Green Wave roll, await playoff details

Football stockBy Paul Jones

Special to the Journal

WEST POINT – For the first time in nearly a month, West Point head coach Chris Chambless could breathe a little easier in the first half. That’s because his Green Wave broke out early Thursday night against Lewisburg and rolled to an easy 62-34 victory.

Now Chambless and company wait to see if West Point opens the Class 5A playoffs on the road or at home. The Green Wave (7-4 overall, 5-2 in Division 1-5A) needs a Clarksdale loss to Center Hill tonight in order to host a first-round playoff game.

“We got off to a fast start,” said Chambless. “And we wanted a fast finish, too, no matter who we had on the field – A team, B team, second team or third team. It did get chaotic late there and we have to focus for four quarters. And we need that in the playoffs.”

Going out in style

On Senior Night, senior tailback and Mississippi State commitment Aeris Williams once again led the way. Williams had 15 carries for 109 yards and two scores, and also had three catches for 122 yards and another TD.

Williams spread the compliments around to his teammates.

“It was good and we were kinda sad because it could be our last home game,” said Williams. “I am just glad to have that O-line and they grind for us and they picked up those blitzes all night.”

In the first half, five West Point players scored. Roger Thomas, Dason Thomas and Josh Ewing each had a rushing touchdown to go with two TDs by Williams. Ewing also had a 23-yard touchdown pass to Quincy Starks.

And it was a good balance for the entire game for West Point, rushing for 214 yards while throwing for 237 yards.

“Our offense is rolling,” said Chambless. “Regardless of any mistakes we do make, we are able to overcome it and make up for it. We blocked well and we have some good backs, and all those guys on the offensive line are blocking well for us.”

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