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The Oxford Chargers were eight minutes away from a Class 5A State championship last December.
After establishing a 35-21 lead in the fourth quarter in Jackson, Oxford could not hold off Picayune as the Maroon Tide scored 21 unanswered points to claim the title.
The Chargers were disappointed that they could not finish the season strong in 2014 and are eager to make up for it this year.
"The players have their mind on taking care of business this year," Oxford coach Johnny Hill said. "We are hungry."
There is a strong junior class returning for the Chargers, including quarterback Jack Abraham.
Abraham completed 62 percent of his passes last season for 3,572 yards.
Oxford also has running back Kenzie Phillips and wide receiver D.K. Metcalf, who caught 52 passes for 618 yards and eight touchdowns last year. Rivals.com has rated Metcalf, an Ole Miss commitment, as the No. 19 prospect in the country.
The Chargers host the Starkville Yellowjackets on Friday in what could be considered the showcase game in Mississippi. Both teams are ranked in the top five in the state. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
"To me, the game is what you would hope it would be and should be," Starkville head coach Jamie Mitchell said. "When you have the No. 1 ranked team and No. 3 ranked team playing, there should be some good players out there and you should see that on Friday."
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