By Paul Jones/Special to the Journal
WEST POINT – Facing the likes of Noxubee County, South Panola and Starkville, West Point head coach Chris Chambless said his squad would be tested often in the non-region schedule.
But Chambless knew it would pay dividends in region play and that was evident again Friday night against Clarksdale.
Behind the play of senior QB Tez Lane and junior TB Aeris Williams, the Green Wave rolled to a 42-0 victory over the Wildcats for their third straight victory.
“I refer to Clarksdale as a sleeping giant because they have a lot of potential and when they wake up they will be rolling,” said Chambless. “But we’ve put together a couple of good games lately. That tough non-conference schedule has really helped us and helped to prepare us.”
Lane rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown and also passed for 169 yards and another score. Williams finished with 71 yards rushing and two scores as Williams and Lane spent most of the second half watching from the sidelines.
“We had to come in practice this week and keep the tempo up like the coaches wanted us to,” said Lane. “We had to carry over the momentum from last week and coach told us not to be complacent and to not be stuck on the last game.”
The Green Wave moved to 5-2 overall and remained perfect in Region 1-5A at 3-0. Clarksdale fell to 3-4 and 1-2 in Region 1-5A.
Like they’ve done most of the year, Williams and Lane got the West Point offense rolling and did most of their damage in the opening half. Williams had a pair of rushing touchdowns in the first half to help the Green Wave build a commanding 28-0 lead at the half.
Lane had a rushing touchdown as well and also a 42-yard scoring toss to Josh Ewing in the first half.
The Green Wave limited Clarksdale to just one first down and 54 total yards in the first half as well.
West Point had 451 total yards, with 282 on the ground, while Clarksdale managed just three first downs and 96 total yards.