ALBERTVILLE — Oxford running back Tyetus Smith-Lindsey scored five touchdowns as No. 3-ranked Oxford scored a 43-0 win over Albertville at McCord Field on Friday night.
Three of Smith-Lindsey’s touchdowns came in the second quarter, breaking open a tight game and helping Oxford (5-0, 3-0 Class 6A, Region 7) cruise to the victory.
Smith-Lindsey rushed for 271 yards on just 21 carries before giving way to the second unit midway through the third quarter. He has rushed for 720 yards and 14 touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets’ five games this season.
“I cannot say enough about the way he ran the ball tonight,” Oxford coach Ryan Herring said. “He was making the big runs and big plays for us tonight.”
It was the 11th straight victory in this series for the Yellow Jackets and 15th straight regular-season win.
The Oxford defense continued its spectacular run with another shutout. The Yellow Jackets allowed only three first downs and 55 yards to the Aggies. They have only given up 452 total yards and 24 first downs in five games.
Oxford was plagued with penalties and a missed field goal in the first quarter, but Herring found the answer in the second quarter, which was hand the ball to Smith-Lindsey and let him do his thing.
He had 151 rushing yards on 14 carries in the second quarter alone. His touchdowns in that period covered 8, 60 and 5 yards, even though Albertville stacked the line with five defenders and were shadowing him with a linebacker.
Smith-Lindsey had touchdown runs early in third quarter from 18 and 63 yards.
“I thank God, my coaches and my offensive line for my game tonight. They were some phenomenal holes to run through,” Smith-Lindsey said.
After a scoreless first period, Oxford went into intermission up 22-0.
Freshman quarterback Trey Higgins scored from 29 yards out on the last play of the game to put the icing on the cake. Zane Barbaro was perfect on all his extra point attempts, and Caden Higgins added a two-point conversion run.
Kendall McCallum led the Jackets’ defense with 11 tackles, and Prentice Fomby was not far behind him with six stops. Asante Ferrell added an interception.
“We just all try to stay in position and make plays to help our teammates,” McCallum said.
The Oxford defense has a tradition of shaving a coach’s head after every shutout, and coach Chris Norton was the third victim this year. They are running out of heads to shave at the halfway point of the season.
“If our defense continues to play like this, we are going really have something this year,” Herring said.
The Yellow Jackets had 514 yards of total offense.
Oxford is on the road next week as the Yellow Jackets travel to Alexander City to face Benjamin Russell and Hall of Fame coach Danny Horn.