Special to the Journal
WEST POINT – Before West Point and South Panola kicked off Thursday evening, Green Wave head coach Chris Chambless warned his team that every play would count.
Indeed, South Panola made one more play than West Point in a 14-10 victory. South Panola senior Darrell Henderson provided the margin of victory with a 13-yard touchdown run with 3:55 left and the Tigers defense made one final stand.
“Everything counts and every play counts,” said Chambless. “That was proven in this game.”
Tied at 7-7 at halftime, West Point broke through with a 23-yard field goal by Omar Lemus to grab a 10-7 lead with 6:18 left in the fourth quarter. But South Panola responded on the following possession and the Tigers’ winning drive was sparked by a 47-yard reception by junior Demetrivs Market.
“We said before the game it was going to come down to this,” said West Point coach Chris Chambless. “We just got to grow up character-wise and do a better job of staying up. … It hurts when you play as hard as you can and don’t come out on top. You got to live again and play the next week.”
The Wave opened the game with a 7-0 lead thanks to Quincy Starks’ 78-yard kickoff return.
Turning Point: Facing second-and-17 from their own 40, Tigers’ QB Tyler Pogue connected with Demetrivs Market for 47 yards. Darrell Henderson scored one play later to give the Tigers the lead for good.
Point Man: South Panola senior running back Darrell Henderson had 17 carries for 112 yards and the game-winning TD.
Talking Point: “Two hard-fighting teams that played their guts out. It came down to who made the last stand.” – South Panola coach Lance Pogue
• South Panola has now won all four games in the West Point series.
• Both teams combined for 169 yards of offense in the first half and both first-half touchdowns came on special teams’ play.
• West Point travels to Starkville next week.