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Sims Looking To Nail Fortius Project

Oxford 2019 linebacker Travian Sims is a great example of a guy who refuses to let injuries like dislocated thumbs, MCL sprains, and a dislocated shoulders hold him back from wanting to play a game that he loves. No matter what, he’ll do whatever it takes to get back on the field and help his team do good things.

He wants to do good things for a great community and great football program.

“We have a lot of people that support us in the school and the community, so we do our best to represent the Oxford Charger football program in a positive way,” Sims told SES Mississippi. “Wearing an Oxford uniform on Friday nights means different things for other people, I would say it means a brotherhood to me. It is when we we all get together and show people what Oxford Charger football is all about.”

Sims was part of an Oxford defense that finished as one of the state’s elite. The Chargers finished third in 6A in scoring defense and kept the other team’s offense out of the end zone in five of their 12 games. They also had 29 total takeaways.

“We all came out with a lot of excitement,” Sims said. “It just hyped us up even more to get a turnover and it just feels great to get your teammate into the end zone.”

Now healthy finally, Sims is ready to make this season an eventful one and polish up his skills as a linebacker. At the Fortius Project at Itawamba Community College on February 24, he will try to do just that.

“I was a pretty solid tackler and was very aggressive. One thing I need to work on would be my coverage skills,” Sims said.

His team failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2011 last season. They did manage to finish with a winning season at 8-4 overall and 4-3 in one of the state’s toughest and deepest regions, however, in 6A Region 1. Going into 2018, the Chargers will face a similar schedule and look to make their first playoffs in class 6A.

“One of the main highlights of our season last year would be that we all became closer together not only as teammates, but as brothers. We weren’t able to finish the season as we would have wanted, losing to Southaven, South Panola, and Tupelo. We also got a feel of the competition in 6A and now all we have to do is step up,” Sims said.

The Chargers will open up 2018 in Vicksburg and will face Warren Central in the Red Carpet Bowl Classic.

***Photo Courtesy of Thomas Brown (@tbrownqb)

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