West Point powers into 5A semifinals

By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal

WEST POINT – The West Point Green Wave has something in common with the two teams who beat them this season:
All three are playing in MHSAA North champion-ship games on Friday.
They also share something in common with another state semifinals team they’ve played, Starkville. West Point beat the defending North 5A champs 47-22 earlier this season.
The two play Friday in Starkville with a trip to Jackson on the line.
“It’s a huge game. We feel fortunate enough to be there and hope we play well enough to keep going,” West Point coach Chris Chambless said.
South Panola, which beat the Green Wave 12-10 on a last-second field goal in the season-opener, plays in the 6A semifinals while Noxubee County, a 6-0 winner against the Wave, plays in the 4A game.
West Point (11-2) averages nearly 35 points per game. The points have come on the ground behind a pair 1,000-yard rushers.
“We’ve got a lot of plays and everybody on the field is a playmaker,” quarterback Tez Lane said. “Our plays are designed to score.”
Aeris Williams has rushed for 1,519 yards on 268 carries. Lane is a running back under center with 1,261 yards on 191 carries.
Focused on run
West Point has completed less than 40 percent of its passes. That’s fine with Chambless. It’s not what his team does.
“We do what we like to do and anything else is a bonus,” he said. “We have an identity and that’s what we stick to.”
The defense allows 11.8 points per game and has held six teams to a touchdown or less. High-scoring Noxubee County managed only one trip to the end zone and South Panola kicked four field goals.
The Wave’s state championship team from two seasons ago allowed the same 11.8 points per game.
brandon.speck@journalinc.com