5A showdown: Green Wave rises to challenge

NEW HOPE – The West Point Green Wave, ranked No. 2 in the Daily Journal’s poll of area large schools, scored two touchdowns in the first quarter and cruised to a 35-8 win over New Hope in area high school football action Friday.
In a matchup of top five teams in Class 5A, the Wave’s win snapped a five-game season-opening win streak by New Hope. The Trojans came in ranked No. 4 by the Associated Press, the Wave No. 3.
New Hope got on the board with a first-quarter safety, but that didn’t little to halt the Green Wave onslaught.
Justin Cox passed 50 yards to Michael Bush, and Davoris Davenport scored on a 25-yard fumble return as West Point (5-1, 2-0 Division 1-5A) led 14-2 after one quarter.
“Bush, the tight end, just popped open, and we hit him on it,” West Point coach Chris Chambless said.
It was a 21-2 game at halftime after the Green Wave completed a touchdown march with a 1-yard run by LaKendric Thomas.
“We pounded it at times when we needed to, got some long drives and took some time off the clock and just played West Point football,” Chambless said.
Running back Terrence Gentry, averaging 90 yards a game on the ground for New Hope (5-1, 1-1 Division 1-5A), got loose on a 72-yard touchdown scamper for the Trojans’ only touchdown.
That made it 21-8 early in the third quarter.
West Point’s Michael Carr returned the ensuing kick 72 yards for a score, and Thomas added a 5-yard run for good measure.
“District wins are always big wins. We treat every game as the biggest game played all year.
Our kids did a good job focusing all week. We’ve got some great assistant coaches that go that extra mile and want to win as bad as the players do,” Chambless said.

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