West Point dominates Starkville 28-3

By: 
Collin Brister
Sports Writer

Murphy runs wild; West Point beats Starkville 28-3

BY COLLIN BRISTER

sports@dailytimesleader.com

West Point 28 Starkville 3

West Point head coach Chris Chambless’s team went 14-1 in 2016 and won the 5A state championship, yet people reminded him constantly about that lone blemish: Starkville.

That won’t happen this year, however, as West Point dominated Starkville Friday night to the tune of 28-3.

The Yellowjackets opened the game by scoring, putting together a nice drive that ended in three points to take a early lead.

That would be the only time that Starkville was able to put points on the scoreboard, however. West Point would essentially put the game away in the second quarter, when Marcus Murphy scored three touchdowns and put the Green Wave up 21-3 at the halftime buzzer.

West Point would sit on the football the entire second half, and Chris Calvert would add a late 40-yard touchdown run to increase the Green Wave lead to 28-3.

Starkville struggled all night passing the football vertically, and the Green Wave defense put them in downs-and-distances where they had to throw the ball to stay on the field.

West Point’s defense forced four turnovers on the night, and forced Starkville off the field three times when the Yellowjackets faced fourth down.

Murphy and Calvert run wild

West Point couldn’t find the end zone in the first quarter, even after driving the football into Yellowjacket territory multiple times.

That changed in the second period, however, as senior quarterback Marcus Murphy was able to rush for over 100 yards in the quarter and score three touchdowns.

Calvert got into the act on the night as well, rushing for 120 yards and a late touchdown. Murphy finished the game with 168 yards on 20 carries with three touchdowns. Calvert finished with over 100 yards and a 40-yard rushing touchdown

West Point wasn’t able to get much going through the air, especially after quarterback Jake Chambless left in the second period with an injury, but it didn’t matter with the way Murphy and Calvert churned out yards on the ground.

Defense Shines….Again

People around West Point are hesitant to say the 2017’s defense is the best that’s ever came through the program, but they sure look it.

After a long drive by Starkville was snuffed out inside the West Point 10-yard line, resulting in a Yellowjacket field goal, there were no more drives. There was nothing but chaos on the Starkville offense, as West Point’s defensive line was in the backfield all night.

West Point locked up Starkville from a secondary stand point, and the Green Wave limited the Yellow Jackets when they would catch a pass.

Quoteworthy

West Point’s Chris Chambless on the win:

“It’s Starkville and West Point. I didn’t have to give a speech, that enough is a big deal. This win feels good. It doesn’t matter if you’ve won or lost five in a row, winning this game will always feel good.”

Chambless On Marcus Murphy’s big night

“He just displays great leadership for us. He’s been banged around, and he’s hobbled but he was never going to come out of the game. That’s just the leader he’s been for us.”

What’s Next

Chambless said that the Green Wave needed an off week after the game, and they’ll get one next week before traveling to Noxubee County in week five of the season.

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