WEST POINT – West Point tailback Aeris Williams put on a show in the Green Wave’s season-opening loss last week with four touchdowns.
On Friday night against rival Starkville, Williams was again dominant – and had plenty of help from his teammates.
The 2014 Mississippi State commit ran for 258 yards with one touchdown rushing and one touchdown receiving as West Point rolled past Starkville 55-33.
Junior quarterback Josh Ewing also ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more.
Junior tailback Quincy Starks was also involved in the Green Wave explosion with 161 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
“It felt great,” said Ewing. “We did the little things right and have to do that every single game.”
Naturally, that production made West Point head coach Chris Chambless a happy man. As a team, West Point rushed for 279 yards in the second half and 486 for the game.
“We had a great week of practice and everybody came to play tonight,” said Chambless. “Starkville made a run in that second quarter but we kept our focus the whole game.”
The first half was nearly a tale of two different quarters. West Point jumped to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to the play of Ewing and Williams. Ewing threw for a touchdown and ran for another while Williams broke off a 49-yard touchdown run in that opening quarter.
And it was just the start for Williams.
“In practice, we all make each other better,” said Williams. “And Quincy is a great running back, too, and we just all push each other and encourage each other.”
Starkville (1-2), however, fought back quickly thanks to the efforts of junior receiver/defensive back AJ Brown.
After a Jacquez Horsley touchdown run cut the Green Wave lead to 21-6, Brown hauled in a 70-yard touchdown pass from Princeton Jones to help the Jackets crawl back into the game.
Two plays later, Brown returned an interception 41 yards and Starkville trailed just 21-19.
But Williams and the Green Wave had the final say in the first half as Williams’ 13-yard touchdown reception gave West Point a 28-19 halftime lead.
And that momentum definitely carried into the second half.
“That was huge,” said Chambless. “Starkville had grabbed the momentum and we had to grab it back.”