JOHN WILBERT: It's time to get back to work for Lafayette, West Point

By John Wilbert/NEMS Daily Journal

JACKSON – You can bet that West Point High football coach Chris Chambless will soon be feeling the pressure to win another state title.
Even though his Green Wave team is coming off its second consecutive MHSAA Class 5A state championship and 14-1 season, Green Wave fans expect their team to win title No. 8 in 2011.
“There’s that constant pressure in West Point,” Chambless said after his team defeated Brookhaven 21-3 on Saturday night to win the 2010 state title. “Now you gotta go home and get ready to do it again.
“I’m going to be at the (Alabama-Mississippi) All-Star game next week, but I’m sure my coaches will have them (the players) in the weight room Monday getting ready for next season.”
This week, the Lafayette High Commodores are enjoying their first state championship. The Lafayette coaching staff spent Wednesday afternoon looking at different styles of championship rings.
On Thursday, the coaches and players put down their sizes and ordered their rings to commemorate the first 16-0 season for a MHSAA team.
“That’s going to be special for these guys looking back years from now,” Commodores head coach Anthony Hart said after his team beat North Pike 31-6 in Saturday’s Class 4A state championship game. “We were the first 16-0 team and maybe the last 16-0 team. I don’t know.
“But all records are meant to be broken eventually. We’re proud to have won them all.”
Lafayette had such an exceptional season. The Commodores outscored its opponents a combined 622-124 as their kicker, junior Tyler Jackson, led the state in scoring for kickers with 104 points on the year.
The Commodores’ closest game this season was a 21-14 win over crosstown rival Oxford on Sept. 3.
“I stood in front of my guys for years, when you would lose a game, and said, ‘There’s no undefeated teams that win state championships. Everybody loses a game and then comes back and wins a state championship.’
“So I kind of ate my words this year.”
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