West Point heads to Lake Cormorant

Collin Brister
Sports Writer

West Point has plenty of goals for the 2017 football season, with the obvious number one goal of walking off of Vaught Hemingway stadium with another state championship trophy.
They have other goals, as well. They want to be perfect. They want a zero in the loss column when the season comes to an end.
They’re well on their way to it, starting the year off with six dominating victories where nobody kept the Green Wave within three touchdowns.
Things will get tougher for West Point over the next two weeks, however, as they’ll face what should be considered two of the top contenders in their districts during that period
West Point will head to Lake Cormorant on Friday night to take on a Gators team who they played in the regular season and the playoffs last year.
“We know that we’re going to get everybody’s best shot, and we have to be prepared for that,” West Point head coach Chris Chambless said. “Our kids have done a great job of getting ready every week, and we have to continue to do that.”
Lake Cormorant lost a plethora of their players after last year’s run to the north half championship, but they return experience at the quarterback position and along the offensive line.
The Gators were a force on the offensive side of the football last season, and while the production hasn’t been quite the same this year, they still have the ability to score points in bunches.
The Green Wave, however, do not allow teams to score points. They haven’t given up more than two touchdowns so far this season, and had their most dominant performance of the season last week, shutting out Center Hill.
“It’s nice to get a shutout,” Chambless said. “It’s something our guys take pride in. We have our second and third teamers in there fighting to try and keep the shutout, because they know how much it means to our first-string guys.”
The road to a district championship won’t get any easier for the Green Wave after Friday night, as they’ll return to Clay County to take on an Olive Branch team who is undefeated after not winning a game last season.
The Conquistadors have gotten remarkably better on both sides of the football, and will likely serve as the tallest obstacle to West Point’s run to back-to-back division titles.
West Point, however, is taking it one game at a time and not trying to get to far ahead of themselves.
“We’re just trying to go 1-0 each week,” Chambless said after the game Friday night. “That’s all we’re trying to do.”