The West Point High football team has rebounded nicely since its tough season-opening loss to Shannon.
Since that 27-20 loss, the Green Wave has won its last two ballgames, including Friday night’s 33-13 victory over a big rival, Starkville.
This week, the task at hand for the Wave will be more difficult, as it visits defending Class 4A state champion Noxubee County. The Associated Press has the Tigers currently ranked No. 1, ahead of Shannon, in the state’s 4A classification.
“We know it’s always a big rivalry game,” said West Point head coach Chris Chambless. “Unfortunately for us, we have to play two rivalry games in a row.
“We will have a lot of focus this week in practice.”
The Wave (2-1) are ranked No. 2 in the Daily Journal’s area rankings and No. 3 in the state’s 5A classification. The Tigers embarrassed the Wave last year in West Point, winning 42-0.
“We don’t want to play any cupcakes,” said Chambless, who won’t have to worry about facing Noxubee in the playoffs, since West Point has moved up to 5A.
Believe it or not
You could probably count Ripley as a team that has almost zero cupcakes on its non-division schedule. The Tigers, in fact, could unofficially be considered the seventh member of Division 1-4A.
By the end of this week, the 3A Tigers (1-2) will have played three Division 1-4A teams – New Albany, Pontotoc and Itawamba AHS – this season.
Friday, Ripley will entertain the Journal’s third-ranked large school, Itawamba AHS (3-0).
Meanwhile, Pontotoc (3-0) will take its unbeaten record on the road when it plays at Houston.
Aberdeen, which lost to Pontotoc in Week 3, bounced back nicely to beat rival Amory, 36-3, on Friday. This week, the Bulldogs (2-2) will play at the Journal’s fifth-ranked small school, Okolona (2-1).
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