Ole Miss Jamboree: Oxford passes past Shannon

brandon.speck@journalinc.com

OXFORD – Oxford quarterback Parker Adamson made play after play Friday in the Ole Miss Jamboree at Ole Miss’ Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

The plays didn’t come that easy for Shannon in a 17-0 Oxford win in the two-quarter scrimmage.

“We’ve got some kinks to work out,” new Shannon coach  Darryl Carter said. “I saw some bright things out here. We stayed very vanilla but my main thing was getting film, playing against somebody else to see if we’re ready.”

The regular season begins in a week, Class 5A Oxford hosting Grenada and 4A Shannon at Kosciusko.

Adamson’s opening two drives ended with a pair of touchdown runs from junior running back Jarius Barnes (4,1) and Cody Mills added a 29-yard field goal.

Adamson led a 70-yard drive to score first. He was 5 for 6 on the drive for 66 yards. Barnes scored on consecutive drives to open the game.

“He’s got the height, he’s smart, doesn’t get rattled, can check off, he’s the total package,” Oxford coach Johnny Hill said of his 6-foot-5 senior. “He handles the ball well and can take a lick.”

The drive saw two 19-yard catches from Glenn Gordon and Joey Walden and a 15-yard catch-and-run to Nick Brown, who had three catches for 48 yards.

Carter, a former wide receiver and quarterback, saw several passes float through receivers’ hands.

“I emphasize that major. We dropped three touchdowns, not just three passes, three touchdowns,” he said. “We didn’t throw and catch it well.”

Shannon held out a starting running back and a left tackle with ankle sprains. Strong safety/backer Thomas Walden found himself in Oxford’s backfield for three tackles for loss.

Oxford sophomore Mike McGhee had a productive second quarter at quarterback. The listed linebacker completed his first three passes for 43 yards.

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