Green Wave lose to Wildcats

DTL Staff Report

It was another meeting between defending state champions on Friday night, but did not go in the way of the Class 5A title holder West Point Green Wave this time.

After opening the season with a victory over Class 6A State champion Horn Lake, the Green Wave fell to the Wildcats, 38-28, who won the trophy in Class 4A last year.

Louisville scored first in the game, but a touchdown run of 3 yards by Brandon Harris helped West Point tie the game at 7-7 with 1:30 remaining in the first quarter.

The Wildcats scored 10 unanswered points in the second quarter with a 25-yard pass and a 29-yard field goal to gain the advantage at 17-7.

Just before halftime, the Green Wave closed the gap to 17-14 when Harris hit Dantaryius Cannon for a 12- yard scoring pass.

It was back and forth in the third quarter as first West Point took the lead at 21-17 in the third quarter on a 3-yard touchdown run by Tae Gibbs at the 5:38 mark. Louisville jumped right back up to a 24-21 advantage in the third with a 44-yard pass play with 3 minutes left.

The Wildcats intercepted the Green Wave, then Michael Foster scored from 3 yards out to move out to a 10-point advantage at 31-21 with 10:38 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Gibbs scored another touchdown with 8:53 left in the game, but that was the final points for the Green Wave.

Louisville added one final touchdown to provide the final 10-point margin.

West Point (1-1) hosts rival Starkville next Friday.