OXFORD — The Oxford Yellow Jackets used a punishing offense and defense to defeat Pell City 33-0 in a Class 6A, Region 6 game. It also was homecoming for the Yellow Jackets.
It marked the 23rd straight regular-season win for the Yellow Jackets (3-0, 1-0 Region 6).
Oxford held Pell City to 92 yards on 52 plays to record the third straight first defensive shutout. The first-team defense has allowed only 227 yards and 14 first downs on the season.
The Jackets got things cranked up early with the defense coming up with a stop on fourth and inches on the Panthers 35 yard line. Five straight handoffs to Tyetus Smith-Lindsey produces a 14-yard touchdown burst to give the Jackets the early lead.
“We made some corrections early and just kept going,” said Smith-Lindsey. ”We have a lot of corrections to make to get better and will go to work on Sunday.”
Later in the first quarter sophomore quarterback Trey Higgins heaved an 81-yard bomb to sophomore wide receiver Rock Taylor, who took it the distance and give the Jackets a 13-0 lead they took into the half.
“I beat the defender and Trey got the ball up there and I got it and I just stuck it in there and outran them,” said Taylor. “We have a special bond as I have been throwing to him since the 6th grade,” said Higgins.
Jonovan Carlisle rambled in from 20 yards out to start the third quarter and Zay Taylor scored on a 17 yard run early in the final quarter. Taylor caught a 12-yard pass from Higgins to finish the Yellow Jacket scoring.
Oxford’s worst field position in the second half was their own 45 yard line and Pell City’s only two first downs came on penalties.
What to know
—Taylor had a huge game as he caught seven passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns.
—Higgins completed 10 of 16 for 199 yards.
—Smith-Lindsey rushed for 94 yards on 20 carries.
—Oxford coach Ryan Herring on the game: “We put a lot of pressure on the Panther quarterback and we had some great offensive plays. Rock had some great catches, Trey made some good decisions, Zay had a great run and Carlisle had an awesome run. Pell City is improved. They have a quarterback that can throw the football and for us to hold them under 100 yards in total offense that’s pretty cool.”
—Herring on the challenges ahead: “We are a work in process. “I am so proud of these kids, but we have to keep getting better. We have a lot of challenges ahead of us this year. We got a good Charles Henderson team next week and then we got Pinson Valley coming here the next week with the best quarterback in the country.”
—The Jackets travel to play at Troy University next week as they face the 5A Charles Henderson Trojans. They then host the defending state 6A state champions in Pinson Valley.