Special to the Journal
NEW HOPE – It was a clash of contrasting styles of offense Friday night when West Point traveled to New Hope in Division 1-5A action. The Green Wave’s ground game held the upper hand – in a big way.
After falling behind early, West Point turned to its talented backfield to literally run away from New Hope with a basketball-type score of 76-50. West Point moved to 6-4 overall and 4-2 in the division to keep its hopes alive for a first-round home playoff game.
“I’ve never been a part of anything like this in my life,” said West Point head coach Chris Chambless. “I’ve seen some freaky stuff this year but this takes the cake.”
Senior tailback and Mississippi State commit Aeris Williams led the way with 25 carries for 227 yards and five touchdowns. But he had plenty of help from his friends – senior Roger Thomas and junior Quincy Starks.
“We’ve got other weapons and needed them to come out and play well,” said Chambless. “And our two quarterbacks (Josh Ewing and Dason Thomas) also came out and played a great game.”
Starks rushed for 156 yards and three scores while Thomas added 147 yards. As a team, the Green Wave amassed a whopping total of 753 rushing yards.
“Without my team I can’t do nothing,” said Thomas. “Coming into the game, I had a high-ankle sprain and I didn’t know how I would make it through. But my teammates and my O-line, I got to get them all that credit.”
New Hope raced to a 10-0 lead, largely thanks to a bad snap on a punt attempt. New Hope maintained the edge for the first quarter until West Point found its stride in a major way in the second quarter.
That included 28 unanswered points for the Green Wave, including a trio of touchdowns from Williams. In the first half alone, Williams rushed for 203 yards and four touchdowns. As a team, West Point rushed for 425 yards and held a 48-30 lead at the break.
In contrast New Hope attempting 35 passes by Brady Davis, who had 224 passing yards and three touchdowns in the first half. Davis ended up with 471 yards passes and six touchdowns along with one rushing TD.
“Brady did a great job throwing the football and they’ve got some skill guys that can make catches and go get it,” said Chambless. “It didn’t matter if we had two back there, three back, nobody back or whatever. (Davis) was on.”