Wave sees measuring stick with 'The Three Town Showdown'

By: 
JAY HENRY
For Daily Times Leader

There may be no better measuring stick for a defending high school football state champion than to bring in programs like South Panola and Meridian.

That's what the West Point Green Wave did on Friday night as they hosted the “The Three Town Showdown."

The main question on everyone's mind was would West Point, the 2017 MHSAA Class 5A State Championship, respond the following season.

For one night, the Green Wave showed they haven't lost much of a step as they went 2-0 against the two 6A powerhouses ending the spring on a very high note.

“Our kids worked very hard all spring,” West Point Coach Chris Chambless said. “Football is a very big deal in West Point and it’s something that the kids love. We’ve never had a problem getting them to play with intensity here and have a great community supporting us. I knew that we’d make mistakes as we did (Friday night), but I wanted to see us bounce back from those mistakes as we did. We’ll clean the mistakes up and gear up for another great season this fall with a full team effort with every snap.”

In game one, the Green Wave faced off against South Panola.

West Point received the opening kickoff, but fumbled on the first possession.

The Green Wave defense held strong forcing a punt, but once again it was nothing doing for the offense.

The defense forced another punt to give West Point another possession.

With 4:50 left in the first quarter, the Green Wave fumbled again at their own 28-yard line, but for the third time, the defense bailed them out keeping the game scoreless at the 3:08 mark of the period.

With 11:35 left in the second quarter, running back Jimothy Mays plowed into the end zone for West Point and with the Jose Lemus extra point sailing through the uprights, the Green Wave led 7-0.

The teams traded possessions, but with 5:54 remaining in the contest, Donte Smith recovered a fumble for West Point at its own 32-yard line.

With 1:37 left in the contest, running back Jaylun R. Eggerson found pay dirt from the 1-yard line. The extra point was good and Green Wave extended the lead to a 14-0 final score.

In game two, West Point faced off with Meridian.

The Green Wave elected to kick off and the defense was once again lights out on the opening possession.

The two teams battled throughout the period, but neither scored as the contest heading into the final minutes of the evening.

It was a defensive standoff, but with 46 seconds remaining, West Point got on the board with a 1-yard plunge from running back Kameron Martin. The extra point from Lemus was good and the Green Wave led 7-0 and walked away victorious for the second time for the evening.

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