Battle of defending champs has West Point at Horn Lake

Special to Daily Times Leader

West Point head coach Chris Chambless and his staff got out the cleaning utensils this week.

As the Green Wave prepared for tonight’s season opener at Horn Lake, Chambless said his team will need to play clean football first and foremost in order to win against an Eagle team, which went 15-0 and won a Class 6A State title. 

"They are riding off of their confidence last year," Chambless said of Horn Lake. "We know they are going to play hard and we have to travel up there. That always creates a challenge anytime you play on the road."

The Green Wave will need to be focused and treat the game like a business trip as Chambless said they need to play a game with limited turnovers on offense and tackle well on defense in order to win the game. The other objective is to get out of DeSoto County injury free. 
Traveling to Horn Lake creates a challenge for West Point as Chambless said it can't just step out onto McAllister Field, the Green Wave actually have to travel on a bus for a couple of hours. 

"It is a different atmosphere than what we are used to," Chambless said. "You have to prepare mentally for that."

Kickoff for the West Point opener is at 7 p.m.

Chambless said game experience was an important reason for to schedule Horn Lake the first game of the season. 

"We have a lot of guys on the field who need to get some reps," Chambless said. "That is something that this team needs. Game experience will be a positive for us."