Green Wave reigns on ground

Football stockBy Logan Lowery

Daily Journal

MACON – West Point’s offense is centered around its run game and talented back Aeris Williams.

Friday’s inclement conditions did not change the Green Wave game plan one bit. West Point gained 231 of its 240 yards on the ground for a 14-6 win over Noxubee County.

“It fits out style but we’ve got to do a better job holding onto the ball,” said West Point coach Chris Chambless. “Nobody fumbles or misses a tackle on purpose, it was the conditions. We did a great job on defense tonight. It wasn’t because it rained, we just got after it and played at a higher level and that’s what you’ve got to do to win football games. Our offense controlled the ball and scored points and that’s classic West Point football.”

The Green Wave (2-2) overcame four turnovers including three fumbles in the rain-soaked contest.

Williams carried the load for West Point with 35 carries for 162 yards and a touchdown.

“He’s the best back in the state,” said Noxubee coach Tyrone Shorter. “I thought our kids did a great job against him but we could only bottle him up for so long.”

Aeris breaks loose

In the second quarter, Williams broke loose on a 51-yard run down to the 3-yard line. Two plays later the Mississippi State verbal commitment plowed in from 2-yards out. Omar Lemus came on to kick the extra point giving West Point a 7-0 lead heading into halftime.

Noxubee (2-3) cashed in a break on the first drive of the second half. The Tigers took advantage of a roughing the punter penalty and reached the red zone on the following play after a 59-yard run by Tamorris Conner. Conner, the Tigers quarterback, scored on a 9-yard run two plays later but the two-point conversion run failed after a botched snap.

West Point capped off the victory with Josh Ewing’s 10-yard touchdown on a quarterback keeper with 42-seconds remaining.