By Paul Jones/Special to the Journal
WEST POINT – West Point held Senior Night on Friday and faced little resistence from visiting New Hope en route to a 56-20 victory. While several West Point seniors produced highlight moments, it was a senior that was supposed to be with them that was on their minds and hearts.
Before the game, West Point honored the parents of Tyler Wallace, a former West Point player who tragically passed away three years ago and just before his sophomore season.
“We had to represent for Tyler Wallace,” said Green Wave senior quarterback Dequinten Spraggins. “I had to do everything I could to make sure we won this game. I made sure we were prepared, made sure the offensive line was ready and just made sure we won this game for Tyler.”
On the night, Spraggins rushed for 71 yards and one touchdown and also threw for another touchdown. But he also had plenty of help from his teammates on both sides of the ball.
Not long after pre-game fireworks were set off at West Point, sophomore running back Aeris Williams provided his own explosion. Williams returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and the Green Wave never looked back.
West Point, 7-4 overall, 6-1 in Division 1-5A, led 49-12 at halftime and the reserves played the majority of the second half.
“It was great and even the young guys got to play a good bit,” said West Point head coach Chris Chambless. “We had fun and it was fun without having to grimace about a win.”
Williams also added a rushing touchdown as did Roger Thomas and Mario Virges for the Green Wave. On the defensive side, West point’s R.J. Tallie returned an interception for a touchdown while senior linebackers Charles Heard and Brandon Edwards combined for three sacks and six tackles for loss.
“The offense rolled good at times,” said Chambless. “We kinda played around some to try some different things. But we got back to our brand of West Point football and we’re able to run the football well.”
With the win, West Point secured a home game for Friday’s Class 5A playoff opener and finished second in Division 1-5A.