OXON HILL – The Oxon Hill Clippers look to rebound from an 8-5 season during the 2017-2018 football campaign and look to get back to the state playoffs.
Oxon Hill High School Head Coach Craig Jeffries has done a bit of reloading and retooling for this upcoming season with the loss of some of last year’s talent but is confident his team will succeed in reaching their goals.
“They come out, and they go to work every day, and they work hard. They will be ready for the season,” Jeffries said.
Two key losses from last year’s squad are quarterback Dajuan Rollins and wide receiver Daniel George who graduated. Rollins threw for more than 1,800 yards and accounted for 19 touchdowns through the air despite battling with injuries his senior year.
However, the Clippers will turn to junior quarterback Tre Peebles to run an offense that scored 386 total points last season and the team believes that he has the tools to get the job done.
The five-foot-ten, 160-pound quarterback will have some help in the backfield with sophomore running back Kimon O’ Sullivan to open up the passing game. O’ Sullivan and senior running back Jy’ir Ingram will help carry the load as they both combined for 465 yards and a touchdown last season.
“I’m looking for a state championship, and I think if we keep working week by week that we are gonna be ready,” Sullivan said.
The Clippers will continue with their spread attack and quick pace on the offensive side of the football and will find success moving the ball in multiple ways through the air with receivers Jaden Byrd and Dorian Harvey.
George hauled in 61 receptions for 897 yards and 10 touchdowns while the Clippers lost most of their prior receiving corps to graduation, but Byrd thinks that the new receivers are a talented group.
“This year we are trying to make a comeback, and we are gonna send a message, so they make sure they know we are coming back,” Byrd said.
Defensively, the Clippers will look to improve for a return to the playoffs as they gave up 310 points last season including 51 in their playoff loss to Linganore High School.
“We are working hard in practice coming out every day, so we are ready for this season. We’re like a bus right now, we got two tires moving, but once we get the rest moving, we’re gonna be unstoppable,” Oxon Hill defensive end Jordan Strickland said.
Oxon Hill will take on Chopticon High School on Aug. 31.