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Oxford wins 14-13 thriller to take 2019 6A State Title

Brant Berry | PrepsNet

Auburn, AL – The Oxford Yellow Jackets scored with less than a minute remaining to claim the 2019 AHSAA 6A state football title 14-13 over the Spanish Fort Toros at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Senior quarterback X’zavian Britt was forced into action in the second half after an injury sidelined starting signal caller Revy Higgins. Britt lead the Jacket comeback pilling up 41 yards rushing while passing for 66, completing 2-of-4 and snagging a pair of Higgins receptions for 16 yards in route to taking home the game’s Most Valuable Player award.

Before being sidelined, Higgins completed 5-of-11 passes for 47 yards while adding another 74 rushing yards on 17 attempts. Rokafewlloa Taylor lead the Oxford receiving corps with four grabs for 87 yards while Jonovan Carlisle paced the Jackets on the ground racking up 93 yards and a touchdown on 18 attempts.

Spanish Fort quarterback Kristopher Adams finished the night with 15 yards passing, completing 1-of-5 passes and a score. Adams also lead the Toros in receiving, pulling down a Quinton Burkhalter pass for 25 yards. Johnny Morris was the Toros workhorse on the ground carrying the ball 18 times for 106 yards.

Spanish Fort’s season comes to a close at 9-5. The runner-up’s improbable route to the playoffs included benefiting from an early season forfeit from Daphne that proved to be the win the Toro’s needed to advance to the postseason. After finishing the regular season at 6-5, fourth in region 5, Ben Blackmon’s squad rattled off playoff wins over Dothan, Wetumpka, Park Crossing and Opelika to punch their ticket to the Super 7 for the first time since 2015.

Oxford closed out 2019 at 14-1 with their lone defeat coming at the hands of traditional power Clay-Chalkville. The win at Jordan-Hare gave the Yellow Jackets their 4th state football title and their first since 1993. Head coach Keith Etheredge, completing his first season at Oxford, now has five state championship victories on his resume having captured four blue maps during his 10 year stint at Leeds.