Abraham named MS Gatorade Player of the Year

Jack Abraham had just completed Oxford's most thrilling come-from-behind win of the season in the quarterfinal showdown against Germantown when the question was popped. Will it be Tulane or Cali come signing day?



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Jack Abraham is Oxford's most prolific passer in school history. The 6' 0", 197-pound signal caller was named the 2015 Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year for his own-the-field accomplishments this season. Scout's No.63 rated quarterback has passes for over 4,300 yards with 55 touchdowns and only five interceptions. All told he has passed north of 11, 400 yards with 126 touchdowns in his three-year-stay for the Chargers.

It was on the night of the quarterfinal showdown against Germantown the 2015 Parade All-American was probably most proud. The situation was easy. Oxford started at their own 20-yard line with three minutes left in the game. They score and they advance to their third straight 5A championship game. Don't score, and it's over, all over. The quest to finally snag that elusive ring would be finished, dreams dashed. And it's not easy to paint the story in these few words.

Oxford has been ever so close to winning the past two state championship games. They gave up a two touchdown lead Jack's sophomore season in the last five minutes to lose in the last second to Picayune. Last season they had the lead in the 4th quarter but lost in the last possession to Laurel. It's been ever so painful for this group of seniors that have gone through so much. But on this night their signal caller willed them to victory. The possession before they were up by five with just over three minutes to go. Jack passed it to one of his receivers at the Germantown 10 yard line and it bounced off his hands into the waiting arms of a Germantown defender who took it 90 yards for a touchdown. What was supposed to be a game clinching score now flipped the script and made it a do-or-die situation for their offense.

Jack calmly led his team 80 yards for the score with just over 30 seconds remaining. The celebration started. The Oxford prodigy was all smiles as he knew his team escaped elimination to give them another chance for a ring that will be concluded Saturday.

When the dust settles though, with or without that ring, he knows the big question remains. Where next?

Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com

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