Oxford defense rises in shutout of Whitney Point


Oxford 6, Whitney Point 0

WHITNEY POINT – Oxford is taking a liking to the road.

The Blackhawks won their second game on the road this season blanking Whitney Point Friday night.

Lane Barry, making his first start of the season, hit 6-foot-5 junior Kevin Davis on a 15-yard fourth-quarter scoring pass in the fourth quarter. The Barry to Davis connection weighed heavily in the final scoring drive.

On and third-and-20, Oxford extended the drive when Barry found Davis on a 35-yard first-down play. “They were still trying to cover (Kevin) one on one, so I figured we would try that play,” said Oxford coach Jeff Newton.

Oxford’s defense, and sophomore defensive back Jon Heggie, held Whitney Point out of the endzone on two late scoring threats. Heggie halted one drive with an interception in the endzone, and on the Golden Eagles’ final possession, Heggie picked off another pass.

Oxford proceeded to run out the final minutes of the clock to improve its mark to 2-1 on the season. “Our defense bent but never broke, which was awesome,” Newton said. “The defense showed good discipline throughout the game, even being down three starters. Guys stepped in and played positions they never played before.”

Bryan Simpson rushed for 80 yards to lead the Oxford offense. The Blackhawks travel to Candor Friday.

Score by quarters

Oxf. 0 0 0 6–6

WPt 0 0 0 0–0

Scoring Summary

Fourth Quarter

O: Barry 15 pass to Kevin Davis (kick failed)

Individual Statistics (Oxford)

Rushing: (O) Bryan Simpson, 14-80; Nick Neer, 7-52; Trenton Lyons, 1-10; Josh Nelson, 1-2; Garett Sylstra, 1-1. (WP) (204 total rushing yards)

Passing: (O) Lane Barry, 6-12-1, 90 yds, TD. (WP) 65 total passing yards.

Receiving: (O) Nick Neer, 4-40; Davis, 2-50.

Sherburne-Earlville 56, Sauquoit Valley 6

SHERBURNE – Sherburne-Earlville avoided the post-big-win hangover blasting Sauquoit Valley Friday in its division opener.

Matt Hull rushed for three touchdowns and 108 yards, Brodie Roebuck carried 11 times for 137 yards to go with two TDS, and Cody Marango threw a pair of long TD passes to Ben Khoury.

The Marauders were limited to just a single score in the first stanza, but came alive in the second as Roebuck and Hull scored on runs, and Marango’s 42-yard TD strike to Khoury made it 28-0 at halftime.

S-E was without several starters due to a one-game suspension for violation of team rules, but showed no ill effects of those absences. “The kids really responded, and I had every kid in the game by the third quarter,” said S-E coach Mike Jasper. “We threw it well and we ran it well. I don’t have any real complaints.”

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