Oxford QB Jack Abraham and one of three leading receivers, Kyree White, are returning to the Chargers lineup this week.
Abraham, the Journal’s reining offensive player of the year, has missed four games while recovering from surgery to repair a torn meniscus. White has been out since Sept. 19 with a broken collarbone.
The Chargers (8-1, 5-0 Division 1-5A), the Journal’s No. 2 large school, have rolled right along under sophomore Ben Bianco at QB.
While he has thrown for only 149 yards per game, through three games he had completed 63 percent of his 57 passes for six touchdowns and zero interceptions, a QBR of 126.8. He completed 9-of-18 for 105 yards last week in a 17-0 win at Clarksdale, the first time in four games the Chargers had been help below 42 points.
And in three games following Abraham’s injury, Oxford rushed for 371, 271 and 226 yards. The previous high was 148 against East Side.
Coach Johnny Hill plans to use both quarterbacks, making defenses prepare for two styles of offense.
Bianco can run the option and he can throw and with Abraham’s ability to spread it around with 64-percent efficiency, that puts a lot of pressure on defenses. Despite missing so much time, Abraham is still sixth in 5A in passing with 1,603 yards. His 320 yards per is first.
“I think it’s been a really good thing. Other guys have kind of picked up their thing without Jack and Kyree, a little more run oriented. They had to step the run game up and they did,” Hill said. “Jack is real good in practice. His arm is a lot stronger now. He’s rested his arm. It may be the first time he’s rested it since seventh grade.”