12 Green Wave players named to all-state team

West Point quarterback Marcus Murphy finished with over 300 total yards on the night against Hattiesburg
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BRIAN HAMILTON
Staff Writer

West Point had a total of 12 players named to the Class 5A all-state team by the Mississippi Association of Coaches on Tuesday. The Green Wave had six players on the first team, including 5A Player of the Year Marcus Murphy, and six on the second team. Head coach Chris Chambless won Coach of the Year.

Eleven of those named to all-state were seniors, with Ryan Melton being the lone junior.

"Every one of them have been leaders for us and played big roles on the team last year also," Chambless said. "They'll be the first to tell you, we go where our seniors go. You're going to go as your attitude and your seniors want you to go."

Murphy, along with wide receiver Jason Brownlee and running back Chris Calvert were named to the first team offense. "The guys with the ball in their hands always do (get the spotlight)," Chambless said. "I don't have to explain to anybody how good those three are with the ball in their hands. They're very unselfish players. As long as we win, they wouldn't have cared if they carried it a time."

Defensive lineman Terrence Cherry, linebacker Xavier Fair, and defensive back Ryan Melton were named to the first team defense.

"Fair would be a heck of a coach," Chambless said. "He has an ability to know what's going to happen before it happens, and to know where everyone is supposed to be. He's going to study and know what's going on. He plays with an edge."

Brothers Zameek and Jameek Price were both tabbed as second-teamers on the offensive line.

"They've been steady every year they've been in this program," Chambless said. "They have a hard-nosed, tough man mentality. They're going to find a way to get the job done, no matter what."

Tight end/fullback Archie Jones was also named to the second team offense.

"(Archie) doesn't get a lot of glory because our H-backs are just an extension of our offensive line," Chambless said. "He blocks and we'll throw him a bone every now and then and let him carry the football. He did a very good job for us this year and played through a lot of pain."

Defensive lineman Ladarius Glover and Jamel Banks were both named to second team defense, while defensive back Tray Brownlee was also named to second team.

"Brownlee has been our guy playing center field for us at safety," Chambless said. "If he gets knocked down, he's going to get back up like it doesn't bother him. He's a cowboy boot-wearing country boy and just epitomizes what West Point football is all about."

With Glover and Banks joining Cherry on the all-state team, almost the entire Green Wave defensive line was named to all-state.

"We put an emphasis on controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball," Chambless said. "That is a part of football that has gotten away from a few teams at all levels because they're not physical at the point of attack. If you're physical at the point of attack, you're going to give yourself a really good chance to win ball games."

Head Coach Chris Chambless was named Class 5A Coach of the Year after leading West Point to a 15-0 season. However, Chambless deferred the credit to his assistant coaches.

"My name shouldn't have even been on that list," Chambless said. "A wise man told me a long time ago that you're only as good as the people you surround yourself with. These (assistant) coaches that we have, they genuinely do care about the kids. I couldn't have it any better than that."

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