Oxford football makes playoffs for first time in over a decade

Evening Sun Report


BINGHAMTON - After beating Seton Catholic 42-0 on Saturday, October 10, the Oxford varsity football team is now in the playoffs for the first time in over ten years.

Playing well on both sides of the ball this weekend the Oxford Blackhawks look as ready as ever for the playoffs this season. This week, Friday, October 16, Oxford travels to Tioga in a game that will effect who will play who in the post season.

This weekend Oxford put up some impressive numbers over their opponent, totaling 461 yards of total offense and earning their second shut out of the season.

In the first quarter Oxford’s Nick Neer opened up the flood gates and scored on a five yard run into the end zone. Just a few minutes later Garrett Sylstra would score on a 20 yard run to put the Blackhawks up 13-0 over the Saints.

The second quarter started with a Neer touchdown off of a 25 yard scamper to the end zone. Neer would finish the night with 224 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Later in the quarter, Xavier Cruz would earn his first touchdown of the night on a 54 yard break away run to pay dirt, giving the game a score of 26-0. The half would end after Oxford trapped Seton deep in their own territory to force a safety.

Coming out of the locker room Oxford was up 28-0 and would quickly score twice more. In just four plays Oxford would find the end zone twice and give the game its final score of 42-0. The first score came from a 35 yard run from Cruz and a six yard run from Sylstra, both players earned their second touchdowns of the evening.

Seton would keep Oxford out of the end zone in the fourth quarter to finish the game with a score of 42-0. “This was a great team win for us,” said Oxford coach Jeff Newton. “We haven’t made the playoffs in over ten years so this is really special for the program. Everybody played hard this weekend and I have to give a lot of credit to our offensive line. Those guys have been playing great all season.”

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