed for three TDs in the first half scoring from 26, 55, and 16 yards. Shackelton capped a 37-point first half hitting home from five yards. Kyle Smith opened the scoring returning an interception 23 yards to put Oxford on the board. “The offensive and defensive lines set the tone for us,” Chrystie said. “The holes our backs were running through were huge. We executed well, and when you do that you’ll have success.”

Christophersen and Frank had scoring runs in the third quarter before Chrystie emptied the bench.

The Blackhawks host Deposit Friday.

Scoring Summary:

First quarter

O: Kyle Smith 23 interception return. Run failed.

H: John Marino 80 kickoff return. Zack Miller run.

O: Dustin Christopherson 26 run. John Witchella run.

O: Christopherson 55 run. Jeremy Nelson pass from Witchella.

Second quarter

O: Christopherson 16 run. Travis Frank pass from Witchella.

O: Scott Shakelton 5 run. Ethan Paul kick.

Third quarter

O: Christopherson 20 run. Kick failed.

O: Frank 5 run. Kick failed.

Score by quarters

Oxf. 22 15 12 0–49

Han. 8 0 0 0–8

Team Summary


First downs 10 4

Rushes-yds 47-344 32-78

Passing yds 100 35

Comp-att-int 4-6-1 1-5-2

Punts-avg 1-40 5-30.4

Fumbles-lost 1-0 2-2

Penalties-yds 7-50 3-20

Individual Statistics

Rushing: (O) Dustin Christopherson, 12-151, David Dunagan, 2-5, Travis Frank, 8-43, Scott Shakleton, 18-136, Brandon Shaw, 5-8 John Witchella, 2-1. (H) Keith Geer, 3-20, Kent Jennings, 3-4, Derek Keesler, 2-5, Zachery Miller, 23-50, Cody Ribble, 1- (-1).

Passing: (O) John Witchella, 2-4-1-93 yds, (H) Dylan Oralls, 1-5-2 35.

Receiving: (O) Jeremy Nelson, 1-43; Kyle Smith, 1-50. (H) John Marino, 1-35.

Chenango Valley 21, Norwich 7

CHENANGO BRIDGE – With little success moving the ball on the ground, Chenango Valley went to the air repeatedly to recoup an early touchdown deficit and shut down the Purple Tornado in the first half to improve to 4-0 on the season.

Matt Mullins went 10-for-18 for 178 yards throwing two first-half TD passes to Trevor Cola. The one big run of the day for CV – a Cola 57-yarder in the third quarter – set up Brian Stinson’s three-yard TD run in the fourth.

However, it was a day for Mullins and the CV passing attack on offense, and a sturdy defense that bettered its previous best outing from a week ago allowing Norwich just 154 yards of total offense.

One yard of that Tornado aggregate was the sum of TD drive in the first quarter. Mullins mishandled a snap near his own endzone, and Norwich recovered the pigskin about half a yard from the goal. Norwich senior Chris Mattingly churned through a small hole for the game’s first points and a 7-0 Norwich advantage in the opening stanza. Mattingly, who leads the Norwich rushing attack this year, had just 30 yards on the ground. As a team, Norwich managed just 106 rushing yards, and many of those came on a third-quarter drive to start the second half that produced four first downs, but no points.

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