OXFORD - On a night where Oxford coach Mick James was honored for his 45 years of coaching in Chenango County, his defense let up just 28 total yards in 34-0 win over Candor. In the beginning of the fourth quarter of the game on Friday, September 25, the Candor coaches would call the game as too many Candor players were getting injured. Oxford would walk away with the win and a forfeit.
Before the game started the Oxford coaches surprised Coach James with a plaque commemorating his service and commitment to coaching Chenango County's youth for the past 45 years. Countless athletes have either been coached or trained by Coach James over the last half of a decade and can attest to his devotion and commitment to the kids.
After the ceremony it was game time for the Blackhawks who came out of the gate with a lot of emotion. It took Oxford a few series to get in a grove, but once they did they would not let up. On their second series with the ball, the Blackhawks marched down field on multiple breakaway runs by Nick Neer to get close to the goal line. With 2:36 left in the quarter Neer took a run in from seven yards out for the game's first touchdown. After a blocked point after attempt, Oxford was now up 6-0.
After the ensuing kick off Candor started with the ball on their own 17 yard line. The first play from scrimmage saw the Indians stopped in the backfield by a swarm of Oxford defenders. On a second and long, Candor dropped back to pass to only have Oxford's Harry Oliver intercept the ball and return it 18 yards in for the touchdown. The ensuing two point conversion failed and now Oxford was up 12-0 with just over one minute left to go in the first quarter.
In the second quarter the Oxford defense stepped it up even more, delivering punishing hits to Candor's backfield and wearing down the offense. Oxford's next score would come from a 15 yard run to pay dirt from Xavier Cruz. The run was set up by a 41 yard Neer run to the Candor 15. After a successful two point conversion Oxford was now up 20-0 with 9:21 left to go in the half. Later in the quarter Neer did it again, this time taking the ball in from 16 yards for another score with just over one minute remaining in the half. Anther two point conversion meant that the Blackhawks now had a 28-0 lead on Candor.